>In a licensing agreement with someone from another state, does the artist
>the agreement to be in accordance with the laws of her own state of
>residence, or those of the Licensee?
It's best for the artist to have the agreement specify the laws in his/her
state. If there is a problem and litigation is necessary, the artist will
fewer travel expenses, less time spent getting to and from court, etc.
Of course, some states have more artists rights laws than others. But I'd
travel and time issues outweigh the likely benefits of the laws, if it
to that. If the artist is really lucky, he/she lives in one of the states
those laws (like CA or NY) and has the best of both worlds. Note: if the
lives in an area with a Lawyers for the Arts organization, that
probably provides arbitration and mediation services. These services can
specified in the contract as the route for resolution, rather than have
problem end up in the regular court system.