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To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide certain rights of attribution and
integrity to authors of works of visual art.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
JUNE 16 (legislative day, JANUARY 3), 1989 Mr. KENNEDY (for himself and Mr. Kasten) introduced the following bill; which
was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide certain rights
of attribution and integrity to authors of works of visual art.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Visual Artists Rights Act
5 of 1989".
6 SEC. 2. WORK OF VISUAL ART DEFINED.
Section 101 of title 17, United States Code, is amended
8 by inserting after the paragraph defining "widow" the
“A 'work of visual art' is a painting, drawing,
print, sculpture, or still photographic image produced for exhibition purposes only, existing in a single copy, in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer, or, in the case of a sculpture, in multiple cast sculptures of 200
or fewer. A work of visual art does not include
cal drawing, diagram, model, applied art, motion
picture or other audio visual work, book, maga
zine, periodical, or similar publication;
“(B) any merchandising item or advertising, promotional, descriptive, covering, or packaging
material or container;
"(C) any portion or part of any item described in subparagraph (A) or (B);
“(3) any work made for hire;
“(4) any reproduction, depiction, portrayal, or other use of a work in, upon, or in any connection with any item described in paragraph (1), (2),
1 SEC. 3. RIGHTS OF ATTRIBUTION AND INTEGRITY.
(a) RIGHTS OF ATTRIBUTION AND INTEGRITY.
3 Chapter 1 of title 17, United States Code, is amended by 4 inserting after section 106 the following new section:
5 "$ 106A. Rights of certain authors to attribution and
"(a) RIGHTS OF ATTRIBUTION AND INTEGRITY.-Sub
8 ject to section 107 and independent of the exclusive rights
9 provided in section 106, the author of a work of visual art
the author of any work of visual art which he or
“(2) shall have the right to prevent the use of his
or her name as the author of the work of visual art in
the event of a distortion, mutilation, or other modifica
tion of the work as described in paragraph (3); and
“(3) subject to the limitations set forth in section
prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation, and
any intentional or grossly negligent distortion, mutilation, or modification of that work is a viola
tion of that right, and
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"(B) to prevent any destruction of a work of recognized stature, and any intentional or grossly negligent destruction of that work is a violation of
5 In determining whether a work is of recognized stature, a 6 court or other trier of fact may take into account the opinions 7 of artists, art dealers, collectors of fine art, citors of art 8 museums, conservators of recognized stature, and other per
9 sons involved with the creation, appreciation, history, or
10 marketing of works of recognized stature. Evidence of com11 mercial exploitation of a work as a whole, or of particular
12 copies, does not preclude a finding that the work is a work of 13 recognized stature.
"(b) SCOPE AND EXERCISE OF RIGHTS. The author
15 of a work of visual art has the rights conferred by subsection 16 (a), whether or not the author is the copyright owner, and 17 whether or not the work qualifies for protection under section 18 104. Where the author is not the copyright owner, only the 19 author shall have the right during his or her lifetime to exer20 cise the rights set forth in subsection (a). 21 "(c) EXCEPTIONS.—(1) The modification of a work of
22 visual art which is a result of the passage of time or the
23 inherent nature of the materials is not a destruction, distor
24 tion, mutilation, or other modification described in subsection
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1 (a)(3) unless the modification was the result of gross negli
“(2) The modification of a work of visual art which is
4 the result of conservation is not a destruction, distortion, mu
5 tilation, or other modification described in subsection (a)(3)
6 unless the modification is caused by gross negligence.
"d) DURATION OF RIGHTS.—(1) With respect to
8 works of visual art created on or after the effective date set
9 forth in section 10(a) of the Visual Artists Rights Act of 10 1989, the rights conferred by subsection (a) shall endure for a
11 term consisting of the life of the author and fifty years after
12 the author's death.
“(2) With respect to works of visual art created before
14 the effective date set forth in section 10(a) of the Visual Art
15 ists Rights Act of 1989, but not published before such effec16 tive date, the rights conferred by subsection (a) shall be coex
17 tensive with, and shall expire at the same time as, the rights
18 conferred by section 106.
“(3) All terms of the rights conferred by subsection (a)
20 run to the end of the calendar year in which they would
21 otherwise expire.
“(e) TRANSFER AND WAIVER.—(1) Except as provided
23 in paragraph (2), the rights conferred by subsection (a) may