Get an in-depth view of the legal issues facing artists today in the Legal Guide for the Visual Artist (Fifth Edition) published by Allworth Press. In this revised and updated volume, author Tad Crawford provides artists with the resources and knowledge needed to succeed as an independent professional. Within the space of this 304-page paperback, Crawford teaches you 1) how to stay out of hot water, and 2) what to do when you find yourself in it. In addition to producing your art, being a working artist requires keen business skills as well as support from a team of legal and financial advisers, from attorneys to tax professionals.
More than an enlightening read, the Legal Guide for the Visual Artist is a reference book that you'll want to keep close at hand for use in daily business affairs. New to the book, you'll find detailed coverage of developments in copyright law, changes in laws that protect artists in artist-gallery relationships, a look at First Amendment protections, discussion of cases dealing with art and privacy, and information on the sale of art in public spaces. Other topics include moral rights, contracts, licensing, sales, special risks and protections for art and artists, book publishing, video and multimedia works, leases, taxation, estate planning, museums, collecting, grants and much more.
In addition, the book contains many sample legal forms and contracts, suggests basic strategies for negotiation, and explains how to locate artists' groups, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organizations and other key business advisers.