General Statement Regarding Copyright
Please respect our artists copyrights. Copyright is legal protection
artists are granted by the government of the United States and the International
Berne Convention, among other protecting statutes, laws and standards.
A copyright is a way an artist can claim authorship for the unique and
original work they produce, and for them to earn a fair livelihood by
controlling the usage of their creations. Through a lifetime of dedication,
passion for their work, and creative talent, an artist serves society,
by giving vision to concepts, dreams, and feelings.
A copyright is actually a group of individual rights given to an artist,
so that each specific use of an image is transferred separately to a
buyer. Fees are negotiated based on the extent of the use granted. 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.
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.
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