(shared from artbusiness.com)
“Pretty much all artists believe their art is automatically copyrighted the instant it’s completed and protected from acts of infringement– and they’re right, it is. According to United States Copyright Law, and quoting from the copyright.gov website, your art is considered copyright protected from “the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.” Sounds like everything’s peachy and you’re covered, right? Not so fast.
Yes, your art is automatically copyrighted, but believing that no further action is necessary in terms of formally registering it with the United States Copyright Office can be a major mistake. According to Copyright Law, formally registering works of art is far more advantageous over not registering them in several very substantial ways. Before getting into specifics here, be aware that only certain types of art are likely to be infringed upon. Most art has…”
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