Violin Fraud: Deception, Forgery, and Law Suits in England and America / Edition 2

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Frauds, forgeries, and thefts in the world of valuable antiques are recurring more and more. Easy money can be made by a clever crook. What should the seller, buyer, or owner of a violin (or other string instrument) look out for? What are one's options when a label is wrong or there is a dispute as to correct attribution? What sensible precautions should sellers take? What can be done when a violin is stolen? All these matters (and more) are dealt with in this book. This new edition includes a discussion of American Law as it relates to violin commerce, including a discussion of violin theft, fraud, contract and consignment issues, product disparagement, slander, auction issues, tax issues, secret commissions, ethics, and intellectual property theft.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198166559
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Cases
Table of Legislation
Pt. I The English Scene
1 A Case Study in Supply and Demand - the Violin Scene 3
2 History of Violin Frauds 11
3 Liability for Misdescriptions - An Overview of the Civil and Criminal Law 20
4 Business or Pleasure - Legal Traps 34
5 Misdescriptions and False Labels 39
6 Fakes and Forgeries - the Problem of Attribution 54
7 Stolen Violins 75
8 Improving Violin Trading and Repairing Standards 94
Tailnote 99
Pt. II The American Scene
9 The Purloined Violin 103
10 Intentional and Innocent Misdescriptions 120
11 Breach of Contract and Warranties 130
12 Auctions 142
13 Discovery of Fraud and Deception: Fiddling Away the Time - the Statute of Limitations and Other Defences 155
14 Defamation and Product Disparagement 162
15 Tax Issues 168
16 The Hazards of Secret Commissions and the Duty to Disclose 171
17 Criminal Liability 176
18 Ethics 181
19 Intellectual Property Rights 183
Tailnote 192
App. 1 A Summary of Practical Guidelines for Everyone Involved in the British Violin Trade 193
App. 2 Uniform Commercial Code, Sections 2-326, 2-327, and 2-328 198
App. 3 American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Inc. Code of Conduct 201
Bibliography 207
Index to Part I (The English Scene) 209
Index to Part II (The American Scene) 211
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