Being able to protect and enforce your copyright is essential for any artist, as this protects both your economic rights and your reputation as an artist.
Protection can be both legal and practical. Legal protection is covered by the use of copyright symbols, wording and licensing agreements for reproduction rights, while practical protection includes the encryption of your images to prevent unauthorised copying from your website. This section also considers the enforcement of your rights overseas, what happens if you use the value of your artwork as collateral to raise money, and useful organisations to contact if you do find that your copyright has been infringed.
The articles in this section focus on:
- The © symbol
- Overseas copyright protection
- Organisations who can help with copyright enforcement
- Licensing agreements
- DACS – the Designers and Artists Copyright Society
- Mortgaging copyright, or using it as collateral in a loan
- Copyright fees from universities