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Visual Artists Rights Act: Moral Rights for Visual Artists

November 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

VLA is proud to present its popular series of free classes targeted to artists, students and practicing attorneys. The classes will be taught by current law school students.

What rights do street artists have over their work? Are property developers allowed to remove or destroy murals painted without their permission on their buildings’ walls? What happens if a collector is displaying your work in a way that you did not intend? What does it mean for an artist to have “moral rights” to their artwork, and when and how does an artist obtain them?

To answer these questions, this class will focus on the central tenets of the Visual Artist Rights Act (VARA): what is it, what it protects, and how it has been applied when juggling the tricky relationship between the rights of artists and the variety of collectors, property developers, and curators they interact with.

You will learn:

  • What “moral” rights arise under VARA;
  • Which works are and are not covered by VARA;
  • How VARA affects the relationship between the rights of both artists and stakeholders; and
  • What legal remedies are available for a violation of an artist’s moral rights

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

This is a free event, but space is limited so please register in advance.

For questions about this program, or to register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org.


November 25, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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(212) 319 - 2787
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