08/02/2004: "Artist Rights of Reproduction"
Does anyone know if an artist automatically retains the rights of reproduction of their images, or is it something that you have to have a contractual agreement for? I've read in several places that when a person buys an original work of art, they are buying the object itself, and the "rights of reproduction" are retained by the artist unless expressly stated otherwise, in writing.
A woman I work with (who is also an artist) got visibly upset when I told her I was having my work scanned so I could make prints. She said "Does the person who bought the painting know that you're making prints"? And I asked her why, and she said "because they may think that they're getting an original" and I said that they are getting an original, but that that shouldn't affect my right to make prints. I've also read that making prints actually increases the value of the original. Am I way off on this one?
OK, I think I have found the answer I was looking for from the Artists Rights Society website. Does this sound right?
Do U.S. Owners of Works of Art Also Control the Copyrights?