Frequently Asked Questions from Artists
» I am an artist; how can ARS help me?
primary function is as a copyright licensing organization. ARS represents
the intellectual property rights interests of a great many artists
and works on their behalf to negotiate with clients in a variety
of domains (publishing, merchandise, advertising, motion pictures,
etc.). Are you a visual artist whose work is in demand for reproduction?
you receive more reproduction requests than you find you can adequately
handle? Are you unsure of the wording of these requests and their
attendant release forms; are you often unsure of what you may be
giving away when you sign them? You are aware that other artists
obtain the right of review as well as compensation for reproduction
requests, but you are unsure how to obtain this right or what amounts
to ask for? If any of these scenarios ring true, ARS may be of benefit
» Can you get me into a gallery?
ARS is not an agent per se. We do not individually promote
or publicize our members works to get them into galleries, museums
or private collections, although we can and do negotiate with museums
on behalf of our members' intellectual property rights.
can I protect my artworks?
artwork is immediately and automatically copyright protected from
you create it, and you are the exclusive copyright
holder. However, in addition, you may wish to register your artwork
with the U.S. Copyright Office. Visit the Copyright Office’s
website for more details regarding the benefits of and procedures
for copyright registration. Registration with the Copyright Office
prior to an infringement entitles artists who bring suit to attorney’s
fees and statutory damages of up to $150,000.00 for each proven
violation of copyright.
I register my artworks with ARS?
ARS does not register or catalogue the works of its members, nor
do we facilitate or assume the task of registering our members’
works with the U.S. Copyright Office.