Bad Artists copy; Good Artists steal – Pablo Picasso
We had a talk today about copyright and what it means for us as artists, designers and photographers.
For Information on Copyright Designs and Patent Act of 1988
- Copyright comes into effect as soon as it is fixed for example, on paper, on film or a sound recording.
- It is referred to as Intellectual Property.
- Copyright is separate from the ownership of the physical artwork
- Copyright protection in the UK is automatic
- you may need to prove that you were the first to create the work
- Copyright last the creator lifetime +70 years from publication, lifetime +50 for sound recordings and life +25 years for typographical
- You can assign copyright for a set number of years, or give away complete copyright
- Granting a licence is the best way
You would grant for a particular use of a painting
- Exclusive – you will not allow anyone else to reproduce
- Sole – you can use but no-one else
- Non Exclusive – you can use the image and you can also licence others to use it.
Considerations within your own artwork
- There is no copyright on ideas, names or colours
- Incorporate images which are no longer in copyright
- 1988 act states, if a work is incidentally included in artistic work, it will not be an infringement
You can register copyright with the following:
IP Lab (Intellectual Property Specialists)