Vermont Law School Thwarts Claim It Can’t Hide Slavery Murals

Oct. 20, 2021, 10:26 PM

Vermont Law School can permanently cover controversial murals depicting the Underground Railroad without violating an artists rights law, a Vermont federal court said.

Artist Samuel Kerson argued the school’s plans to hide his murals behind bolted-in acoustic sheetrock panels violated the Visual Artists Rights Act, which conditionally restrains parties from destroying or modifying works without artist permission.

But the law doesn’t cover hiding works, even though both parties agree it will be impossible to remove the panels without damaging the work, the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont said.

The decision holds that VARA protects the integrity of ...

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