Artists Rights Society and Collective

by Matthew Innis |

Artists Rights Society and Collective

Administration of Illustrators Secondary Rights


Photo © Ted Kucklick

Last month at the American Medical Illustrators Annual Conference, Janet Hicks, Vice President and Director of Licensing, introduced Artists Rights Society (ARS) and their advocacy of both artists rights and illustrators’ secondary rights, in the U.S. and internationally.

Reprographic rights are held individually by each artist but are licensed collectively by a copyright collecting society that artists have mandated to administer these rights. ARS provides the services and protections of a bona fide CISAC visual art collecting society to American illustrators.

Joining ARS will NOT interfere with your normal individual licensing arrangements. Your ARS contract will only apply where collective fees are already being collected under blanket licenses such as for photocopying usage, cable retransmission fees, etc.

If you wish to join, please go to this link and follow the simple instructions:



© 2019 Brad Holland

“I want to thank Ted and Janet and everyone else at ARS for helping us achieve a breakthrough in reprographic royalty payments. Thanks to ARS I’ve finally been able to get an international identification number and have filed claims with four different countries so far. My work has been published in the US and abroad for over 50 years, but until January of this year I’d never seen a check for reprographic usage. Thanks ARS.”

-Brad Holland, Illustrator



© 2019 Frank Costantino

“Dr. Ted Feder and Janet Hicks, and their very capable staff at ARS, have continued to be the strongest advocates for ASIP in finally realizing the goal of distributing foreign reprographics royalties to our member artists. With numerous works published from a forty five year career, I have personally benefitted from my ARS registration with different countries; and trust that ARS will continue their diligent representation on my behalf.”

-Frank Costantino, Illustrator



© 2019 Jim Perkins

“I’m thrilled that we finally have an organization to collect reprographic royalties on behalf of American illustrators! I’ve already received my first royalty check. Thanks so much to ASIP and ARS for pulling this together!”

-Jim Perkins, Certified Medical Illustrator, Association of Medical Illustrators.



© 2019 Chris Gralapp

“I had never catalogued my life’s work before, and joining the ARS effort has been challenging and rewarding. I will continue to build my list of published works, and look forward to reaping the benefits as time goes by, as well as increasing the ranks of medical illustrators being recognized by the international collecting societies.”

-Chris Gralapp, Certified Medical Illustrator, Association of Medical Illustrators



© 2019 Michel Bohbot

“As illustrators many of us work by ourselves and try the best we can to make a living doing what we love. When we deliver our jobs we often think it is the end of the trail for our art. In actuality many people in many countries have access to our art and copy it. With ARS I am confident that those Reprographic royalties will be secured and returned to me.”

-Michel Bohbot, San Francisco Society of Illustrators.



© 2019 Etienne Delessert

“I just received my first-ever Reprographic Royalty check: what an amazing achievement for both ASIP and The Artists Rights Society. I evidently followed your campaign over the years, you had courage, perseverance in that generous effort and I am very grateful, deeply grateful for it! Let me know if I can be of any help, I’ll be there.”

-Etienne Delessert, Author and Illustrator



The Artists Rights Society represents over 80,000 visual artists and is one of 41 international visual arts agencies monitored by CISAC.


Artists Rights Society
 New York, NY. 10012


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