The issue of copyright is certainly a discriminating factor in talking about copies of art, replicas and reproduction. The different characteristics of printing, of confirmation of authenticity and originality are what mark the sharp difference in the art market. Reproductions of artworks commonly fill the places we most frequent, from our homes. They are reproductions of known works that mark their similarity to an original by Van Gogh, Klimt, Monet.
The release of the non-authenticity of the artist who certifies his declared false copyright justifies in some way the legal protection of this type of works within the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape.
In fact, it must be said, the market of declared copyright fakes is constantly growing simply because these works are declared as “similar” and do not fall under any counterfeiting hypothesis.
However, it is necessary to take into consideration the legislation according to which the authors, in addition to moral rights, also hold the economic rights to exploit their work.
• What does it mean to “exploit” artworks?
There has always been the right of continuation that allows the author of a work to receive a percentage of the price paid for his work or for the relative art copies even if this should pass for subsequent sales without his direct presence .
It is easy to imagine that, in terms of art copies of one’s own work, the author can put himself in the position of joining a professional in the art market who acts as a seller, buyer or even an intermediary. Law can not fail: it lasts a lifetime and up to 70 years after death in favor of the heirs.
The legislative specification on the matter, pay attention, specifies that this treatment is valid only for art copies: works similar to the originals, made by the author himself or considered as original copies of art, produced in limited number under the authorization of author, signed, certified and authorized.
The French judicial authority has recognized the protection of conceptual works of art as long as they are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that can grant venal value to an asset that is apparently common.
In short, copyright passes from the main work to its art copies.
• How to make authentic copies of art?
It is possible to print authentic copies of art through lithographic technique. With PrintLitoArt, the expertise and care with which the work is reproduced has no comparison. Our portal provides a real configuration of the copy of art, in relation to the elements that you want to highlight. Each print of art copies requires the presence of the Magister, a master of the arts of the press who will be able to direct and follow the values in an excellent way as well as confer, on the author’s own name, the appropriate certificate of authenticity and to the quality of the art copies that you want to print.