The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Laws

Miscellaneous Laws Affecting Universities

Visual Artists Rights Act

17 U.S.C. § 106A

Protects moral rights for fine art works, does not protect audiovisual works, probably does not apply to most multimedia creations. VARA exclusively grants authors of works that fall under the protection of the Act the following rights

  • right to claim authorship
  • right to prevent the use of one's name on any work the author did not create
  • right to prevent use of one's name on any work that has been distorted, mutilated, or modified in a way that would be prejudicial to the author's honor or reputation
  • right to prevent distortion, mutilation, or modification that would prejudice the author's honor or reputation



What is the Visual Artists Rights Act? by Aesthetic Legal

Wikipedia Page on VARA

Copyright Office Report on Waiver of Moral Rights in Visual Artworks

updated 8-23-18 mlo