Conceptual art is art that consists of ideas, not their realization. It tests the

boundaries of art, by eliminating the art object entirely. Legal scholars should be

interested in conceptual art because it can help them test the boundaries of legal

doctrines and their justifications. I created a work of conceptual art that reflects

on both the securities laws and copyright doctrine. Among other things, I asked

the SEC and the Copyright Office to opine on that work, with limited success. I

use my experience to reflect on how conceptual art can illuminate our

understanding of the law.

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Brian L. Frye, Conceptual Copyright, 66 S.D. L. Rev. 183 (2021).


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