The essentials of image rights management

Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1941

It is almost a cliché to say that we are in a visual age. Today, visual images are increasingly important and visual competency is becoming essential. IPA interviewed Chris Hudson, the publisher at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the chairman of the International Association of Museum Publishers, about image rights and their management in publishing.

Image on the front page: Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1941.

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Do Copyright and Human Rights go together?

Copyright protection is not per se a human right, but it is a tool which protects the human rights of authors and publishers. Copyright impacts on freedom of expression, both of the author and of members of the public who wish to distribute the author’s works as part of their own freedom of expression. This does not just mean the freedom to express a certain opinion, but also to chose the appropriate medium to do so, or even to remain silent.

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Angela Mills Wade on advocating for creative industries

"Copyright has been the bedrock of huge expansion of the creative industries which have taken advantage of technology, new platforms and devices, delivering wider choice to consumers of digital music, newspapers, film, TV and books than ever imaginable even ten years ago."

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Alaa Al Aswany: "In the absence of copyright protection, people will simply stop writing."

A new IPA report on copyright and human rights exposes how the poor state of creative industries and of freedom of expression in developing countries is directly linked to the absence of copyright.

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Alaa Al Aswany: copyright and human rights go together

Alaa Al Aswany is the Arab world's bestselling novelist. We spoke to him about the precarious situation for writers in countries, like Egypt, without proper copyright protection.

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New IPA report on electronic legal deposit

British Library

Legal deposit schemes, which require publishers to submit copies of books and journals to a national library, is considered a vital part in preserving a country's cultural heritage.

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