Facing The Music: Luthiers And The Lacey Act

Law360, New York (November 8, 2011, 12:14 PM EST) -- In 1709, luthier Antonio Stradivari came into a particularly rich stock of maple, from which he would build the legendary Stradivarius violins of his "Golden Period," many still in use today.[1] While Niccolo Paganini reportedly suggested that Stradivari used only wood from the trees in which nightingales sang, the origins of Stradivari's tonewood trove remain obscure.

We can be fairly certain, however, that the master did not worry too much about export restrictions, endangered species or the environment while building his masterpieces. For his modern American...
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