Artists’ Rights: A Guide to Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Legal Issues in the Visual Arts Sphere


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by Molly Torsen Stech

(2015)  ISBN 9781903987292


This book provides an overview of various ways in which the spheres of art and copyright law come into contact with one another. While copyright laws are domestic in nature, the arts are increasingly international in scope, inspiration, and dissemination. The book highlights some of the challenges inherent in this overlap, ranging from definitional discrepancies between disciplines to circumstances that would benefit from more legal clarity – domestic or otherwise – to provide appropriate guidance to creators and to the organizations that display, sell or otherwise use their artworks.

Professor Stech confronts the challenges of copyright law in the digital environment and seeks to address the challenges that are raised, not only by digitization but by new media of expression.

As international art fairs proliferate, and as artists of all disciplines inspire and build from each other’s works and ideas, the role of copyright in an artist’s life can only become more important. Stech introduces artists to legal concepts in the intellectual property space that could become important tools in managing their artworks now and into the future.

About the Author:

Molly Torsen Stech is Counsel in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the US Copyright Office and Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. She was the inaugural recipient of the Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Scholarship. She has consulted for the World Intellectual Property Organization, the British Academy and the International Foundation for Art Research.

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