on the Internet, is an interesting issue. By stating
that an image or work is " copyrighted ",
should indicate that it should not be copied and/or credited
as another person's work, especially for the purpose of
financial gain. However, putting an image on the Internet,
is in fact providing people with an unfettered opportunity
to download, copy, and print to one's heart's content.
is said that, " copying is the highest form of flattery ".
Indeed, a more sincere form of praise is given, when the
originator of the work is given credit for it - as is
the accepted practice in universities and other places
of education, worldwide. A single copy of each work
may be made, so long as, an appropriate written credit
is made to the originating artist, and remains attached
to the copy.
may be proven before a Justice. The originating artist
photographs and records detail of the original work, including
amongst other things, the date, context, and place/s of
manufacture. The photographs and records are enclosed
in a self addressed envelope and placed in the mail.
When the sealed and postmarked envelope is returned to
the artist, it is not opened. Only a Justice may break
the seals. The envelope is placed in a safety deposit
box until such time that it may be required.
America - the artist automatically owns copyright;
hence the use of the universal symbol, "©" after
the artists name. Generally,when selling a work under
American law, say with a price tag of $1000, and the purchasing
client also wants to buy the copyright, then double that
amount ($2000) is usually charged (more, should the client
be a wealthy company intending to make a lot of money
in using the image). Contracts are normally entered
into, upon sale and/or commission of a work in any event,
which also ensures that the physical integrity of the
original work, be maintained.
England, copyright automatically belongs to the originating
artist, unless the work is commissioned, where the price
of copyright should be included in the cost of the work.
The commissioning client will automatically maintain copyright
under English law unless contracted otherwise, amongst
other things, to permit an artist reasonable publicity,
where contracts would also ensure that the client maintains
the physical integrity of the original work. Contracts
may also allow for a choice of law.