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It's been a while since my last "Go for it" Article.
This time I'm bringing you something different. This time it's not about Photoshop; this time it's about protecting your work.

More and more artists are facing situations such as stolen works, unauthorize use, ripping, etc. We, as artists, are always trying to protect our work but, sometimes nothing seems enough.
For you to fully protect your work it's always adviced that you register and copyright your work, either it's paintings, photographies, digital art, literature, websites, blogs, etc.



So, what is ©Copyright?

In a general way, "Copyright is a form of intellectual property which gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights for a certain time period in relation to that work, including its publication, distribution and adaptation; after which time the work is said to enter the public domain. Copyright applies to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete. Some jurisdictions also recognize "moral rights" of the creator of a work, such as the right to be credited for the work.
Copyright has been internationally standardized, lasting between fifty to a hundred years from the author's death, or a finite period for anonymous or corporate authorship; some jurisdictions have required formalities to establishing copyright, most recognize copyright in any completed work, without formal registration. Generally, copyright is enforced as a civil matter, though some jurisdictions do apply criminal sanctions."

- original definition taken from Winkipedia.

I also advice a close reading to What Is Copyright? which contains many pertinent and important information.

In a general way, and according to many jurisdictions' laws, registering and giving your work a copyright, may cost you some money.
Fortunately there are some websites speciallized in registering and giving you full copyright of your work.
Let's see 2 of them:



My Free Copyright - www.myfreecopyright.com

• How does it work?
"MyFreeCopyright.com provides a third-party, non-repudiation, registered dating of your original digital creation. By using this service, you publicly associate your digital copyright and defined rights to you." (taken from MyFreeCopyrights FAQs)

• How do I protect my art on MyFreeCopyright.com?
You create an account and add your personal information. After this initial step, you have to upload your works or website info, etc. Next, a "digital fingerprint" of your original work is captured, logged and stored. After this procedure you'll be receiving an e-mail with the "fingerprint" code proving your registry and legal rights of your work.
Everytime you submit a copyright protection on MyFreeCopyright, all the information is gathered on a list which contains the copyright information about your work, the "fingerprint" code and all the extra information you added.
Everytime you need to, you have that proof of registry and copyright of your creations. MyFreeCopyright cannot provide legal action but, the information contained in your account have legal value in order too prove the copyrights of your work.



Safe Creative - www.safecreative.org

• How does it work?
"As the author you have personal and patrimonial rights over your work and you will always have to prove that you are the author, to be able to make use of these rights, or to avoid copyright infringement by others. To do this Safe Creative, a free platform for registration and accreditation, supports authors providing legal valid proof. (taken from SafeCreative.org FAQs)

• How do I protect my art on SafeCreative.org?</i>
The procedure is very similar.
You create an account with all your personal information. Then you have to upload the file you want to register and add copyright. You have to add all the pertinent information regarding that same work and choose the type of license you want. During the registry of you work it's possible to choose the type of license and learn the differences between each type.
Once again, this registry will grant you a legal proof that you are the owner and author of your work, giving you full copyright of it.
SafeCreative.org can't offer you direct legal actions but all registries are legal in the court of law.


I advice you to read both websites FAQs because they gather very important and valid information regarding your copyrights and ownership as artists.

For now I'm familiarized with these 2 websites for free copyright registry. For sure there are others.
This is a great step to allow you to regiter your work as your won and give you full rights over it.
If necessary, with these websites you have the legal information to prove you are the real authors of your work and noone else instead.
You just have too check them out and choose which one you like the best; or if you want to, register your work in both websites.
Protect yourselves and your work in advanced.
Be safe!



I hope you find this article useful for your needs. :heart:
LuneBleu
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SunnyJohansen Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
There are a lot of misunderstandings out there regarding copyrights and legal facts.
NONE of these so-called "image protection" websites, to which all these links go, can protect you legally!
 
- Yes, the very second you save your work to your computer, put it on paper, canvas or any other media,  it becomes yours, whether you have posted it anywhere yet or not.
- © 2017 Your Name, in that form in that order is the legal statement.  Instead of the copyright symbol, you can use the word, "copyright", but you need not have both.
- Whether you have registered your work with the U.S. Copyright Office or not, you have the right to place that statement with your work.

