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Thursday, May 24, 2007

SODRAC is toothless and useless organization

Howdy!

Yesterday I was at the press preview for the Bruce Nauman exhibit that is opening at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal tomorrow. As has become a very bad standard operating practice, in the press package there was a notice from SODRAC that stated in unequivocal terms that the pictures couldn't be cropped, and that there must be a copyright notice.

Well, if you notice this is the current front page of the museum's website.


The only copyright notice I see on it is this one: "© 2005-2007 Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal." Then if you look at this picture

Mean Clown Welcome, 1985, Tubes au néon montés sur monolithe de métal, Collection Udo and Anette Brandhorst Collection, Cologne, Avec l'aimable permission de la Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, ©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007)

It appears to be the exact same one as on the front page of the museum's website, only not cropped. What gives? Why isn't SODRAC enforcing its policy with the museum? Or is there something I don't know?

Then just so I don't have to spend any more time in court ('cuz it really ain't fun) the fine print Mean Clown Welcome, 1985, Tubes au néon montés sur monolithe de métal, Collection Udo and Anette Brandhorst Collection, Cologne, Avec l'aimable permission de la Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, ©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007)

[update 5:04 pm: And can anyone find "©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007)" anywhere near or around this article in La Presse? Or this photo in La Presse?]

[update 5:50 pm: Does anyone know if there is a "©Bruce Nauman / SODRAC (2007)" anywhere near or around this advertisement?

Or what negotiations were required in order to allow the picture to be modified and used for commercial purposes? - Thanks a gazillion and a half times to Michael Boyle for taking the picture of the ad and for letting me post it here.
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