Artists Rights Society

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Artists Rights Society (ARS) is a copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. Founded in 1987, ARS represents the intellectual property rights interests of over 50,000 visual artists and estates of visual artists from around the world (painters, sculptors, photographers, architects and others).

Member artists & estates[edit]

The long list of the artists represented by ARS includes such names as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Bonnard, Constantin Brâncuși, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Edvard Munch, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, among many others.[1] In addition to estates, ARS represents many living artists, including Damien Hirst, Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer, Robert Morris, Richard Serra, Hans Haacke, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Robert Irwin, Brice Marden, Dorothea Rockburne, Mark Tobey, and Bruce Nauman, among others.[2]

Infringement and advocacy[edit]

In 2002 and 2006, ARS asked Google to remove customised versions of its logo put up to commemorate artists Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró, alleging that portions of specific artworks under their protection had been used in the logos, and that they were utilized without permission. According to Theodore Feder, president of ARS, "there are underlying copyrights to the works of Miró, and they are putting it up without having the rights."[3] Google complied with the request, but denied that there was any violation of copyright.

Since 2008, ARS and Google have worked together to produce customized versions of Google's logo to commemorate ARS member artists, Marc Chagall, René Magritte and Jackson Pollock. The Chagall customized logo appeared with permission of ARS and the Estate of Marc Chagall on July 8, 2008, to celebrate what would have been Chagall's 121st birthday.[4] The Magritte customized logo appeared with permission of ARS and the Estate of René Magritte on November 12, 2008, to celebrate what would have been Magritte's 110th birthday.[4] The Pollock customized logo appeared with permission of ARS and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation on January 28, 2009, to celebrate what would have been Pollock's 97th birthday.[4]

In June 2008, ARS president Theodore Feder worked with artist Frank Stella to create an Op-Ed for The Art Newspaper decrying a proposed U.S. orphan works law. In it, Stella wrote,

The Copyright Office proposal would have a disproportionately negative, even catastrophic, impact on the ability of painters and illustrators to make a living from selling copies of their work... It is deeply troubling that government should be considering taking away their principal means of making ends meet—their copyrights.[5]

In July 2008, ARS worked with the Illustrator's Partnership of America (IPA) and the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) to submit to congress a document titled, "Suggested Amendments to H.R. 5889: Orphan Words Act of 2008."[6] The document outlined 12 amendments which the ARS, IPA and APA believe will decrease the potential negative impact of the Orphan Works Act and discourage "wide-scale infringements of visual art while depriving creators of protections currently available under the Copyright Act."[7] ARS has joined over 60 other art licensing businesses (including the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Stock Artists Alliance, among others) in opposing both The Orphan Works Act of 2008 and The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artists Rights Society's List of Most Frequently Requested Artists
  2. ^ Artists Rights Society's Complete List of Artists Represented
  3. ^ "Google takes down Miro image." Silicon Beat April 20, 2006
  4. ^ a b c Google.com: More Google Logos
  5. ^ The Art Newspaper "The proposed new law is a nightmare for artists" by Frank Stella. June 6, 2008
  6. ^ Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works Blog: "H.R. 5889 Amendments" June 11, 2008
  7. ^ a b Orphan Works Legislative Action Center

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