Thoughts on Copyright and Copyright Compliancy
If your head starts to spin,
you see stars, and sing lalalalala, in a state of confusion, when you hear the
word copyright, it's okay. You're not
alone. Many people don't understand
it. I was asked by Artistic Dreams Imaging, the company that licenses my artwork for resale as tubes, to write an
article for them, on what copyright compliancy means to me, the artist.
Copyright compliancy means
to respect and honor my wishes as to how my art is used. Copyright means exactly what it says... it
gives the creator of a creative work the exclusive right to decide and control
who can and cannot distribute, make copies of, make derivative works of or
perform or display their originals. So, in other words... if you make a pixel
painting, you get to control who can make copies of it and how they do it.
request. It is respect. You wouldn't come into my house and repaint
my chair or remove and take home the seat cushion from it, so you shouldn't do
the same thing to my art, unless, of course, I give you permission to. I hold the rights by ownership to decide what
is done to my chair. I hold the rights
tell you what you can and cannot do with my art. Respect.
Trust. Honor. Courtesy.
I am giving it to you by allowing you to use my art per my terms. All I ask is that you return that courtesy,
honor, trust and respect.
artist's contract with you. All any
sites and blogs and social media sites.
If an artist licenses their work, the company may have different terms
of use for the licensed art. You must
not. Digital stamps, for example may
titling the terms "Angel Policy".
Follow all of the terms, regardless of their title, to the letter. Every artist will have different terms of
use. It is your responsibility to read
the terms and follow them or you risk breaking the terms of the contract. Be aware that these terms are a legal
contract. Terms may change without
notice. It is your responsibility to
keep yourself up to date with an artist's terms.
Copyright getting a little
Years and years ago, before
the first tube store was born, I wrote lessons on understanding copyrights for
the tagging community. These lessons
still apply today. They were written to
be easy to understand.
Read them. Direct people to them. Link to them. Do NOT, however, post my printed lessons, or
excerpts thereof, on your sites or groups.
The Zone Groups is the only group who has my permission to post my
A Little Note To The Artists: (all artists, of all kinds and mediums)
Please do not simply say "Do Not Steal My Art" on your site or
gallery or blog, etc. What you consider
stealing and what the person browsing the internet considers stealing may be
two totally different things. If you are
completely. If you do not want your
whole unaltered art displayed with a link to your site on their blog, state
that. If you do not want your art tubed
or to be used in sig tagging or facebook covers, etc. state that. You must spell out exactly what you do and do
not want done with your art. It may take
a paragraph, it may take a page, but state your terms clearly. If your art is licensed, state that it is,
permits use of your art.
I hope your head doesn't
spin quite so much when you see or hear the word copyright. Be kind to others who do not understand
copyright. Remember we all had to start
somewhere, sometime, and not all of us understood or knew about copyrights from
Pass it on. Education is key.
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