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The Empty Promise Of Vara: The Restrictive Application Of A Narrow Statute, David E. Shipley
The Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) was enacted by Congress in 1990 in order to bring our laws into compliance with Article 6bis of the Berne Convention and to acknowledge that protecting moral rights will foster “a climate of artistic worth and honor that encourages the author in the arduous act of creation.” The passage of this legislation is said to show Congress’s “belief that the art covered by the Act ‘meet[s] a special societal need, and [its] protection and preservation serves an important public interest.’”
Notwithstanding these lofty statements about artistic worth, honor and encouraging creation, VARA ...