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In this technological age, many new and delightful tools have surfaced on the market to help artists and businesses create images for their personal or commercial usage. However, the downside to such a wonderful technological advantage is that it often leads to misuse and abuse of the artist's intellectual property.
An artist's expression (their painting, photograph, sculpture, story, etc.) is called Intellectual Property: it is something created by the artist that did not exist before. That intellectual property is, in essence, each artist's livelihood. Their income, their means of supporting themselves, is derived by their ability to produce unique works for the marketplace.
Unauthorized usage of an artist's intellectual property is THEFT and is against the law. Any use of an artist's work without their permission (be it downloaded images from a website, scanned images from a print or book, calendar images used to be framed, etc.) is an infringement on the artist's rights and is illegal.
The following Q&A is designed to help you decipher the difference between legal and illegal uses for the artwork and writing found on this website. Please read carefully!
If you love the work you've found here, help us protect the artist's rights, and the inspiring images they've worked so hard to create!
Q: What is a Copyright and how does it apply to artwork?
A: When an artist creates a unique image, it is called Intellectual Property and immediately upon it's creation, without any registration, the art --and all the rights associated with the art-- belong to them. These rights to the image, and to all uses of the image, are called Copyright. The art on this site is not registerd because copyright registration is NOT mandatory Copyright belongs to the artist as SOON as the art is created. However, registering the art with the copyright office protects the artist to a much greater extent. It allows the artist or their representative to civilly sue the infringing party not only to cease and desist the infringement, but also allows the copyright holder (the artist) to recover monetary compensation for damages.
Q: Can I use images from this website on my own website?
A: The art on this website, including the graphics and jpgs, are owned by their respective artists. None of the images may be used for commercial purposes, without express written permission for the artist in question.
Q: Can I create banners, stationery, signature tags for my own personal use?
A: No. This is also an infringement on the artist's intellectual property and violates their copyright. When you create for these purposes, the artist has no say over how their own work appears. For this reason, absolutely no stationary, signatures, banners, web sets, psp tubes, skins, or any other use is allowed.
Q: If I buy a painting, print or other item can I use it in my own product or reproduce it?
A: As stated above, when an artist creates an image, that image belongs to them. They are the ONLY ones allowed to choose how that image is used. When you purchase an item bearing their art, you are purchasing a licensed product, approved by the artist. The company creating the ITEM pays the artist for the right to produce and sell those items.
If you--or any individual or company--creates a product without compensating the artist, you are breaking the law and damaging the artist's livelihood.
Copying the image to create your own product or modifying and reselling it in another form is called "derivative works" and only the artist creating the original work is allowed to create a derivative work. In other words, only the artist has the right to modify their own creation. Whether you purchase a print, book, licensed product or EVEN THE ORIGINAL PAINTING, the artist retains ALL COPYRIGHT to that image. This law does not apply to the resale of an item. An item may legally be resold if in its original, non-modified form.
Q: I have a great idea for a product, how do I seek the artist's permission?
A: If you have an idea for a product, you must seek a license to create that product. Each artist decides for him or herself what products they'd like to license and which companies they'd like to work with. If you would like to seek a license with any of the artists on this site, you may do so by emailing here.
Q: Where can I find additional information regarding Copyright?
A: U.S. Copyright Office
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