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.

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… Continue Reading Postmodern Artwork

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Court Cases

It is unusual for there to be a sufficient number of artlaw cases to report between Issues, but this month there is a wealth of them. Duchamp’s urinals In 1998 a French artist, Pierre Pinoncelli, comm… Continue Reading Court Cases

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Freedom of Information

Commission fees paid to artists by public sector organisations in the UK must be disclosed to anyone requesting such information, according to a recent decision made by the Information Tribunal operat… Continue Reading Freedom of Information

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US Copyright Protection for UK Artists

It is rare for visual arts copyright cases to end up at court. Even more rare for the trial to be fully conducted and judgment given; most copyright cases are settled out of court. A recent case tried… Continue Reading US Copyright Protection for UK Artists

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©autionary Tales: Of Hoffman

Tale One In October of last year photographer David Hoffman successfully prosecuted London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Councillor Barrie Duffey (Liberal), for distributing a leaflet which violated Hoffm… Continue Reading ©autionary Tales: Of Hoffman

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Leibovitz Futures

‘One of the world’s most successful photographers essentially pawned every snap of the shutter she had made or will make until the loans are paid off’: thus reported the New York Times on February 24… Continue Reading Leibovitz Futures

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Copyright Services

Picasso’s keen interest in taking care of the commercial dimension of his professional practice manifested itself relatively early in his career and extended also to the careers of his contemporaries;… Continue Reading Copyright Services

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