Is signing your artwork enough?

View testimonialsView Artwork
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    78
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0

    Is signing your artwork enough?

    I'm wondering about copyrights. Is signing your artwork enough so that you own it or do you have to put a copyright symbol on every piece of art? If you put copyright 2008 your name at the bottom of your website, is that enough to say everything on the site is yours? I basically just want to know what you have to put on your artwork before putting it on the internet so it doesn't get stolen.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Southeast coast, USA
    Posts
    2,794
    Thanks
    511
    Thanked 505 Times in 341 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    There's no way to prevent it from being stolen unless you don't put it up at all. If you were going to pursue someone through the courts, then you would need to establish ownership through papertrail or (preferrably) through having sent your work to the copyright offices in your country before the infringement. Putting the notice on your site or art is only going to affect law-abiding citizens who may want to know what artist owns the piece(s).

    I believe there are some stickies on the matter in the Employment Discussion sub-forum, or you can do a search.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Southern Alberta
    Posts
    600
    Thanks
    113
    Thanked 405 Times in 163 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    In law, if you create it, you own it. My instructor signs all his work and adds a copyright symbol. This doesn't increase his protection, but it serves notice that he consider ownership of the image to be his, and he will pursue legal means to maintain his rights.

    The truth will set you free,
    but first it's gonna piss you off!

    Website
    www.ceandersonart.com

    Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ed-...47726545290769
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    New Haven, CT
    Posts
    2,988
    Thanks
    295
    Thanked 290 Times in 173 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Wooly ESS View Post
    In law, if you create it, you own it. My instructor signs all his work and adds a copyright symbol. This doesn't increase his protection, but it serves notice that he consider ownership of the image to be his, and he will pursue legal means to maintain his rights.
    For the time being, if orphan works passes all the signatures in the world won't matter.

    But yes, for now, it is sufficient.

    My work: [link]
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Southern Alberta
    Posts
    600
    Thanks
    113
    Thanked 405 Times in 163 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I should add that I live in Canada. A fairly stiff piece of legislation has recently been introduced by the federal government strengthening the rights of copyright holders. The focus of the legislation is music and movies, but it should apply to images as well.

    The truth will set you free,
    but first it's gonna piss you off!

    Website
    www.ceandersonart.com

    Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ed-...47726545290769
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside
Register

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
The Art Department
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook