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Should I copyright my artwork before showing it online?

 
 
Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 04:08 pm
Should I do that? That's one of the reasons I don't have any of my work online. I have an account with deviantart.com and I want to show my work there.
 
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 07:33 pm
Yes. Just put the little c in the corner.
or

put a screened red notice of copyright over the material.

Then send yourself a copy of your artwork to yourself in the mail. Don't open the envelope.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 07:51 pm
@PUNKEY,
What do you mean by,
"put a screened red notice of copyright over the material"?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 07:55 pm
@JGoldman10,
or take a picture of you and your artwork next to a copy of today's newspaper.

I saw that on a crime drama once...

(but it was a kidnapping victim, i think)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 08:04 pm
@Rockhead,
As far as I understand copyright law, all you need is to follow the following guidelines to protect your work.
Place the following statement in a visible place on the work displayed.
© [year of work created] Your real name here.

EXAMPLE:
©2011 JGoldman10

SOURCE:
http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ03.pdf
Quote:
"Visually Perceptible Copies
The notice for visually perceptible copies should contain all
three elements described below. They should appear together
or in close proximity on the copies.
1 The symbol © (letter C in a circle); the word “Copyright”;
or the abbreviation “Copr.”
2 The year of first publication. If the work is a derivative
work or a compilation incorporating previously published
material, the year date of first publication of the derivative
work or compilation is sufficient. Examples of derivative
works are translations or dramatizations; an example of
a compilation is an anthology. The year may be omitted when a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, with
accompanying textual matter, if any, is reproduced in or
on greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys,
or useful articles.
3 The name of the copyright owner, an abbreviation by
which the name can be recognized, or a generally known
alternative designation of owner.
1
Example © 2007 Jane
Doe
The “C in a circle” notice is used only on “visually perceptible” copies."
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 08:20 pm
@JGoldman10,
I have seen very faint screened words like "copyright material - not for duplication" written across pictures. If anyone tries to print the material, the screened words are seen on the picture.

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 09:44 pm
@PUNKEY,
Those images/pictures have a digital watermark Punkey. And if anyone wants to steal them, they have to go through a lot to photoshop the work and to remove the watermark which is situated above the center of the image yet still keep the image relatively pristine in the process.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 12 Mar, 2011 04:38 pm
Should I copyright a simple drawing before showing it online even if it is just to illustrate a point about something?
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Sat 12 Mar, 2011 04:52 pm
Quote:
Then send yourself a copy of your artwork to yourself in the mail. Don't open the envelope.


This is an old myth that has been kicking around forever. It has no legal value.
djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 12 Mar, 2011 05:02 pm
i'm not gonna worry about copyrighting my work, here's an example of a comic book i'm working on called, oriental christian kung fu cats, who turn the other cheek when dealing with uncircumcised oriental philistine dogs

i think it's gonna be a big seller

http://i471.photobucket.com/albums/rr73/djjd1962/Untitled.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 12 Mar, 2011 05:45 pm
@Green Witch,
I agree with that, GW. Not that I'm a legal expert, but that was the word back among the screenwriters I used to know.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 13 Mar, 2011 04:56 am
@djjd62,
LINK is BROKEN.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 13 Mar, 2011 04:58 am
@djjd62,
I already had my comic idea copyrighted years ago-I'm going to create another story and copyright that to replace the original one I did It was a crappy preliminary origin story that I created to protect my characters.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 13 Mar, 2011 05:00 am
@tsarstepan,
I asked an art question here about drawing something- I just want to show some doodles I made to illustrate a point and to get help with- they aren't fixed pieces of artwork. Should I copyright them before I show them here?

Or just show them?
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 08:48 am
@tsarstepan,
For the internet's sake I just usually put ©2011 and my initials on my work.
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HesDeltanCaptain
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2015 04:47 am
@JGoldman10,
Yes, because copyrights protect material from unauthorized exhibition and exploitation...Smile
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ameliaslater
 
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Reply Sat 14 Nov, 2015 03:33 am
@JGoldman10,
i think you don't need for this if your art work is very unique. If you think your art work can be copy so sure you have to copyright your work before display in market.
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