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About Copyright

I have put links to the right that will hopefully assist you in reaching an undertanding of what copyright is - or isn't.

So what is it? As much as the term is being bandied about these days, copyright seems to be one of those topics that people have heard about. Difficulty arrises when neither party has a firm grasp on what it means - either as an artist - or as a violator. The right thing to do is ask the artist for permission and give credit.

Merriam-Webster defines the term 'copyright' to mean "the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, and sell the matter and form (as of a literary, musical, or artistic work)"

Encyclopædia Britannica on plagiarism: "the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own. The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and piracy - practices generally in violation of copyright laws."

Simply put, an artist's copyright starts the moment a work is completed. Just because you buy it - doesn't mean you hold the copyright... and it doesn't matter that there is no © or the words "Copyright" and a date on a piece of art - it is copyrighted and a violator can be held accountable for infringement.

Copyright crash course
The University of Texas has put up
this wonderful site - worth a visit.

 In Depth: Internet Piracy and Copyright Infringement
by Daniel Grant

This article is about piracy of
visual art. It speaks on the risks -
as well as benefits - of Internet exposure.

Copyright and the Visual Artist
Franklin Pierce Law Center page - a good one.

Starving Artists Law
SAL provides a list of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, as well as other helpful information.

"10 Big Myths About
Copyright explained"

by Brad Templeton

Brad's site is an attempt to answer common
myths about copyright seen on the internet
and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.

 What is Copyright Protection?
Defines the basic meaning regarding
copyrights, using the Berne Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Property.

 Friends of Active Copyright Education - Still Images
This site covers visual art and has a FAQ page - especially relevant to photographs on web sites.

 Artist's Rights Society
Founded in 1986, Artists Rights Society (ARS) is a copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States.

More sites will be added as I find them.

Society of American Mosaic Artists member

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