Artists' Rights and the Creative Economy

In the early 70s, Robert Projansky and Seth Siegelaub met and published a document titled The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement (The Contract) as a means to address and “remedy some generally acknowledged inequities in the art world…” Specifically, the document addressed several issues that the pair saw as requiring mending: resale royalties, records of ownership, the right to have the work remain unaltered, the right to be notified when the work is exhibited, the right to show the work for two months every five years (at no cost to the owner), the right to be consulted on restoration, a share of any rental income, and all reproduction rights. (Projansky and Siegelaub 1971)

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