When selling work for reproduction, how can I protect my copyright?

What can I do to ensure that any prints clearly record my signature and details of the work?

As part of your copyright in the work, you have moral rights, including the right to be identified as the author of the work.  You should also ensure that the title of the work is shown and, if it is an editioned print, the correct edition number displayed.

You should ensure that all of these issues and any other concerns which you have about e.g. framing and display, are addressed in your contractual agreement with the organisation purchasing your work for reproduction.



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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.