CopyTalk: The Moral Economy of Art and Copyright Law

Join the ALA Copyright, Legislation, Education and Advocacy Network (CLEAN) for a free CopyTalk webinar, “The Moral Economy of Art and Copyright Law: Visual Artist Rights Act (VARA) and Cultural Institutions,” at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

How can cultural institutions respect the moral rights of artists protected through VARA when faced with possible modifications to spaces that include their work? What role do the exceptions within VARA play in maintaining this balance? This presentation will address key points and exceptions within VARA through an analysis of the law and a background of important cases. Some of the questions that will be addressed:

  1. What grounds does an institution have when faced with a VARA case?
  2. What level of responsibility does an institution take on when presenting a visual work of art within their physical space?
  3. How do exceptions and limitations within the law serve to protect both sides
  4. How can some semblance of resolve be found within these types of cases?

Speaker Kiowa Hammons has over 10 years in rights clearance and research with an emphasis on art and culture. He is currently the Rights Clearance Coordinator at the New York Public Library focusing primarily on intellectual property research for the institution’s collections, metadata implementation, and library policy. Previously, Kiowa worked in rights clearance at Penguin Random House and over 5 years in rights management for the Whitney Museum of American Art facilitating image reproduction requests and overseeing photography of their permanent collection and exhibitions. His experience at the Whitney as well as interning for art galleries and independent publishers in New York and San Francisco forged a strong passion for the arts, which he has taken into both his professional career and creative practice. Kiowa holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute, with an emphasis on information policy, art librarianship, and archives.

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