Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  March 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM EST

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A photograph by Firooz Zahedi shows Elizabeth Taylor ‘Dressed as an Odalisque’ during a trip the artist and the actress took together to Iran in 1976. Zahedi’s photos of Taylor from that vacation are currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through June 12, 2011. Image courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Firooz Zahedi

Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79. We’ll have more on her life and career tonight on the NewsHour.

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A federal judge in New York has ruled that a settlement between Google and the Author’s Guild, which would have enabled the Internet technology company to digitize millions of books, is a violation of copyright law, via The New York Times.

NewsHour examined the Google Books project in 2009. Watch that segment here. Jeffrey Brown talked to authors who were on both sides of the battle. Ursula Le Guin was a vocal opponent of the deal, and writer James Gleick discussed the deal from the Authors Guild’s perspective.

We’ll have more on the Google Books ruling later on Wednesday here on Art Beat.

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group in a lawsuit between the record company and the management company that represents rapper Eminem over royalties owed to the artist for songs that had been downloaded digitally, via the Detroit Free Press|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE.

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Another cast member of “Spider-Man” was injured in a performance on March 16 during a mock-battle scene, via CNN.

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A marble Aphrodite statue that had been in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum since the late 1980s was returned to Sicily last week, via the Los Angeles Times.