Creative License: Your Copyrights As An Artist

This painting of a snowman collection has been an all time favorite for licensing

     Licensing your artwork to manufacturing companies can be one of the most rewarding ways  to make your artwork “pay-off”  time and time again.

    Just think about seeing your art used as the surface design on other items such as rugs, throws, cards, etc. How cool is that!

    But before you get too busy thinking about  all that  money in the bank be prepared to spend  a lot of time to learning about copyrights and contracts.

 When you get into this field…[ it is challenging and there ‘s tons of competition] you HAVE to think about and deal with the legalities that must be researched and the common sense  realities in the licensing world.

    Even though I have been lucky enough to have entered into this field I would not think of going it alone. I have a licensing agent and that agent recieves a pretty fair chunk of the pie to help me get through all the legal jargon and is the one who contacts the companies and “shows” the artwork for me. I am happy to do this sharing of  royalties and fees since it frees me up to keep on painting .

BUT if you want to explore the possibilities of submitting your work for licensing… I am showing you some links to places you can visit that can give you a little insight into copyright laws…

US Library of Congress – United States Copyright office for copyright registration. 
http://www.copyright.gov/ 

 Content protection and what to do in case of theft.   http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

Creative Commons – Non-profit organization providing creative licenses for image works. http://creativecommons.org/

To see more images of Jamie’s that are available for licensing click on www.Porterfieldsfineartlicensing.com

Items show artwork by Jamie Carter that has been used as licensed products

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