U.S. Copyright Policy for the 21st Century
Chapter 6: Visual arts
Perhaps no other group of copyright owners has been more severely affected by outdated copyright laws than visual artists, whose works are often immediately separated from metadata that identifies the copyright owner, and which are easily reproduced and distributed widely on the internet with impunity. Specific topics include the proposed establishment of a small-claims court for lower-value infringement claims for which full-blown federal litigation would prove too costly, improvements to the copyright registration system to better accommodate visual works, and the creation of a “resale royalty” that would allow visual artists to participate in the appreciation of their work after they are first sold.
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