The term ‘intellectual property’ or ‘IP’ refers to the property rights that arise in the outcomes of creative and intellectual processes, such as artworks, designs and inventions. These rights include copyright and moral rights, and are legal tools that practitioners can use to protect their work from unauthorised use, to protect their reputation or brand, and generate income.
NAVA asserts that it is fair for artists and designers to be entitled to control the use of their intellectual property.
NAVA plays an important role in advocating for the protection of artists' and designers' economic and moral rights both in law and in practice. Over its history NAVA has frequently taken action on behalf of artists whose IP is used without their consent or who come under duress to waive the right.