- VERY IMPORTANT: simply placing that statement with your work WILL NOT give you any legal leg to stand on if you take someone to court for infringement!  In the eyes of the court, ANYONE could put the statement on anything they have stolen and claim it...even removing YOUR statement, placing THEIRS on it, then taking YOU to court, claiming YOU stole from THEM!  Yes!  It really does get that messy and happens all the time!
** The ONLY thing any court is REQUIRED to recognize is registering with the U.S. Copyright Office! **

- I belong to, and pay for the services of, such a site for written work.  You register your posting site (not your work) with them.  It crawls the web constantly, looking for theft of my work from my posting site.  I post on three different sites, but only have one site registered with them. (you can register up to five sites)  Does it work?  It does, because it always finds my work on the other two sites and reports it to me as "found matches."  (it doesn't look for my name, only text copy)  It HAS found my work on other people's sites, but they were quotes and links back to me, and that's okay.  It is a highly regarded and widely used site.  Does it protect me legally in court?  NO, and they don't claim to.

- NO SO CALLED "IMAGE PROTECTION" WEBSITE CAN LEGALLY PROTECT YOU, nor can they prevent any of this from happening!  In a court of law, registering with such a site means absolutely nothing!  What prevents someone from taking your work and registering it with such a site as their own?  Think about it!  NOTHING!
- Will registering with such a site discourage theft?  MAYBE.  But, someone who is familiar with all the facts I've stated will not be deterred!
- Might some court grant you ownership without a government copyright?  MAYBE.
The ONLY thing any court is REQUIRED to recognize is registering with the U.S. Copyright Office!

I'm sorry, and some may get mad at me, or argue with me, but, I'm only trying to help.
Thank-you for listening.
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cosyfire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
consider [link] for copyright
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cosyfire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
consider [link] for copyright
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GenshiPlushie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student General Artist
Which one would you say is the best to use?
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Chromeheart-XIV Featured By Owner May 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for posting this.... Government copyrights, at least in the US, ar like $45 per picture, which is absolutely ridiculous, and I've been trying to find a way to get around that.
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:iconrazzberry:
razzberry Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you sooo much for this.
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GremlinCreatives Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
hey lune,grem...was on the rip thread..dev forums.
canary says this..:)..

photobucket.com/image...photos plus.
woothemes.com/category/themes...art/photos...

face book,has changed policy. anything posted..is theirs. selling
what they want.
delete your account..they still archive it.

never liked face book,there was a story on tv..about id thefts..
face book. so they're not liked.

spread the scorp news around,fellow toad. may these guys
not the find the river.
grem:)..
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QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Those sites seem like good idea to me (I'll have to check them out now.) Technically the minute you create a work it's considered copyrighted by U.S. law.... The trick is to be able to prove when it was created, so sites like that would help.

BUT, in the U.S. at least, it's still a good idea to register your works officially with the U.S. Copyright Office (Official site here: [link] ) - the main advantage to doing this is that if you DO have to go to court over a copyright infringement, and you've officially registered your work, then the legal fees will be covered for you.

The fee is $40 now, I think, but if you're registering unpublished work you can register a large batch at once as a "group" of works and pay only one fee for the whole group, so it needn't be too overpriced.
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grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Much appreciated thanks for the really good advice
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
so, it's mostly about the pictures you're putting online (watermarked in my case) or even those that sit on my pc? (in case i had to show a proof on original)
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:iconbrokennumbers:
brokennumbers Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Isto é muito bom, obrigada por partilhares isto connosco ;) Não fazia ideia que isto poderia ser grátis!
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LADESIGNER Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Great! thanks...
Take Care!*************
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: Great article, very useful information!
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:iconimaginedmoments:
ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Great information sweetie, thanks for sharing :hug:
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:iconlikaura:
LikaUra Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God, thanks a lot!
hat would be very useful! :eager:
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:iconmonkeytaillo:
Monkeytaillo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
thank yu for providing this vital information. :]

um, in "What is Copyright Protection?" it says in the third section, "Unless you are not the true author of the work, it is not illegal to place the copyright © symbol next to your name - it is your right to do so. Like this: Copyright © 2007 John Smith." this is really, truly true? yu don't have to actually register for copyrights? :confused:

even so, myfreecopyright.com is still safer, since there is physical proof of your copyright? :nod:
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pureWasted Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Way too early for me personally, but I'm really grateful that someone would take the time to explain this in detail, and I'll be keeping my eye out for those websites once my art reaches deserving levels. ;)

Kudos!
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iapartist Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks for the info :bulletpurple:
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:iconshadowdraconian:
shadowdraconian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student General Artist
thank you!
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:iconvampirevengeance:
VampireVengeance Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist
This is incredibly helpful. Thanks! This is a great article :aww:
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:iconm-a-f:
M-A-F Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
That's really nice ^^ great job researching! Now all that would be letting most of us down is laziness lolol;;;
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:icondegrassiaddict:
DegrassiAddict Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa, I never thought about getting copyrights for my work at an amateur level. I'm gonna check those websites out.
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na-sch007 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
very informative and relevant unlike most news pieces =)
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number1tolkienfan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks for putting this together! The sites sound worth checking out!

