Tuesday, April 01, 2008

"Without freedom, no art"

From today's New York Law Journal ($): "An unlicensed street vendor, who sold tiles decorated with photographic reproductions, was entitled to First Amendment protection, a Manhattan [criminal court] judge has ruled. The court held that the peddler's 'creations' amounted to 'artwork' within the meaning of a 1997 injunction, in which New York City agreed to permanently refrain from enforcing licensing requirements against vendors who sold 'paintings, photographs, prints and/or sculpture.'"

The decision is here. The 1997 case is here.