Written by attorney Christine Anderson Ferraris | May 11, 2017

The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), 17 U.S.C. § 106A, a law protecting artists' rights

VARA was the first U.S federal Copyright legislation to grant protection of moral rights. Moral rights are rights belonging to creators of copyrighted works. Before VARA, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1928), offered protection of an artist's moral rights.

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Lanham Act - Section 43 of the Lanham Act governs false and misleading advertising, and may apply to attribution of protected works. See 15 U.S. Code § 1125, at Adaptation rights - Copyright holders have the right to control adaptations, or "derivative works." See 17 U.S.C. § 106, at

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