I'm all for artists acquiring copyrights to protect their work and respecting copyrights. Hope this article gets spread around dA. :)
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AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Err...typo in the 2nd sentence. I meant to write: "Honestly, a couple of months ago..." ;p
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AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting everybody know about this.

Honestly, a couple of ago I decided that I would register my work for copyright. So in a few days, I am going to submit a lot of my new artwork for official copyright. :) It's the only way I can feel semi-safe about submitting my art online. I just got so tired of art thieves stealing a lot of artists work here on DA.

Also, for those of you who are USA citizens like me, the official government website (for copyrighting your original artwork) is [link]

It costs money to have it official copyright, but I do not mind paying a fee to have my work protected. (Plus, this site is thee official USA Copyright Office, so your work will be in the Library of Congress). :)
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strigae-excandui Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info :D
i always take copies of my work from 1st beginning to the end of each stage, it takes up space (sometime up to 20 or more copies per drawing/picture or digital, depending on detail etc) but then i have my own prof and visual :) and if that don't work then investigator might be an idea :D
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Gothicmama Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks for the info, I had never thought about doing that before. Do you submit the stuff that is already in your gallery? Sorry to sound so dumb. :)
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Tasharene Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using the site for a long while now and it does give me some feeling of safety. As for your question, technically, your works become protected by FreeCopyright.com from the day you submitted them to the website (they send you a special email with all the details and date - you should KEEP that email, because it is your proof). So, if you submit your older works you will not be able to use the site's protection in case where someone stole your art during the time before you registered your work. Hope that makes sense.
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Gothicmama Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks so much for replying. I just registered there. What you say does make sense. Not that my stuff is even all that great, but it is nice to know there is some protection there. :)
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Tasharene Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your stuff IS great because it is YOUR stuff and you enjoyed doing it, so by all means, you should protect it. Best of luck! :)
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:icongothicmama:
Gothicmama Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Thank you :)
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MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
In the U.S. you need not register your work to have it copyrighted, as your article said, 'most recognize copyright in any completed work, without formal registration.' But it's always a good idea to dot all th i's and cross all the t's, especially if you are thinking of making money off it or that someone else might try to. You can register with the U.S. copyright office any work of art for a very small fee.
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LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Some countries have specific laws for copyrights issues (which is good). :aww:
I believe that this is an extra help, in case things get complicated.
Thank you for sharing your comment. :hug:
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:iconmasterofpointillism:
MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
No problem, it's knowledge that anyone can get if they really want to, and as artists we should not be ignorant of our rights and the law.
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Rahxy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great article! I'm a little suspicious of the websites, mostly because I'm weary of trusting websites with my artwork, in general. :P

But I'm definitely going to check these out! Thanks!
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:iconlunebleu:
LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: :aww:
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Bradshaw-101 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student Writer
See that had been bugging me... the copywrite here is fine (I have no problem with people using my work for non profit) but I'm glad there are places that do that for art :D

Also Storywrite copywrites all writen work submitted to it to the name that the person submitting it suggests (ie I would Copywrite my writing to Joshua R Bradshaw)
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:iconlunebleu:
LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know about Storywrite. That's vvery interesting and for sure I'll be taking a look. :hug:
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:iconbradshaw-101:
Bradshaw-101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student Writer
Not to worry, the link is [link]

You add your work and can choose a name to copywrite them to.
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:iconlunebleu:
LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :aww:
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:iconbradshaw-101:
Bradshaw-101 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student Writer
No problemo
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
wow - thanks very much for this valuable info :hug:
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:iconlunebleu:
LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. :hug:
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Fallen-Starchild Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
In my country every work automatically has a copyright the moment it is created. The country's law gives the author of the work full copyright and does not permit any use of it without the author's written permission.

My advice to everyone is that they study the laws of their own countries a bit and find out what they need to know. Everyone here uses the internet so it's not a mission impossible ;)

Best of luck!
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:iconlunebleu:
LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, that's a very precious advice. Many coutries have their own laws and, there's nothing better than knowing the law. :nod: :hug:
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Fallen-Starchild Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
hehe! there are better things, but sometimes it makes your life easier if you know a thing or two about your country's laws ;) (like how to find holes in them or use them to your advantage! =D)

:deviation:
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
thanks for the very valuable info Ana! :rose:
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:iconlunebleu:
LuneBleu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome my dear. :heart:
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
useful article and food for thought :)
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