Our Mission

The Artists Rights Coalition will provide guidance to locate low or no cost legal representation to artists who cannot afford an attorney in their journey to protect their intellectual properties, creations and identities against unauthorized exploitation.

 

We also intend to publicize and support key issues that affect the artistic community through both selective issue lobbying (which will use less than 20% of each fiscal year’s budget in accordance with 501h regulations) as well as crafting publications to better educate both the public and our membership on the potential impact of upcoming legislation.

 

We will also work to provide amicus and financial support to parties litigating key battleground cases in all areas of concern for artists.  If left unsupported, individual litigants can be overwhelmed by the costs and pressures imposed upon them, more often than not, by their often better-funded counter-parties.

 

This support is essential to our mission as the cases we select have the potential to set damaging precedent for artists generations to come.  

 

Our areas of focus that most impact artists are Trademark, Copyright, and Right of Publicity.

 

 

The Right of Publicity

The Right of Publicity gives public personalities greater control over the commercial use of their likeness.  The ability to exploit the identities of others without permission is increasing with rapidly expanding digital and technological advances.

A confusion in the state laws, and in many cases no laws at all, as well as a misunderstanding of trademarks and the protections they offer, extends little if any protections for the right of publicity. Even where there are laws, in their current state, they are not adequate enough to stop the abuse.  

The Artists Rights Coalition believes that the time for national, uniform protection is long past due, and it is imperative that a proactive campaign be undertaken to shape the debate over this important issue.  ARC believes that uncompensated exploitation of another person's image is losing the United States billions of dollars in taxable revenue each year, and that utilizing the collective influence of it’s membership is the most effective strategy to achieve meaningful, fair federal protections.  

We thus seek to enact a Federal Right of Publicity to protect the creative community and fairly compensate them for their work.

Trademark

Trademarking artistic content can provide artists with a powerful tool to protect their work moving forward. Unlike Copyrights, Trademarks have no set termination date and instead, exist so long as they signify the source of a product or service.

The Artists Rights Coalition can help artists determine if applying for a trademark is appropriate for their needs, and can help them navigate the process of both securing and protecting those rights.

For those with existing trademarks, the ARC can help draft and review licensing agreements, cease and desist letters, and other instruments to help you manage your trademark holdings.