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Fine Art Registry is a website that allows online registration of art from artists, museums, and galleries. The tagging system is permanent, and cannot be removed without leaving evidence of tampering.
The FAR® ID tags assist in countering art theft and fraud by having a registry number.
This number can help to trace the artwork back to the Fine Art Registry database, where the artist may be positively identified.
The documentation seals are tamper and counterfeit proof. They measure one inch in diameter and are completely acid free, with a strong adhesive. The identification tags have over 5 security levels. If tampered with or removed, a traceable residue is left behind.
The registered details of each label at the Fine Art Registry® website consist of an artwork name, artist, date created, size, estimated value, and current status. Artists may also attach an extra photo displaying the FAR tag on the artwork, along with a signature.
Fine Art Registry also presents useful information for all artists, including art events, recent art news, investigations, videos, and an artist forum.
Free Fine Art Registry members can add documentation for FAR ID tags that they purchase. But, the site also offers a selection of packages for premium members. What follows are some of the features of for those who choose to upgrade.
Features for Fine Art Registry Premium Members
- Create a certificate of authenticity for free anytime (for items that are registered). The certificate includes the Fine Art Registry ID number of the artwork.
- Transfer of Ownership
Ownership may be transferred to the art buyer for purchased artworks. The artwork will appear in the art collector’s portfolio at Fine Art Registry.
- Report artworks are that are lost or stolen by updating its status, which is displayed along with the piece in your portfolio. This helps to increase the chance of successful recovery.
- Create a portfolio of registered artworks. Each image is displayed with the FAR tag number beneath it. This will give the art buyer confidence that the artwork is safe to buy.
There are options to include a bio and links to Twitter, Facebook, and an art website. Additionally, a Youtube video can be embedded in the portfolio page.
- Fine Art Promotion Program
Fine Art Registry regularly features member artists. These are published at the Fine Art Registry website, as well as being sent to art publications and magazines. All featured artists get to be published in the Fine Art Registry Guide to Contemporary Artists.
- Art Sales Gallery
Artists may sell up to 50 artworks at a time, with the option of being paid through Paypal. There is no commission for this service, just the regular membership fee.
How to Get Started With Fine Art Registry
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It should be noted that registering at Fine Art Registry is not the same as copyright. For official copyright, artists should register their art with the government (www.copyright.gov).
What do you think of the Fine Art Registry?
Will you be using the ID tags to provide online registration of art?