15.338 rights agreement signed (U.S.)

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 338.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 08:55:21 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
             Subject: AMICO and VAGA sign rights agreement

    >> From: "J. Trant - Executive Director" <jtrant@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, VA= GA has granted AMICO a non-exclusive, worldwide license to
    include digital imag= es of copyrighted works of art by artists and estates
    represented by VAGA and i= ts 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 VAGA.

    "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,=94 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 bur= den 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 toget= her 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=92 rights
    we must balance needs of access and dissemination with protection and
    copyright," Mr= =2E Panzer noted. "This agreement between VAGA and AMICO
    heightens availability= of our artists=92 works for educational purposes,
    while still ensuring their appropriate use under an educational license
    agreement; that's definitely a win-win from VAGA=92s perspective.".

    AMICO Library subscribers will benefit from this agreement as well. Along
    w= ith 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, i= n 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 2= 3 Members, the Consortium today is made up of over 30 major
    museums worldwide. It=92s an innovative collaboration not seen before in
    museums that shares, shapes, and standardizes digital information
    regarding museum collections an= d 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=92 collections. This data is compiled by AMICO and
    made avail= able as The AMICO Library to universities, colleges, schools,
    and public librarie= s via distributors. Potential subscribers may preview
    a Thumbnail Catalog of = The AMICO Library and get further information at

    About VAGA =46ounded 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 op= en to all visual artists ranging from those
    just starting out to well-known members of the art community such as,
    Robert Rauschenberg, Stuart Davis, Rob= ert Motherwell, Louise Bourgeois,
    Jasper Johns, Joseph Cornell, Ben Shahn, David Smith, Carlos M=E9rida,
    Romare Bearden, James Rosenquist, Alexander Rodchenk= o, 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
    =46ax: (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
    =46ax: (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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