What is a Copyright?
A copyright is a group of individual rights given to an artist, so that each specific use of an image or written word is transferred separately to an approved buyer. Fees are negotiated based on the extent of the use granted, either regular or extended use over time. Any rights not specifically transferred remain the property of the artist. Ownership of an original piece of artwork confers no additional rights, unless otherwise transferred by the artist in writing. An artist holds these rights for their lifetime plus 50 years.
Copyright law is found in the Constitution of the United States, Article 1, Section 8, which extends protections and rewards to artists for their authorship. The current copyright law as it stands today was put into effect in January 1978. It is a federal offense to infringe upon artist, writer, web designer or other creative persons work.
Severe penalties can be issued by federal courts, up to $100,000 per infringement. For a thorough review of the copyright laws please go to: http://www.loc.gov/copyright
In order to maintain quality and provide utmost experience to our users we ask that visitors respect copyright laws for all art, media, writing, and intellectual production seen on our site.
Copyright is the legal protection intellectual property, writing, art, and other web elements are granted by the government of the United States and the International Berne Convention, among other protecting statutes, laws and standards.
Copyright allows creators, artists and writers the ability to claim authorship on original and unique works they produce and to protect their livelihood through earnings of their intellectual property. Through a lifetime of dedication to their craft, copyright protects creative and professional talent from infringement, copying of, or altering of their works.
A derivative work is one that is “recast, transformed or adapted” according to copyright law. A derivative work created without the permission of the copyright holder will most likely constitute an infringement. A litmus test is often based on “person in the street” criteria: if a lay person deems the original work and the derivative work to be similar, most likely an infringement exists. A jury is asked to rule on similarities, not differences, in determining an infringement.
Out of respect for the artists’ rights and for your own self-protection, infringement is a serious offense. Please respect creative as you enjoy their dedication.