Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


This note introduces and provides a brief legislative history of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) of 1990, an amendment to the copyright laws of the United States. The VARA gives protections to certain visual artists previously not accorded by United States law. This legislation makes United States law consistent with the terms of the Berne Convention by protecting the moral rights of artists. In addition, the VARA eliminates the disparities in current law among the individual states. Finally it gives U.S. artists the same rights as their counterparts in other industrialized countries. The Visual Artists Rights Act corrects the former inequities in American law. Although, the Act does not resolve many important issues, it should be applauded as a move in the right direction.