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The Un-Edenic State of Copyright

by chin-chin yap

A court decision mows down a planted artwork and casts doubt over a long
legacy of art incorporating natural elements.

SAM VAN AKEN, New Edens: Trees of 40 Fruit, 2011 (Detail). Photo by Bill Orcutt. 

Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

A bevy of blooms recently assumed center stage at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois. The art community was closely watching Chapman Kelley v. Chicago Park District (2011), a case with compelling repercussions for copyright law…

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