How to Use this Website
Welcome to Artist Rights, a collaboration between the National Coalition Against Censorship and the Center for Democracy and Technology. This website has been separated into four topics we think artists will most frequently encounter:
- protected vs. unprotected speech;
- speech regulated for its content or viewpoint;
- contracts; and
- copyright and fair use.
We also encourage you to take a look at the list of the relevant cases in each subsection if you'd like a deeper understanding of the law. You can also browse case-by-case in the "List of Cases" section.
The Glossary provides definitions of many of the legal terms used on this website. Our goal is to make the concepts understandable to a non-lawyer, and we welcome your feedback on any unclarity.
If you think that there are other important questions that we have left unanswered, please send us your questions, comments, etc.
We hope you stick around!
The intent of this website is to provide artists and others with a general overview of the legal landscape for art online. The materials here are not intended, and should not be used, as legal advice. They necessarily contain generalizations that are not applicable in all jurisdictions or circumstances. Moreover, court decisions may be superseded by subsequent rulings, and may be subject to alternative interpretations. If you are facing a legal claim or risk discussed here, you should consult with an attorney.