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…..
Charles E. Colman, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, NYU School of Law; Founder, Charles Colman Law, PLLC
Matthew Holtzclaw, Entertainment Consultant, The Artifice Group
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