Why contracts about IP rights and payment are essential in the arts

Why contracts about IP rights and payment are essential in the arts

A recent story covered by ContractsProf Blog discusses allegations that an assistant to famous glass blowing artist Dale Chihuly was to be “taken care of” and treated “fairly” in exchange for his work. The assistant claimed to have co-authored 285 pieces of art and sought to have his co-authorship recognized and compensated. The court found that the lack of a formal contract between the assistant and Chihuly meant that Chihuly did not intend to share authorship of the art. Moreover, the failure to specify the compensation to be paid to the assistant hindered the assistant’s claims for compensation. See more details here.