Copyright Visual Arts is a not-for-profit copyright management society providing Author’s Rights administration for professional Canadian and Québécois visual and media artists. It provides Users with a comprehensive access to the artworks and professional services of its members. Its corporate name is Canadian Artists’ Representation Copyright Collective and it operates under the business names Copyright Visual Arts and Droit d’auteur Arts visuels.
Copyright Visual Arts represents nearly one thousand visual and media Artists. More and more artists are becoming members of Copyright Visual Arts because they understand that the best way to increase the level of payments of copyright royalties for the use of their art works is to gather within a copyright management society such as Copyright Visual Arts.
Copyright Visual Arts responds to a shifting Art economy in the digital age by providing effective tools to enable visual and media artists to achieve sustainable careers. Copyright Visual Arts facilitates broad access to the finest works by Canadian and Québecois artists through simple and effective online or person-to-person licensing.
In 2014 CARCC restructured as a not for profit copyright management society which now operates under the business name Copyright Visual Arts – Droits d’auteur Arts Visuels. CARCC, was founded by CARFAC in 1990 to assist artists in administering their copyrights. In 2015 RAAV became a partner in the governance of the society. Both artists associations and their copyright society work together to improve socio-economic conditions of artists through the fair payment of royalties for the uses of their artworks.
Copyright Visual Arts is administered by a Board of Directors composed mainly of artists appointed in equal number by the two member associations, the Canadian Artists Representation / le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC ) and the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV).
The Directors have a duty to supervise the copyright society in the best interest of the artists it represents. Decisions are taken by consensus. These artists work as volunteers and receive no other payment than the reimbursement of their travel expenses. Meetings are held mostly by teleconference except twice a year for a face-to-face and the Annual General Assembly.
Copyright Visual Arts operates in both official languages of Canada. It employs two Copyright Agents and a Coordinator.
Coordinator / Coordinatrice
Copyright Agent, Ottawa
Comptabilité / Accounting
Agente de droits d’auteur, Montréal
Copyright Visual Arts negotiates the best conditions for diverse uses of an artistic work by institutions, businesses and individuals: the USERS. It provides Users copyright licenses allowing them to use artistic works created by its members. Copyright Visual Arts then collects the royalties from the Users and pays the Artists within 30 days of reception of payment.
All Users need to obtain a license to use works by a member of Copyright Visual Arts. Licensing online through our platform is simple, fast and cheaper for the User. Reduction of 12,5%to 20% of our regular administration fees applies on all online licensing. Users may also use our person-to-person licensing service at our regular rates.
At year’s end Copyright Visual Arts produces for each Artists who received royalties or professional fees during a given year a T-5 for income tax reporting purpose.
These guidelines are included here for the information of members of Copyright Visual Arts and of Users of their works. They may also be of use to independant artists who are interested in our services and to individuals in the general public who wish to inform themselves of the principles surrounding copyright use and copyright administration.
Copyright Visual Arts uses the CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Copyright and Professional Fees Schedule only as a reference for the negotiation of licenses for uses of its members’ copyrighted works. Copyright Visual Arts always asks more than the recommended minimums for its members.