Bartow Copyright Collection

Was Uncle Sam Original or a Rip-off?

Uncle Sam mechanical banks have been on the American scene at least since June 8, 1886, when Design Patent No. 16,728, issued on a toy savings bank of its type. The basic delightful design has long since been in the public domain. The banks are well documented in collectors' books and known to the average person interested in Americana.

Bartow Copyright Collection : You Stole my Poster for your Cover

In these actions for copyright infringement, plaintiff Saul Steinberg is suing the producers, promoters, distributors and advertisers of the movie "Moscow on the Hudson" ("Moscow"). Steinberg is an artist whose fame derives in part from cartoons and illustrations he has drawn for The New Yorker magazine.

Artist behind Obama 'Hope' poster had lost his hope but then was found

The Bartow Collection expands its reach from the display case to the nearby walls of the IP Library. Street artist Shepard Fairey and The Associated Press settled a copyright dispute over who owned the rights to the iconic Obama “Hope” poster.

Bartow Copyright Collection : Come See What Defelated the Artist's Balloon

Jeff Koons sells his work for more than any other American living artist.  Jeff Koons is not only an artist who can sell his work for millions of dollars, he is also often treated as a rock star. “I am enjoying every moment of this, I have to tell you,” he said in his remarks. “And I am enjoying it because I really believe in art, I really believe in the transcendence that it has given me, it has taught me how to feel.” Art critic Deborah Solomon has named him "the inflation artist".

Bartow Copyright Collection : How Could Mickey Start so Much Trouble?

This is the first in a series of posts on the items in the newly curated Bartlow Copyright Collection. Professor Bartow has donated many of the physical props from famous copyright cases she uses in class to the IP Library. The collection compliments the Blair Patent Model Collection and the Baer : Father of Video Games Permanent Display. The first featured item arose a few years after the Law School was founded.

Walt Disney Prods. v. Air Pirates, 581 F.2d 751 (1988)