Illustrators Partnership of America
Illustrators Partnership of America

   Association of Medical Illustrators
Association of Medical Illustrators

 American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)
American Society of Architectural Illustrators

 National Cartoonists Society
National Cartoonists Society

  Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

  San Francisco Society of Illustrators
San Francisco Society of Illustrators

  Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators

  American Society of Aviation Artists
American Society of Aviation Artists

Society of Illustrators San Diego
Society of Illustrators of San Diego

  Society of Illustrators Los Angeles
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles

  Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

ASIP urges all published illustrators to join the Artists Rights Society (ARS). As an ARS Illustrator Member, you can then be assimilated into a global system that will allow you to receive reprographic royalties for secondary uses of your work.

Reprographic Royalties Update


In January 2019, illustrators who have signed reprographic agreements with the Artists Rights Society (ARS) began receiving reprographic royalty checks. Last month, ARS sent out another round of checks to more new members. These payouts are a milestone: the first time American illustrators have ever received a share of these international reprographic royalties.

In March 2019, ARS member illustrators filed claims with the French collecting society ADAGP for illustration work dating back to 1995. In April, illustrators had the opportunity to file claims with the British DACS.

This success is the result of efforts by the American Society of Illustrators Partnership coalition that have worked for years toward this goal.

To join, the only requirement is that you must be a published illustrator and you must apply for ARS membership directly. There is no membership fee and all published US artists are eligible. Once you are a member you can then file claims for your published work.

The Artists Rights Society (ARS is Latin for Art) is a widely-respected, long-established fine art collecting society. It is one of 41 international "Sister Societies" monitored by the quasi-governmental body CISAC. CISAC conducts audits of each organization. It checks their books and makes sure that their income and distribution models fulfill the strictest international guidelines. ARS is a member of CISAC and has a 30-year history of seeing that fine artists are paid for the use of their work. We're pleased that ARS has agreed to add illustrators' reprographic rights to their agenda.


1. Download the pdf Member Agreement from the ARS website. There are helpful FAQs at this link.
2. Also download the W9 Form from the same link.
3. Fill out the Member Agreement, listing all names, pseudonyms, and other variations under which your work is credited.
4. Sign the agreement with a digital signature or a traditional signature.
5. Return one copy to ARS, along with the completed W9 Form, via email.
6. ARS will return a counter-signed agreement to you.

This procedure will allow ARS to issue you an IPI (Interested Party Information) Number. This is a unique identifying number assigned by the international CISAC database to each creative artist.

IPI numbers are used by more than 120 countries and three million creators. Collecting societies require these identity numbers in order to pay royalties to the proper rightsholders and to avoid fraudulent claims.

Joining ARS will NOT interfere with your normal individual licensing arrangements. Your ARS contract will only apply where collective fees are already being collected under blanket licenses such as photocopying usage, cable retransmission fees, etc. These are royalties which until now, illustrators have never been able to claim.

Creating a Catalog. For the record, we are NOT suggesting that ASIP (through ARS) is offering artists easy money. According to the General Papers of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations:

"One of the basic principles of collective administration is that remuneration should be distributed individually to rightholders according to the actual use of their works."

This means that by joining ARS, illustrators will have the opportunity to supply ARS with a catalog of published works, dating back to your first publication. ARS in turn, will supply these records to its sister societies in other countries.

For most artists, this will mean researching and/or reconstructing records from multiple sources: tear sheets, diaries, calendars, invoices and the Internet; then entering the information on a spreadsheet. Most artists who have already started this process report finding it time-consuming but rewarding. Like this, from one of the country's leading medical illustrators:

"I had never catalogued my life’s work before, and joining the ARS effort has been challenging and rewarding. I will continue to build my list of published works, and look forward to reaping the benefits as time goes by..."


In March 2019, ARS member illustrators filed claims with the French collecting society ADAGP for illustration work dating back to 1995.

In April 2019, ARS member illustrators filed claims with the British collecting society DACS - Design & Artists Copyright Society.

In June 2019, ARS member illustrators filed claims with the German collecting society Bild-Kunst.

In June 2019, ARS member illustrators filed claims with the Spanish collecting society VEGAP - Visual Entidad de Gestión de Artistas Plásticos.

In March 2020, ARS member illustrators filed claims with French collecting society ADAGP, UK DACS, Spanish VEGAP, and Quebec SOCAN.



This global system (called IPI for Interested Party Information) assigns artists, musicians and other authors a unique legal identity tag called an IPI Number. If you are an illustrator, this will allow you to make claims for licensing fees for the use of your work currently being collected under international blanket licenses.

In the US, IPI numbers can only be obtained for you by the Artists Rights Society. The IPI number uniquely identifies each illustrator according to their name, birth date, death date if applicable, country, and authorized collecting society.

You must be a published artist with at least one visual work published in a book, magazine, journal, or newspaper to enter into this agreement.

There is no fee for membership. To join ARS, please download the Illustrator Member Agreement from the ARS website. Then fill out the form, listing all names, pseudonyms, and other variations under which your work is credited and sign it. You may sign the agreement with a digital signature or a traditional signature. Return one copy to ARS via email or postal mail.

For more information please see Frequently Asked Questions.


As copyright holders of published illustrations we unite to protect our copyrights, establish transparent accountability of the reprographic royalty streams earned by American illustrators, and promote the proper licensing of our works.

A collective rights administration for published American illustrators is long overdue. Significant sums of reprographic royalties due artists are being lost or dissipated without accountability while reprographic usage is escalating. Reprographic royalties are paid when published work is photocopied by libraries, institutions, corporations and other users. This income is earned when copyright collecting societies license secondary rights users to photocopy or digitally republish printed material anywhere in the world. Reprographic royalties may derive from published articles, cartoons, illustrations, photographs, maps, charts, etc.

Reprographic rights are held individually by each artist but are licensed collectively by a copyright collecting society that artists have mandated to administer these rights. Regrettably, there has not been a U.S. copyright collecting society to represent American illustrators, and illustrators do not currently receive any compensation for the exploitation of their reprographic rights.

In 2001, the Illustrators’ Partnership of America founded the IPA Reprographics Coalition to establish transparent accountability, protect these copyrights, and create a system to assure that artists are properly represented in this emerging source of secondary rights income. The Coalition grew to 12 professional illustration societies representing over 4,500 of the most prolific and widely published illustrators in the world. In October 2007 the Coalition united as a non-profit named the American Society of Illustrators Partnership.