Marisa D. Aceves. Pigment Landscape 2: digital photography acevesart.com
There are different types of birds, birds we watch, birds we eat and birds that could potentially eat us if we leave ourselves open and vulnerable.
Which category of birds would you like to flock with?
Most of us would never dream of admitting that we have at one time or another, in the course of our art careers, left our work open to art vultures.
Everyday the internet is populated by students, professional artists and Saturday night dabblers looking for ideas for their art.
Maybe today, they’ll finally find what they are looking for.
Perhaps their next successful sale will be YOUR art.
Does this scenario scare you?
Does it make you angry?
Understandably, you might still be in a state of denial.
At first you may think that what I’m proposing is stupid and paranoid or a variety of other colorful expletives, but copyright infringement happens all the time.
The unauthorized use of your intellectual property is probably one of the biggest betrayals of your trust, yet this current age of information gives a variety of individuals with questionable intentions easy access to your artwork.
How can you protect yourself from the misuse of your work and the potential loss of future income?
You must first familiarize yourself with copyright law.
According to the website Lawmart.com, the definition of copyright is as follows:
“Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phone records of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly.
The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.”
For additional information check out this link to the Lawmart article Copyright vs. Trademark vs. Patent http://www.lawmart.com/forms/difference.htm
What many artists fail to realize is that if you are found guilty of copyright infringement, you can receive a jail sentence.
Here is some additional information about copyright that will help to keep you and your work safe.
There is more information on this subject that I have not yet included. I will try to make sure to update and add to this information as soon as possible.
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