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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to Drop Fees for Fair-Use Reproductions of Rauschenberg’s Work

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has decided that it will now allow the public at large to reproduce the artist’s works under fair use. Its new policy gets rid of royalty fees, permissions, and license agreements for those reproducing Rauschenberg’s artwork for “noncommercial, scholarly, and/or transformative purposes” according to a foundation statement. The program has been expanded from a previous version in 2015 that issued pilot licenses to a few museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern.

“In keeping with Rauschenberg’s legacy, the Foundation is always looking to identify challenges and then provide solutions,” said Christy MacLear, CEO of the Rauschenberg Foundation. “Traditional notions of copyright and attempts to control images have proven incompatible with the nature of the digital age.”