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house Bill H.R. 889

Should Congress Protect Foreign Art Collections From Legal Claims?

Argument in favor

Strengthens the ability of U.S. museums to borrow foreign art and cultural artifacts by making it harder for individuals and organizations to claim that art in a collection is theirs. Letting more people see the work is more important than who actually owns it.

Carly's Opinion
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01/23/2017
This Bill is about works on loan only, not artworks all together. This pretty much allows the US to display more art to more people without going into disputes. Plus it accounts for works taken against international law, so there are cases where works could be returned. The US should not be handling the disputes of others.
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Chris's Opinion
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03/26/2016
These works are safer in museums. Just look at what ISIS has done to world landmarks!
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Tommy's Opinion
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08/26/2016
Art should be seen by as many people as possible.
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Argument opposed

The heirs of artists have a right to works taken unjustly, as do private collectors who lost pieces in catastrophes. This bill would have the government supporting pirated goods, while snubbing the rightful owners.

Cary's Opinion
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04/08/2015
Swiper, no swiping! Let's not reward those who steal from others by protecting them.
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Tressa's Opinion
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04/01/2016
If it doesn't "belong" to us, why would we want it? It just seems grotesque and illegal to play "finders keepers" with priceless art.
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Bluevol1976's Opinion
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04/07/2015
The owners of these works have rights to them. If the owners want to display them later, that decision should be made by them.
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