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Estate of Vivian Maier v. Goldstein

Estate of Vivian Maier v. Jeffrey Goldstein, No. 1:17-cv-02951 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 20, 2017).

This ongoing federal case demonstrates the distinction between the physical ownership of artwork and ownership of its copyright. The case pits the Estate of Vivian Maier , an amateur photographer whose increasingly valuable work was only discovered around the time of her death, against the owner of thousands of Maier’s works, over who owns the copyright to the images.

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