15.327 rights agreement signed (U.S.)

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 327.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 08:28:03 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: AMICO and VAGA sign rights agreement: More contemporary
    art for The AMICO Library

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    October 24, 2001

                        Art Museum Image Consortium Announces:
                AMICO and VAGA Reach Rights Agreement to Further Expand
                 Contemporary and Modern Art in The AMICO Library (TM)

    >Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 16:36:59 -0400
    >From: "J. Trant - Executive Director" <jtrant@AMICO.ORG>
    >> The AMICO Library
    >Comments: To: info@amico.org

    AMICO Press Release
    October 24, 2001
    AMICO and VAGA Reach Rights Agreement to Further Expand
    Contemporary and Modern Art in The AMICO Library (TM)

    AMICO Headquarters; Pittsburgh, PA
              The Art Museum Image Consortium, Inc. (AMICO) and the Visual
    Artists and Galleries Association, Inc. (VAGA) have reached a
    landmark agreement that will expand the coverage of contemporary and modern
    art in the leading digital library of works of art available for
    educational use. In this agreement, VAGA has granted AMICO a non-exclusive,
    worldwide license to include digital images of copyrighted works of art by
    artists and estates represented by VAGA and its affiliated rights societies
    in The AMICO Library where they can be studied along with multimedia
    documentation of other works of art in the collections of AMICO member
    museums. In return, AMICO will make royalty payments to the artists through

              "This is an additional cornerstone in the foundation that AMICO is
    establishing to make The AMICO Library the educational provider of works of art
    from the 20th century and beyond in digital form," said Jennifer Trant,
    Executive Director of AMICO. "AMICO members are delighted to now contribute
    some of the most recognized works in their collections without the added burden
    of separate rights clearance,". Ms. Trant continued. Maxwell L. Anderson,
    Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, observed, "as the arts community
    navigates through the uncertain waters of copyright legislation in a wired
    world, it is very exciting to have brought two critical constituencies together
    in service of education: our major modern and contemporary artists and our
    leading art museums."

              Robert Panzer, Executive Director of VAGA, also considered the
    agreement noteworthy. "As a representative and advocate for VAGA
    artists' rights we must balance needs of access and dissemination with
    protection and copyright," Mr.Panzer noted. "This agreement between VAGA
    and AMICO heightens availability of our artists' works for educational
    purposes, while still ensuring their appropriate use under an educational
    license agreement; that's definitely a win-win from VAGA's perspective.".

    AMICO Library subscribers will benefit from this agreement as well. Along with
    the existing AMICO agreement with the Artists Rights Society (ARS), the
    AMICO/VAGA agreement expands the depth of resources contained in The AMICO
    Library without any change in subscription fees. Individual teachers and
    students won't need to obtain additional copyright clearances, often a
    time-consuming and uncertain process, when using pivotal contemporary works by
    artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Robert Motherwell, in
    their educational projects.

    About AMICO
    The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is an independent non-profit
    corporation with 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS. Founded in 1997 with 23
    Members, the Consortium today is made up of over 30 major museums worldwide.
    Its an innovative collaboration not seen before in museums that shares,
    shapes, and standardizes digital information regarding museum collections and
    enables its educational use. Membership is open to any institution with a
    collection of art.

    AMICO members make annual contributions of multimedia documentation of works in
    their museums collections. This data is compiled by AMICO and made available
    as The AMICO Library to universities, colleges, schools, and public libraries
    via distributors. Potential subscribers may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of The
    AMICO Library and get further information at http://www.amico.org.

    About VAGA
    Founded in 1976, VAGA was the first organization in the U.S. to represent
    visual artists' copyrights on a collective basis. Its membership includes
    American artists and estates and also foreign artists and estates through
    reciprocal agreements with sister organizations worldwide. Membership is open
    to all visual artists ranging from those just starting out to well-known
    members of the art community such as, Robert Rauschenberg, Stuart Davis, Robert
    Motherwell, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Joseph Cornell, Ben Shahn, David
    Smith, Carlos Mrida, Romare Bearden, James Rosenquist, Alexander Rodchenko,
    Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Thomas Hart Benton, Adolph Gottlieb, Tom Wesselmann,
    Wayne Thiebaud, Vladimir and Georgi Stenberg, David Alfaro Siqueiros, H.C.
    Westermann, Grant Wood, Ken Noland, Robert Smithson, and Larry Rivers.

    Contact Information:
    Jennifer Trant
    Executive Director
    Art Museum Image Consortium
    2008 Murray Avenue, Suite D
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Phone: (412) 422 8533
    Fax: (412) 422 8594
    Email: jtrant@amico.org

    Robert Panzer
    Executive Director
    Visual Artists and Galleries Association,
    Inc. (VAGA)
    350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6305
    New York, NY 10118
    Phone: (212) 736 6666
    Fax: (212) 736 6767
    E-mail: rpanzer@vagarights.com

    J. Trant                        2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
    Executive Director              Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
    Art Museum Image Consortium
    http://www.amico.org            Phone: +1 412 422 8533
    jtrant@amico.org                Fax: +1 412 422 8594

    AMICO - Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia ________


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