Copyright is a property. This is the one rule you need to know!
It is something you can own or give away. If you paint something, you have an automatic right over it for your entire life and for (in most countries) 70 years after your death. Even Picasso’s and other artist's doodles on napkins bear rights as they are by a unique creator.
Copyright is also called Intellectual Property and applies widely to all creations. There are many other forms of 'IP' such as inventions - I'm sure you've heard of patents.
There are many types of copyright. In this course, we are discussing the creative arts: Painting, Writing, Composing, Arranging, Performing, Photography, Film, and Fonts. We also focus heavily on artists reproduction.
It is important to understand the basics of artists' rights or creators rights so as to avoid infringing copyright. If your employer or an owner possesses a painting, it does not necessarily mean they can treat it as such in every way. Some regulations may still apply to the artwork in order to protect the artist or photographer.
When thinking about copyright, it is always best to imagine that you are the creator of the painting or art form. Would you find the intended use acceptable? This includes the subject, person or company you may be associating the artwork with.
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