Artists Rights

Independent of the author's economic rights, and even after the transfer of the said rights, the author shall have the right to claim authorship of the work and to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to, the said work, which would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation.
Article 6bis of the Berne Treaty

Every day, decisions are being made to edit, alter, and reformat the films we love. Not by the films' creators, but by the copyright holders who distribute the films.

The Artists Rights Education and Legal Defense Fund Council was established to advocate for the protection and expansion of artists' rights. Governors include Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Milos Forman, Taylor Hackford, Dustin Hoffman, Anjelica Huston, Bruce Ramer, Elliot Silverstein (chair), and Ken Ziffren.

ARTISTS RIGHTS NEWS | Artists, Technology and the Ownership of Creative Content

8/1/2001 12:00:00 AM

The Artists Rights Foundation, together with U.S.C.'s Annenberg School of Communication, School of Fine Arts, and Law School, sponsored a major national conference on ownership and control of creative property. Titled "Artists, Technology, and Ownership of Creative Content," the conference was held in Los Angeles in the spring of 2001. The focus of the conference was how technology, such as digitization, affects the ownership and control of creative property. The conference explored who should have rights to use and change works of creative property and under what circumstances, with an emphasis on how these issues arise in film, music, and the visual arts. The conference brought together artists, performers, producers, distributors, and scholars from many different disciplines to discuss this vital topic. Leading national experts presented cutting-edge issues concerning control of creative content, and a series of panels was held, discussing these problems from many different perspectives. Each panel included artists and performers, producers, practitioners, and scholars. 

A key feature of the conference was its interdisciplinary nature. In addition to considering many different types of arts, the conference brought together scholars from different fields, such as communications, economics, history, labor and intellectual property law. The conference also had an international focus, examining law and practices in the and throughout the world.

It is expected that the conference will lead to many published works, both scholarly and non-scholarly. For example, it is hoped that the problems and supporting materials will be published to facilitate further study and discussion. Also, this conference is seen as the first of several programs to explore issues concerning ownership and control of creative content.

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“We are all of us custodians of our culture. Our culture defines not just who we are but what we were. Those of us who have labored a lifetime to create a body of work look to you for the preservation of that work in the form we chose to make it. I believe we have that right.”

John Huston

John Huston Awards for Artists Rights

The John Huston Award for Artists Rights is given to individuals who are dedicated to protecting the work of film artists from alteration and to ensuring that the artists' visions remain intact for future generations to enjoy.