Court rules that stripping is not art
A New York state strip club has been told it cannot avoid tax - because its lap dances are not culturally enriching.
The Nite Moves club in Albany had argued that it should not have to pay sales tax under a performing arts exemption.
But the state's supreme court ruled narrowling - by a margin of four to three - against the petition.
The majority of judges said the taxes applied to businesses in the entertainment industries, such as amusement parks and sports events.
Nite Moves had not sufficiently proved that its activities were "promoting cultural and artistic performances in local communities", they added.
But some justices noted there was no legal distinction between "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance", and the case raised "significant constitutional problems".
Lawyers representing the club said their client was very disappointed by the court's ruling.
"We thought they were listening, and some of them were," said lawyer W Anderson McCullough.
Local tax officials maintained that the strip club did not qualify under the current exemptions for dramatic and performing arts.
what do you think?
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Clearly, the female form in the photograph with today's article, if it remains unchanged, is a work of art. Throughout history, nudity has been many times portrayed as an art form. Garden statues have been traditionally naked. Angels are normally drawn or painted in that fashion. Part of the subject of art, I suppose, is the study of "beauty". Is stripping an art form or something like gambling? Most of the photographic books and magazines I ever read included numerous examples of females, not always completely dressed. Nudes have often been used in art classes for drawing, photography and painting, although, I've never been to such lessons. Is it a gambling den or is it an art museum? I suppose, really, it might be classed as both a bar and a place to study art if they provide alcoholic drinks? I would imagine they do provide alcoholic drinks. An army friend of my dad's bought him a stripping book as a present during the 1970s and I thought it seemed very artistic. I'm being serious. I'd say, if they should be taxed then I hope it's not by too much or an excessive level and they should be happy to be allowed to run such businesses.
In other words, as Kenith Connor would say, corrrrrrr :-)