Protecting Your Art Just Got Harder. What Do You Need To Do To Keep It Safe?

Protecting Your Art Just Got Harder. What Do You Need to Do to Keep It Safe?

When artists create their artwork, it becomes their form of expression, reaching and moving others to feel something. This connection makes each piece of art a valuable possession that\’s rightfully yours.

The Dangers of Selling Art Online

Unfortunately, artists need to work harder to protect their art now more than ever because of the focus on increasing your online visibility. You can reach more people and increase profits by selling on websites and increasing exposure on social media.

The moment you upload an image to the internet, you increase the risk of your art being copied and used in different ways without giving you the credit you deserve. Although sharing your work online does have its benefits, you must learn to protect the rights you have over your original artwork before it’s available on the digital marketplace.

A Change in How You Protect Your Art

Many artists have probably heard of the “poor man’s copyright,” which is the practice of mailing yourself a copy of your artwork so that it has a registered date by the postal service. The purpose was to prove that you had a particular intellectual property at a specific time with the stamped date.

But you must understand as an artist that this method isn’t going to hold up in court if you need to file a copyright lawsuit. The main reasons for the death of the “poor man’s copyright” are that:

  1. People can easily pre-send envelopes to themselves that can be used later.
  2. It doesn’t prove that an artwork is original or created by you.

Then what do you need to do as an artist to truly keep your art safe? The legally binding foolproof solution is a registered copyright.

Register Your Art With The United States Copyright Office

Why is it so crucial to copyright? When you register your artwork with the U.S. Copyright Office, you’re guaranteed protection by the government, so nobody will be able to use your art without your knowledge or permission. Registering will also ensure that you can get paid for your prized possession if someone wants to use your work.

Registering your work is even simpler now with the online portal, where you provide all the necessary information on the application and pay the required fees. The final step is to upload or mail in a copy of your artwork.

Keep in mind that before you can file a lawsuit, copyright registration is legal only when the U.S. Copyright Office officially registers it. Since the process can take some time, artists must be more diligent in registering their art correctly and quickly before sharing it online.

Other Ways to Prevent Art From Being Stolen

The highest level of protection for your artwork will definitely come from registering your artwork. But it wouldn’t hurt to take these additional steps when sharing your artwork online:

  • Use a watermark when uploading on social media
  • Sign all of your art (front and back)
  • Upload low-quality images (making high-quality photos available for purchase)
  • Disable the right-click feature

Art For Your Cause: Protecting Artists

Art For Your Cause empowers artists by providing a safe marketplace where they can get their work in front of art collectors and buyers of art on consumer goods. In addition, you will increase exposure to your work and ensure your art will make the world a better place by contributing to nonprofits.

Sign up today as an AFYC’s artist.  This allows you to keep the focus on making art, letting us provide you with new innovative options to sell your art while helping others.

New Product Drop

Share this post

Explore more posts

Why Crowdfunding Is Awesome Nonprofits & Causes

Why Crowdfunding is Awesome

From saving Australian koala bears on the brink of extinction to finding sustainable alternatives for plastic to building a new performing arts center in your ...
Read More →
Art And Business, Or The Art Of Business Artists

Art and Business, or the Art of Business

The ‘Starving Artist’ myth says that artists are not good business people. This myth has been deeply rooted in the longstanding belief that most new ...
Read More →
Eleven Alternatives To Etsy To Sell Your Art Online Artists

Eleven Alternatives to Etsy to Sell Your Art Online

In the world of handmade, Etsy appears to be the go-to place for all things creative. From handcrafted gifts to limited edition prints, it is ...
Read More →
Fundraising Incentives  – Luncheons And Galas Nonprofits & Causes

Fundraising Incentives – Donor Appreciation

A cornerstone of being a non-profit organization fueled almost entirely by the kind donations of others is donor appreciation. Donors need to feel like their ...
Read More →
How to Apply for Art Grants Nonprofits & Causes

How to Apply for Art Grants

If you’re an artist, you don’t need us to tell you that the last couple of years have been tough for arts and culture. Yet ...
Read More →
Utilize Product Reviews To Boost Your Art Business Art Lovers Blog

Utilize Product Reviews to Boost Your Art Business

How many times have you been set on a product, only to read the reviews and change your mind completely? Product reviews have the power ...
Read More →
Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top

Don't Run Off...

Sign up to our newsletter and get a free factsheet on How Nonprofits Can Collaborate With Artists, Besides Using Their Art.