Handyman Won’t Get Co-Author Credit for Chihuly Paintings

March 2, 2021, 10:38 PM

A handyman who said he co-authored several Dale Chihuly paintings won’t get credit for them, after the Ninth Circuit held that he had failed to identify any particular copyrightable works to which he had contributed.

Michael Moi claimed he collaborated on 285 paintings with Chihuly, including creating the backgrounds in Chihuly’s style for the artist to add his designs later, but that Chihuly didn’t acknowledge his assistants for their contributions. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington said in 2019 that the paintings don’t qualify as “joint works” under the Copyright Act.

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