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The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA). Are you an artist? Are you protected?

Artists’ moral rights have been enshrined in law for 20 years through the Visual Artists Rights Act, or VARA, which was enacted as an amendment to the U.S. Copyright code in 1990. VARA is a limited statute, preventing the owners of artworks of “recognized stature” from destroying them and forbidding these pieces from being altered in some way without the artist’s approval.

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