Can You Protect your Art in the Digital Age? Copyright and Fair Use

There has been a major change in how we think about image ownership. Reproducing, combining, and disseminating images without obtaining permission from the maker is an issue that all artists face and highlighted by the current legal battle between Des Moines artist Chris Williams and the supermarket chain Hy-Vee over using his artwork as a background in a national advertising campaign without recognition or compensation. This article will discuss the basics of copyright law and how it applies to artists and crafters. There are always two questions concerning copyright: 1) how to I protect my artwork and 2) when am I able to incorporate someone else’s work without permission. Copyright legall

Art Insurance - Invest in Yourself

Hard to believe but INSURANCE is a hot topic among show directors and artists as weather is increasingly unstable and risk adverse promoters have pushed this issue to the front burner. Artists are increasingly reporting that shows, fairs and festivals now require that all artists carry-and prove that they carry--at least liability insurance. As a professional artist, you’ve put your time, money, blood, sweat, and tears into your work. Is it protected? If you aren’t sure, then the answer is probably no or not enough. You need to invest in policies that include liability coverage as well as considerations such as theft, accidents, acts of God and damages to an artist's work or booth by others.

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