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What is Copyright and why is it important?

kafka kafka 3130 posts

Copyright gives you (the artist) exclusive rights to an item, including the right to reproduce and sell it, and to make derivative works from it (paintings or prints adapted from the original) as well as the right to display the copyrighted work to the public.

The two basic aspects of copyright that are of concern to painters are:

1 – What rights an artist has to their own work.
2 – What responsibilities they have when using the creative work of others

Understanding the basic aspects of these two elements is essential for you to:

a) Protect your own work:
b) Avoid making an inadvertent or accidental copyright violation which could leave you exposed to legal action by the original copyright holder.

Copyright issues are important in the art and design industry. Any painter producing work that is for display to the public or for sale should attempt to understand and respect copyright laws.

UK Intellectual Property Office official Government website

kafka kafka 3130 posts

Subject matter of copyright

(a) Copyright protection exists in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Works of authorship include the following categories:

(1) literary works;
(2) musical works, including any accompanying words;
(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
(4) pantomimes and choreographic works;
(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
(7) sound recordings; and
(8) architectural works.

(b) In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

from US – Cornell law School, Legal Information Institute LII

janpiller janpiller 6234 posts

In Canada, if you write out lyrics for a song but there’s no accompanying music, it gets copywritten under “literary works” rather than music.

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