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How to copyright art?

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Shakeel Shihad

Progress over Perfection

Every artist wants his work to be noticed. So, it is necessary that you should utilize online distribution forms to get your work out there and to gather clients.

Unfortunately, the work displayed by you has the risk of being copied or can be reproduced on various other platforms and mediums. This makes it important to protect your work before publishing. There are many strategies where artists can save their work from potential infringers.

Why is registration important?

As soon as you take a photo, you have the copyright on the photograph. This copyright helps you in giving the privilege to control the production, use, and modification of the work. It is always disheartening to see your work being used by someone else without your permission Though it will save your artwork from infringers, it will not give you any compensation or profit acquired from an infringer for making your work available to other people.

Is it necessary to claim copyright?

No, it is not necessary to claim a copyright. The acquisition of copyright does not require any formality. It is an automatic process. However, copyrighted works along with the papers work as evidence of prima facie in the courts avoiding any disputes. Copyright serves as a method of safeguarding the artworks and saving it from infringers.

The process of copyright:

  • REASON- If anyone intends to use your work without permission, then it is against violating your rights, and you can sue him for copyright infringement for any profits he has made out of your work.

  • REGISTERING OF COPYRIGHT- There is a requirement for proper paper, money and time involved in this process. But now the process is at great speed with the help of the Federal US Copyright Office Website.

  • SUBMISSION OF COPIES OF WORK- You are required to submit the copies of the work done which can also be done by uploading the images online or mailing the copies of the work.

  • ISSUED NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT- This is the final step in the process by marking the work as the registered artwork; this process saves the work from infringers.

    Read more: Why is art important?

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Antoine Lepage

All good things are wild and free

No one can deny the fact that your artwork is actually your personal investment of money, time, and effort. Basically, it can be defined as an intellectual property created by you. It is important for you to protect that property and protect it using your copyright.


Imagine yourself as an artist…. You can be a painter, photographer, wall artist, or even a sculpture maker.  You wish to make a career as an artist in your areas of specialization and want to start a business with your artwork. In order to achieve this goal, you need to take the help of an online platform to share your completed work and create a client base for you. But the risk arises when you shared work online gets copied by others and sold in the market in their name. Here it is first important to have the copyright of the work you created and then publish or share the same online. An artwork automatically gets protected by the law of copyright the moment the same is created and you don’t need any legal approval for that. But the moment you are in need of establishing the fact that the work is done by you, then there is a need to defend the work with legal proof in for of copyright documents. There are a few steps that you need to follow for copyrighting your work. 


•    Sign on the image of your artwork. It will restrict others from stealing your work and use it in their name.


•    Get the work registered by visiting your countries copyright issuing center or online. It will give you a proof of ownership for the artwork.


•    Keep digital records or copies of your work as that can be of great help for proving the originality of the work.


Before you get the copyright for your work or even before applying, do think if the work is worthy of copyright or not.

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