Drawing in Permanent Ink: A Look at Copyright in Tattoos in the United States

26 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2005 Last revised: 21 May 2010

Jordan S. Hatcher

jordanhatcher.com

Date Written: April 15, 2005

Abstract

Given recent instances of lawsuits over copyright in tattoos, this paper examines the implications that come along with granting intellectual property rights in art that is permanently placed on the human body. Because evidence suggests that the tattoo industry has not previously taken into account copyright law, this paper suggests some specific changes for the industry.

Keywords: copyright, tattoo, VARA, ink, Rasheed Wallace

JEL Classification: K00, K39

Suggested Citation

Hatcher, Jordan S., Drawing in Permanent Ink: A Look at Copyright in Tattoos in the United States (April 15, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=815116 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.815116

Jordan S. Hatcher (Contact Author)

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London
United Kingdom

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