Cesar Foundation Addresses Print Fading|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 11:33 EDT)
The Swiss foundation proposes a two-part solution to protect print buyers from the ravages of time. Unfortunately, as the Art Newspaper reports today, the process violates current copyright law.
In his article "Stopping the Passage of Time," Samson Spanier describes the foundation's proposal. "First, photographs should be stored in digital form, so that a new copy can be printed when the original fades. Second, the foundation's scientists have invented a software programme and device that scans non-digital, 'normal' colour photographs which have aged, and then prints off a version which restores the original colour."
But do owners of a print have the right to reproduce it?
Foundation chairman Claudio Cesar told the Art Newspaper, "Buying a print should really mean buying the entitlement to a good print," but U.S. copyright law protects "against duplication 'in any tangible medium of expression now known or later developed.'"
To read the whole story, visit the Art Newspaper. To learn more, visit the Cesar Foundation.