Sunday, September 30, 2007

More About Copyright - Art and Law

Additional resources for visual artists about copyright and its protections include:

Copyright in Visual Arts – Franklin Pierce Law Center - Thomas G. Field, Jr.

Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts - U. S. Copyright Center

Visual Artists Rights Act – Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D. - These rights exist independent of the artist’s rights of copyright

Artists Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act: Understanding Your (Limited) Moral Rights - Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts/St. Louis

The Arts and the Law/Florida - This is a 255-page legal guide available in print for $20 from the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Dept.
"This publication is for artists and arts organizations
and contains information such as copyright,
consignment and sales, contracts, representation,
starting and running a business, Florida Statutes
affecting the arts, and a listing of state and national
resources. It provides sample forms (government,
agreements, contracts, model releases) and numerous
sections dealing with incorporation of nonprofit and for
profit businesses, liability, partnerships, leases, use of
fictitious names, and much more."
Ringgold v. Black Entertainment Television, Inc. – An episode of the sitcom, “ROC” used a poster of Faith Ringgold’s “Church Picnic Story Quilt” as a set decoration. She sued for violation of her copyright.

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