Moral Rights Protection for the Visual Arts
AbstractBeginning in 1979, certain states extended extra copyright protection, known as "moral rights" protection, to visual artists. Moral rights protection, which was incorporated into U.S. copyright law in 1990, ensures that works cannot be altered in a manner that would negatively impact the reputation of the artist. Using difference-in-differences regression strategies, we compare artists and non-artists in states with moral rights laws to those in states without these laws, before and after the laws are enacted. This enables us to test the impact of the laws on the behavior of artists, consumers, and policy makers. Our analysis reveals that artists’ incomes fall by over $4000 per year as a result of moral rights legislation, but we find no impact of the laws on artists’ choices of residence or on state-level public spending on the arts.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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copyright; moral rights; Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA);
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- Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-09-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2008-09-13 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-IPR-2008-09-13 (Intellectual Property Rights)
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- Landes, William M. & Levine, Daniel B., 2006. "The Economic Analysis of Art Law," Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, Elsevier.
- Michael Rushton, 2001. "The Law and Economics of Artists' Inalienable Rights," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 25(4), pages 243-257, November.
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