Ever wondered how to copyright artwork?
If you鈥檙e an artist, illustrator or any other kind of creative, there will most likely come a point in your career when you feel the need to protect your work and prevent others using it without your permission.
After all, in recent years, there have been several high profile cases of large companies such as clothing giant H&M using another artist鈥檚 work without giving them due credit, and it can be intimidating (and potentially very expensive) for an individual creator to take on the big boys.
So what can you do to protect your Intellectual Property (IP) and make sure your ideas are safe from larger predators?
Step forward IP and social media lawyer, Paul Lomic – an expert in helping individuals and small businesses protect themselves from unauthorized use of their creations.
In this week鈥檚 podcast interview, he explains how copyright law varies from country to country, and how all creatives can get essential advice on how to copyright artwork for much less than you might think.
How to Copyright Artwork – Essential Advice From Paul Lomic
鈥淚n Canada, as soon as you write down and you create the comic strip and you put pen to paper, you have author rights – right from that point of the creation.鈥滭br /> ~ Paul Lomic.
Highlights From This Podcast:
- Why, in Canada, your author rights begin as soon as you put your idea down on paper
- A quick, easy and completely free way to prove you created something first
- The complex area of trademarks and how to avoid copyright infringement
- Why a free consultation with an IP lawyer can help point you in the right direction
- Why protecting your IP and learning how to copyright artwork from an early stage is so important
We hope this week’s聽interview with Paul Lomic gives you lots of useful advice about how to copyright artwork and keep your IP safe from unauthorized use.
And, if you enjoyed this podcast, you might also like to check out this interview with IP lawyer, Seth Polansky, where he talks about how artists can stay on the right side of the law regarding copyright and fanart.
Have you ever had your ideas used without your consent…or, do you have any more good tips on how to copyright artwork? Get in touch with us using the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you!
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