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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Law works around truth; magic works around deception. What ties the two together? In 2012, Gerard Bakardy showcased his illusion titled, “The Rose and Her Shadow” in a YouTube video and offered to reveal his secrets to viewers for $3,050. Magicians Penn and Teller, the creators behind “Shadows,” accused Bakardy of copyright infringement and filed a lawsuit. But Bakardy argues that simple, everyday tricks that are a part of the common knowledge should not be subject to copyright protection. When do magic and law intersect? What areas of law, if any, protect magicians and their secrets?
• Whether copyright law, trademark law, or trade secrets legally protect magicians and their tricks
• The legal limitations to protecting magic tricks
• Perhaps a magic trick or two…..
New York Law School, "The Laws of Magic" (2013). Institute for Information Law and Policy at NYLS (Event Posters). 67.