senate Bill S6794

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the authenticity, attribution and authorship of fine works of art

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
May 06, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 05, 2014 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2014 1st report cal.481
Mar 11, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

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Apr 30, 2014 - Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee Vote

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S6794 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9016
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Arts and Cultural Affairs Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง13.04, Arts & Cul L

S6794 - Summary

Relates to the authenticity, attribution and authorship of fine works of art; defines the term authenticator and stipulates that in a civil action regarding authenticity, the claimant must specify with particularity the facts and prove the elements by clear and convincing evidence; entitles the authenticator to recover reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses if he/she prevails.

S6794 - Sponsor Memo

S6794 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6794

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to  opin-
  ions  concerning  authenticity, attribution and authorship of works of
  fine art

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.   The arts and cultural affairs law is amended by adding a
new section 13.04 to read as follows:
  S 13.04. OPINIONS AS TO THE AUTHENTICITY, ATTRIBUTION OR AUTHORSHIP OF
WORKS OF FINE ART. 1. IN ANY CIVIL ACTION BROUGHT AGAINST AN AUTHENTICA-
TOR THAT ARISES FROM OR RELATES TO THE AUTHENTICATOR'S OPINION OR INFOR-
MATION CONCERNING A WORK OF FINE ART, THE CLAIMANT SHALL:
  (A) SPECIFY WITH PARTICULARITY IN THE COMPLAINT  FACTS  SUFFICIENT  TO
SUPPORT EACH ELEMENT OF THE CLAIM OR CLAIMS ASSERTED; AND
  (B) PROVE THE ELEMENTS OF SUCH CLAIM OR CLAIMS BY CLEAR AND CONVINCING
EVIDENCE.
  2.  IN  ANY  ACTION  DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, THE
AUTHENTICATOR SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER HIS, HER  OR  ITS  REASONABLE
ATTORNEYS'  FEES,  COSTS  AND  EXPENSES  IF  AND  TO THE EXTENT THAT THE
AUTHENTICATOR PREVAILS IN SUCH ACTION.
  3. "AUTHENTICATOR" AS USED IN THIS SECTION SHALL MEAN, SUBJECT TO  THE
LIMITATIONS  IN THE FINAL SENTENCE OF THIS PARAGRAPH, A PERSON OR ENTITY
RECOGNIZED IN THE VISUAL ARTS COMMUNITY AS  HAVING  EXPERTISE  REGARDING
THE ARTIST OR WORK OF FINE ART WITH RESPECT TO WHOM SUCH PERSON OR ENTI-
TY  RENDERS AN OPINION IN GOOD FAITH AS TO THE AUTHENTICITY, ATTRIBUTION
OR AUTHORSHIP OF A WORK OF FINE ART, OR A PERSON OR ENTITY RECOGNIZED IN
THE VISUAL ARTS OR SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AS HAVING EXPERTISE IN  UNCOVER-
ING  FACTS  THAT  SERVE  AS  A DIRECT BASIS, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FOR AN
OPINION AS TO THE AUTHENTICITY, ATTRIBUTION OR AUTHORSHIP OF A  WORK  OF
FINE  ART. "AUTHENTICATOR" SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, AUTHORS
OF CATALOGUES RAISONNE OR OTHER SCHOLARLY TEXTS IN WHICH AN  OPINION  AS
TO  THE  AUTHENTICITY,  ATTRIBUTION  OR  AUTHORSHIP  OF A WORK OF ART IS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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