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.

Small Claims

The knowledge economy is evolving into the network economy. Traditional business practices are rapidly changing accordingly. But the machinery of governments and legislatures grind at a much slower pa …

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Post-Internet Art

The World Wide Web is 25 years old this year. UK computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee first proposed the concept in March 1989, and by November that year he had achieved the first Internet communication …

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Fair Use?

‘Copyright protection finds its justification in fair play. A person works and produces something. The product of his skill and labour ought to belong to him … It has long been recognised that only th …

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Renting Art: Borrowers and Lenders Beware

Borrowing and lending art is generally a good thing. The practice can increase and broaden access by spectators who might not otherwise be able to experience directly the creative act. It can also gen …

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Editions or Series: Picking Up The Pieces

A century ago Marcel Duchamp toyed with the idea of creating a box to hold notes and sketches for his works which eventually resulted in The Green Box, 1934, containing notes for the Large Glass, 1915 …

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What is Sculpture?

On 27 July 2011 the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) handed down a landmark judgment that decided the legal meaning of sculpture in UK copyright law. The significance of this decision is far-reaching, because …

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Performance Art and The Law

The relevance of these questions can be linked to the recent revival of interest in Performance Art from the 1960s and 70s and the growth in the market for artistic performances through their film, vi …

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Copying by Universities

The new year ushered in several important judicial decisions dealing with artlaw matters, including the Bacon Estate; the Sotheby’s and Christie’s so-called ‘price-fixing’ case; payments to artists of …

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Credit Where It’s Due?

Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol met in New York City – firstly only to shake hands, in May 1963, outside the Museum of Modern Art where both were entering the opening of the show ‘Americans 63′. Then D …

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Postmodern Artwork

Just like the proverbial long wait at the bus stop and then three buses come along at once, there has been a bumper crop of recent illuminating copyright lawsuits involving works by artists as diverse …

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