Online 27 February 2023, 9-10am Free Livestream: Closed Captions

What licensing challenges do NFTs pose for artists and cultural institutions? How are the technical and legal components of copyright licences evolving in Web3?

The ‘metaverse’ raises a number of legal issues concerning artists’ and cultural institutions’ intellectual property and moral rights. The Legal Lab Live series addresses these by convening conversations with thought leaders and practitioners who are building new systems and approaches to art, law and technology.

Join Serpentine’s Legal Lab Principal Investigator, Alana Kushnir, and legal scholar, internet activist and artist, Primavera de Filippi, for the third Legal Lab Live session as they explore the legal and technical uncertainties of licensing NFTs (non-fungible tokens). They will introduce the Token Bound Licence – a new copyright license developed by Primavera in collaboration with the Legal Lab, IC3 and the COALA NFT Taskforce — a community of researchers, technologists, artists and lawyers. This license is designed specifically for use with NFTs, allowing transfer of rights along with the transfer of the NFT.

This event will be streamed live on 27 February 09:00-10:00 London Time/10:00-11:00 Central European Time/20:00-21:00 Australian Eastern Time. Audience members will be able to ask questions throughout the conversation via our Twitch channel interface.

Important Information

The information and material provided as part of this event is of a general nature only and should not be considered legal or financial advice. If you are an artist or cultural organisation entering into the Metaverse and/or Web3 we recommend you obtain specific advice from a qualified professional who can take into account your circumstances and particular needs.

You will need to create a Twitch account to join the conversation in real-time and take part. This is free and instructions can be found here.

Artist Bios

Alana Kushnir

Alana Kushnir is an art lawyer, advisor and curator based in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to being the Principal investigator of the Serpentine Legal Lab, she is the Founder and Director of Guest Work Agency, an art law and advisory practice that provides innovative legal solutions for the art industry. Guest Work Agency is also a curatorial practice, initiating and collaborating on projects, exhibitions and writing at the intersection of art, technology and the law. Alana is a Board Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and a regular guest speaker and contributing writer on all things art, tech and law. 

Primavera De Fillipi

Primavera De Fillipi is a legal scholar, Internet activist and artist, whose work focuses on the blockchain, peer production communities and copyright law. She is a permanent researcher at the CNRS and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Primavera is the co-founder and co-director of COALA Foundation, an international organiszation and think-tank focused on bridging the web3 ecosystem with the legal domain. 


COALA is a unique, collaborative, global and multidisciplinary community that brings together individual experts in the decentraliszed ecosystem to explore the implications and deployment of blockchain technologies at the nexus of our evolving social and economic order in the 21st century. 

The Serpentine Legal Lab is a contributing partner of the COALA Licensing Taskforce that brings together diverse stakeholders – from domain experts to drivers at global institutions -in working groups and projects. Experts in the COALA community cross-pollinate and collaboratively work on the deployment of blockchain-based legal and technical frameworks, standards and applications alongside governance policies that enable innovation and evolution of systems and networks for the social good. 

About Arts Technologies

Serpentine Arts Technologies collaborate with artists to generate new understandings and knowledge specific to advanced technologies that artists are interested in researching and interrogating. The team has two operational areas of focus: commissioning and research and development. These manifest in artist-led projects and the R&D Platform. 

About Serpentine Legal Lab

As part of Serpentine Arts Technologies’ R&D Platform, the Legal Lab explores how the law can better support collaborations across art, science and technology. The Lab is a space for investigating legal issues and prototyping accessible legal solutions for the art field. Legal Lab Live is a series of conversations on law and the metaverse presented on Twitch throughout 2022-23. 

Curated and produced by:

Alana Kushnir as part of Serpentine Legal Lab in collaboration with Serpentine Arts Technologies.


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