Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
ART EXHIBIT GIVES VIEWERS A FEW STOLEN MOMENTS An art exhibit that pokes fun at the breadth of U.S. intellectual property law is infringing on San Francisco this month. The so-called “Illegal Art Exhibit” consists of works that appropriate other people’s IP — from copyrighted music and news footage to corporate logos and celebrity images. The pieces provide a jab at American culture while criticizing laws that prohibit artists from borrowing from other artwork. “We wanted to do something to have a public debate about copyright law,” said Carrie McLaren, the publisher of Stay Free magazine. “We wanted to humanize it, put a face on it, instead of having an esoteric conversation.” Stay Free, which is devoted to media and consumer culture, is sponsoring the exhibit, which has previously been shown in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The visual portion of the show is at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery at Fort Mason through July 25 while the video segment will play at the Roxie Cinema on July 23 and 24. The gallery includes a series of postage stamps that artist Michael Hernandez de Luna affixed to letters and sent through the mail. One is a photo of Pope John Paul II with the inscription “International Pedophile Week Thru Good Friday,” and is affixed to an envelope embossed with the Boy Scouts of America logo. Other displays include Natlka Husar’s paintings, which were produced over the covers of romance novels. Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. has threatened legal action against the works, each of which carry the logo “A Husar Romance.” And in another exhibit Kembrew McLeod displays his trademark on the phrase “Freedom of Expression” and describes the lawsuit he pretended to pursue to enforce it. On the video side, the series includes Phil Patiris’ “Iraq Campaign 1991,” a critique of what he calls the media and industrial complex using network news footage, clips from “Star Trek” and sports coverage. The Illegal Art Exhibit also boasts a star attraction. Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, who has long criticized what he sees as the abuse of IP law, participated in a panel discussion when the exhibit opened. And he will be at the Roxie on July 23 to introduce the video show and take questions afterward. – Brenda Sandburg DROP DOWN AND GIVE ME 20 For two decades, Nickolas Tooliatos has pursued parallel career paths as a military commander and a lawyer. Tooliatos, a tax and probate attorney at Pleasanton’s McNichols, Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, achieved a career milestone last month when he officially took command of the 104th Division’s 3rd Brigade. The move means that Tooliatos, a colonel in the reserves, will oversee nearly 500 soldiers in 14 Western states. “The Army reserves is always somewhat of a demanding mistress for those of us who do it,” says Tooliatos, acknowledging that his brigade’s geographic diversity will make his new assignment more challenging than past ones. But for Tooliatos, the 3rd Brigade’s mission is critical. It trains military police, engineers and other combat support personnel in a variety of skills — everything from firing grenade launchers to setting up satellite transmitters. Many of these trainees could be called to serve in Iraq within the next few months. “I consider it extremely important,” Tooliatos says. “The soldiers that I’m training are going to be put in harm’s way in the immediately foreseeable future.” – Alexei Oreskovic PRO BONO PERSPIRO Latham & Watkins litigator Thomas Duley hasn’t swung a hammer in more than a decade, but that didn’t stop him from enlisting with Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. Duley, a senior associate, was one of about 20 lawyers and summer associates from Latham who volunteered to help build homes over the weekend. The Latham crew was scheduled to work on a 36-unit townhouse development on Rolinson Road in Redwood City. Duley, a registered architect who worked various construction jobs to support himself through school, said he’s anxious to get back into the swing of homebuilding. “We’ll see how the skills have survived my legal education,” Duley said. – Renee Deger EXPECT A FEW LAWYER JOKES It’s a big month for lawyers-turned-entertainers. The Kinsey Sicks, dubbed “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” return home this month for shows July 19 and 26 at Herbst Theatre. The foursome, two of whom � Benjamin Schatz and Irwin Keller � are former San Francisco lawyers, perform a capella in over-the-top drag outfits while satirizing well-known musical hits. Their act was nominated for Best Off-Broadway Musical of 2001 by the Lucille Lortel Foundation during a stint at New York’s Studio 54, and they’ve been on the road ever since, traveling coast to coast as well as in Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, former lawyer Lara Kehoe directs Plethora Comedy Troupe’s upcoming show, “In the Neighborhood,” through July 26 at the Shelton Theater on Sutter Street. The show is billed as “A Twisted Train Trip to a Town of Make Believe With a Neurotic Network of Neighbors.”Sounds like law school might have been good preparation. — Recorder staff

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.