Reproduction and Representation Rights


Reproduction and representation rights allow artists to control the way their works will be used.


Reproduction Right

It is the exclusive right of the author to authorize or prohibit the physical fixation of his work on a medium : 

Picto ADAGP presse et livre


Books, catalogs, magazines, etc.

Picto ADAGP Publicité


Advertising (posters, packaging, commercials, etc.)

Picto ADAGP produits dérivés


Derivative products (clothing, stationery, objects, etc.)


Artists can agree to this, refuse or set their own conditions – it is strictly up to them.


Representation Right

It is the exclusive right of the author to authorize or prohibit the direct communication of his work to the public.

Picto ADAGP Exposition Exhibition, display in a public place

Picto ADAGP Tv ArtTelevision, cable, satellite, video on demand 

Picto ADAGP Cinéma Public or theatrical screening

Picto ADAGP InternetInternet 

Picto ADAGP Smartphone et PC Digital media (DVD, e-books, tablets, mobiles, computers, etc.)

Artist Rightholder

Duration of the reproduction/representation rights

The economic rights last for the entire life of the artist and 70 years after his death and can be transferred to third parties, temporarily or permanently.

If the transfer of rights is final and has been concluded on an exclusive basis, the artist can no longer exercise them, nor entrust their management to the ADAGP. This is the reason why comic strip authors who have assigned their rights to a publisher or photographers under contract with a photo agency can generally only join ADAGP for collective rights.

Find out more aubout the principles of copyrights in visual arts 

How does ADAGP manage Reproduction and Representation Rights for its members? de ses membres ?

ADAGP manages reproduction and representation rights in two ways :

  • Ordinary uses : ADAGP directly manages

For "ordinary" uses (an isolated reproduction within a book or magazine, etc.), the ADAGP issues the authorization directly on behalf of its members, in accordance with its scale and statutes.

  • More important uses : ADAGP contacts the artist or rightholder

For more important uses, which particularly highlight the work of an artist (publication dedicated to an artist’s work, reproduction on a magazine cover, advertising, spin-offs, change of the work, etc.):  ADAGP systematically contacts its members to determine their wishes, to inform the potential user of the artist’s conditions and to verify that they have been met before granting or refusing authorization.

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