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.
Table of Contents
1. The Business of Art
2. Copyright: Gaining and Keeping Protection
3. Copyright: Registration
4. Copyright: Works for Hire and Joint Works
5. Copyright: Infringement, Fair Use, Compulsory Licensing, and Permissions
6. Copyright and the Digital Revolution
7. Moral Rights
8. Other Protections for Artists
9. Risks in the Content and Creation of Art
10. Contracts: An Introduction
11. Original Art: Sales, Commissions, and Rentals
12. Original Art: Ownership, Insurance, Submissions, and Resale Proceeds
13. Unique Art and Limited Editions
14. Sales by Galleries and Agents
15. Sales of Reproduction Rights
16. Publishing Contracts
17. Video Artworks
18. Multimedia Contracts
19. Studios and Leases
20. Taxes: Income and Expenses
21. Taxes: Beyond Schedule C
22. Taxes: The Hobby Loss Challenge
23. Taxes: Who Is an Employee?
24. The Artist's Estate
25. Artists and Museums
26. The Artist as a Collector
27. Grants and Public Support for the Arts
28. How to Avoid or Resolve Disputes with Clients
Appendix: Artists Groups and Organizations for the Arts