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Just some random thoughts… When did artwork become “for use” instead of just to look at and enjoy? We don’t walk into an art gallery, see a piece we like, take it off the wall and leave (unless we legally purchased it). So why do so many assume that online art galleries are any different? Because the access is easier, perhaps? Because it’s anonymous and no one knows they took the art vs. in a brick-and-mortar gallery, they’d be caught red-handed? There are so many who assume that once the work is online, it’s free to take and use as they wish. But they wouldn’t be caught dead doing that in a real gallery. Why the double standard? The art is put into a gallery, physical or digital, to be viewed, not taken and changed/altered to the viewer’s satisfaction. Now that digital art is becoming a bigger and more widely-accepted […]

Due to the increasing amount of people who think that once something, anything, is put online it is free to take, I thought I’d write up an article about what copyright really is and how it protects the artist, author, musician, ect. Please feel free to pass this article around to anyone who has a misunderstanding of copyright. The more we can educate people, the better. From the U.S. Copyright PDF – “Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following: reproduce the work in copies or […]

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