Re: [digital-copyright] Reproducing visual art

Subject: Re: [digital-copyright] Reproducing visual art
From: Kevin Smith <kevin.l.smith@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:01:40 +0000
Without expressing an opinion about whether or not permission is needed, the
WATCH file (Writers, Artist and their Copyright Holders), maintained by the
Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas, gives clear
information about Dali's estate.  Apparently he gave all of his IP rights to
the Spanish state, which has created a foundation to administer them.  That
foundation, in turn, is represented by a collective rights organization called
VEGAP in Spain and by the Artists' Rights Society in the U.S.

Here is the link to the contact information for Dali in the WATCH database:

Contact information for the Artist's Rights Socuiety can be found on their
webpage at


Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S., J.D.
Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications
Duke University Libraries
P.O. Box 90193
Durham, NC 27708

From: <Sanfilippo>, Sarah <ssanfilippo@xxxxxxx<mailto:ssanfilippo@xxxxxxx>>
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013 8:02 AM
Subject: [digital-copyright] Reproducing visual art

Greetings all,

Working at a very small institution, I have limited copyright experience - I
really appreciate the discussions I read on this list! And so I'm hoping the
collective wisdom can help me with my question:

A faculty member who will speak at our end-of-the-year honors ceremony will be
referencing a Dali painting, and would like to distribute mini copies to
audience members in the programs. I assume this is something we need
permission to do, but am getting push back, so I'm asking for a second

My question: is this something you need permission for? If so, how is that
done? How do you find the rights holder for a work of art? Where do you find a
copy you can reproduce?

My suggestion was to project it on the stage, but I'm not sure that's possible
in the venue being used.

Thank you in advance,

Sarah K. Sanfilippo
Director of Library Resources
Southern Vermont College Library
Bennington, VT 05201

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