When it comes to public art, what is fair use and what is infringement of your copyright? If your artwork is in the public realm, chances are someone has taken photographs of it and used them for their own purposes. It's a double edged sword as artist's work can go viral on social media and add to their desirability and marketability, but when commerce is involved, it can get tricky. The Arts Council of Indianapolis has pulled together this quick tipsheet to help artists navigate this space.
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In January 2015, the Salmagundi Club presented the art law panel discussion “Legal Issues for Artists and Patrons: Arts Lawyers Address Questions of Vital Interest to Arts Professionals”.
Le'ts Eat was a professional development conference for emerging artists held May 12, 2018. Special thanks to the Indianapolis Public Library for donating the space.
See videos of sessions and learn more.
Even though your artwork has copyright protection as soon as it is completed, in order to legally address copyright infringement, artists should always register their work with the federal copyright office. www.copyright.gov offers FAQs, tutorials, and a searchable database of copyrighted material.
You may register your work via the on-line system or via printed forms here.
A Creative Commons license allows you to protect your work, but at the same time share it and allow others to use it in specific ways you deem appropriate. Of course artists are always wise to register for a federal copyright on fixed works, but in the internet age, there are options for certain work that allow for more sharing and collaboration.
A Few Quick Resources:
INDY C.A.L.L.: Creative Arts Legal League is a not-for-profit referral organization which facilitates low to no-cost legal services and education to income-eligble artists and arts organizations in the Indiana community.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a national organization with offices in many major cities. This website offers many helpful resources and links as well as information about obtaining legal services.
A Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act - Prepared by Cynthia Esworthy, NEA General Counsel
Copyright Registration Law and Your Art - A helpful guide from ArtBusiness.com
Dramatists Guild of America presents Contracts 101: Fair Use & the Dramatist livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
Watch the video by clicking on the title above. While at HowlRound, you'll find hundreds of live streamed panel discussions on many topics involving theatre professionals.
Learn more at http://howlround.com
The Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) Ethics and Fair Practices Committee (now defunct) created helpful guidelines for artists covering topics such as Sales and Compensation, the Artist/Gallery Relationship, Donating to Charity Auctions, and much more. The selctions can still be seen on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/IDADAIndy/notes/