What is copyright?

What is Copyright and What Does it Mean for Graphic Designers?  April 23, 2012 – 01:20 pm


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What is Copyright blog photo What is copyright? In basic terms, copyright is a law that protects the original works of authors, artists, composers, and others from being used without permission. In the United States, an original work is under protection of copyright upon creation until 70 year after the creator’s death.
Copyrights give the original creator the right to present, sell, replicate, or change their work, as they deem acceptable. Others must obtain permission from or give proper credit to the creator of the original work to use or modify the original work in their works. Technically, a copyright becomes valid once the original work is created and used in some form of display (e.g., posting an image to your online portfolio). It is important to note that you don’t necessarily have to publish the work or register it to own its copyright; however, you cannot legally file an infringement of copyright unless the work is registered.

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Have you sent him any invoices

Via regular mail? I would send an invoice certified return receipt requesting payment for the work rendered.
Now in terms of this potential legal battle, it could get a little uncomfortable. HEre's why. What does your contract state specifically about copyrights? Most design contracts the copyright usually goes to the person who you are doing the desiging for, meaning your past employer re...ontract that you signed when you started working for him in terms of rights?
Also, you blatently threatened his business, which in general is not a good idea to do. Small claims court is the proper thing to do as well as a proper letter (not a verbal threat) letting him know that the website needs to be taken down according to such and such law until you are paid for your services, etc....

You have options. You mentioned

A contract, so the first thing you do is contact the person that you dealt with for the commission, point out what your contract was for, and the fact that you are aware the school is now using your copyrighted image.
Be nice, be friendly. Tell them that they are in violation of your copyrights, and you'd be happy to work out a financial arrangement that is beneficial to you so they can c...s the site for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
If you're feeling charitable, you can tell them you are going to now donate all the proceeds from future sales to some charity. Or keep the money.
The minute they give you a hard time, I would let them know that you are going to be contacting the local press on this issue. Because no matter what they say, they are taking advantage of you.

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