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2013 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market, 38th Edition by Mary Burzlaff Bostic

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COPYRIGHT BASICS

As creator of your artwork, you have certain inherent rights over your work and can control how each one of your works is used, until you sell your rights to someone else. The legal term for these rights is called copyright. Technically, any original artwork you produce is automatically copyrighted as soon as you put it in tangible form.

To be automatically copyrighted, your artwork must fall within these guidelines:

  • It must be your original creation. It cannot be a copy of somebody else’s work.
  • It must be “pictorial, graphic, or sculptural.” Utilitarian objects, such as lamps or toasters, are not covered, although you can copyright an illustration featured on a lamp or toaster.
  • It must be fixed in “any tangible medium, now ...

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