Laws for People in the Creative Department

Are you an artist or a crafter? If your answer to that question is yes, then this article is for you. Most artists and crafters make the mistake of posting their works online without any form of protection which is why they don’t have documents that back them up whenever people steal or copy their artworks.

pinterest-home-decor-craftsA little knowledge on trademarks and copyrights can give you protection from any form of infringement. Moreover, you can be assured that any type of craft or art that you make is protected by a copyright law. As a matter of fact, these copyright laws protect works that are of original authorship such as songs, poetry, movies, novels, sculpture, paintings,music, and drawings. Copyright protects the artistic elements that are in these artworks. However, one must also understand that the functionality of these works are not covered by the copyright law. For example, if you made a table, the copyright law will only protect the design and artistic elements, not the actual table.

While artworks are automatically covered by copyright law, it’s still important to register them so you have the right to sue for court costs, statutory damages, and attorneys fees. A copyright can’t be assigned unless the item is registered in the United States Copyright Office.

To register your artwork, all you have to do is fill out a form and submit it to the US Copyright Office. When you’re done, you need to pay an application fee of $35 and you’re good to go.