All too often we read of artists finding their art work on the market, where someone else has copied their work and are making a profit off of it. This has recently happened to Mona, a fabulous Mid-West artist ~ It’s a pretty sad commentary on our society today. Why bother to post your work on the internet – it’s pretty simple for some, it is how they earn a living. Posting a warning all over one’s blog doesn’t matter in the least, these folks totally ignore it and could care less.
Question: are you doing anything to protect your art? Are you concerned that what happened to Mona could happen to your work?
I’ve only recently started the process of legally copyrighting my paintings, and I guess will now begin to watermark the pieces as well. I have had spiked viewing activity every once in a while, where 400 views are clocked in a day – unusual and highly likely that something is going on and it’s not that that many folks are just loving my work.
Every day I lose a little bit more confidence in basic human values and morals. Are we at a point in society where it’s too late to turn back?
So recently I got an email from a customer who said “Hey, I see your artwork is on puzzles on this site. I hope you knew.”
Well no I didn’t.
What to do … what to do…
So I contact my licensing agent and asked if he wanted to send them a bill for use of my images. And he was all “Hell yeah.”
Okay … that’s paraphrasing on my part … just a little.
Or maybe a lot.
One of those.
But it got me to thinking about how often this happens. Folks using my work thinking it’s free for the taking. And though I have held off doing this it is finally time to watermark all my images on my website. Currently I’m about half way through.
I Probably should have caved years ago but the artist in me wants the images to look nice. You…
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