VARA’s Moral Rights Experiment

When: October 27, 2017 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT - This event has passed

VARA’s Moral Rights Experiment:

Examining the History, Caselaw and Policies Underlying the Visual Artists Rights Act


Join CSUSA’s NY Chapter for our October Luncheon at The Princeton Club. The panel will explore the history of VARA, review key cases, and examine the policies underlying the statute and artists’ moral rights, both pro and con.

CSUSA is a certified CLE provider in New York and Pennsylvania. Program will provide one NY and PA CLE credit.


Amy Adler is the Emily Kempin Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where she teaches Art Law, First Amendment Law, and Feminist Jurisprudence. The Law School awarded her its Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. Adler’s recent scholarship addresses an array of issues such as the First Amendment treatment of visual images, the misfit between copyright law and the art market, the legal regulation of pornography, and the moral rights of artists. A leading expert on the intersection of art and law, Adler has lectured about these topics to a wide variety of audiences, from attorneys general to museum curators to the FBI. Adler graduated from the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and where she received the Marshall Allison Prize in the arts and letters. Adler clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the NYU Law faculty.

Irina Tarsis, Esq., is an art historian and a practicing attorney in Brooklyn, New York. Founder and Director of the Center for Art Law, she consults on various art law matters such as estate planning for artists, title disputes, copyright infringement and fair use, artists’ rights, restitution, and authenticity. Irina lectures widely on the subject of resale royalty rights, due diligence in provenance research, fair use issues affecting visual arts and many others. Her publications include articles in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, ASIL Insights, Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, the IFAR Journal, the ArtWatch UK Journal and Art Antiquity and Law. Irina is an active member of the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Art Law Committee of New York City Bar. She is the current co-chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association and the past chair of the Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Irina has served on the faculty of the European Shoah Legacy Institute/Provenance Research Training Workshops in Vilnius, Lithuania (2013), Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy (2014). She holds degrees from University of Virginia, Harvard University and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Daniel Weiner is a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York City, where he heads the Commercial Litigation group.  Dan represents diverse players in the art world – including auction houses, museums, art galleries, buyers and sellers of art, and artists themselves.  He was co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in the first VARA case handled at the trial and appellate levels, Carter v. Helmsley-Spear.  Since then, he has worked on several VARA cases, including filing an amicus curiae brief in the Pembroke Real Estate case in the First Circuit, which addressed whether “site-specific” art is protected under VARA.



Barry Werbin (moderator) is counsel at Herrick, Feinstein LLP and a member of its Intellectual Property and Technology Group.  Barry concentrates his practice in copyright, trademark, publicity rights, unfair competition, e-commerce, software and technology issues.  In addition to litigating infringement and licensing cases, including those involving computer screen interfaces and software systems, Barry handles a broad variety of content and brand licensing transactions, Internet marketing agreements, publishing deals, IP due diligence, software development, IT support agreements, and data and computer security breaches. He is former Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s Copyright & Literary Property Committee, and currently serves as a member of the CSUSA NYC Planning Committee, co-chair of the NYS Bar EASL Section’s Publicity, Privacy and Media Committee and a member of the EASL Executive Committee.  Barry also lectures on software and copyright protection at St. John’s and Brooklyn Law Schools.



Register by 10/18 and receive $10 off!

Members: $80
Student Members: $65  |  Use promo code NYstudent2017 when registering. Must be a current full-time student member of the Society and able to present a valid student ID at check-in. 



Early-Bird Discount: October 18, 2017, Midnight EDT
Final Registration Deadline: October 26, 2017, Midnight EDT


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CLE Credit Details

CSUSA is a certified CLE provider in New York and Pennsylvania. Program will provide one NY and PA CLE credit.

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