How To Protect Your Artwork From Online Theft

Interview With Intellectual Property and Copyright Protection Attorney, Ann Robinson

Meet Anna Robinson, a shareholder at Brooks Kushman P.C. practicing trademark, trade dress, copyright, entertainment and internet law. While watching this 40 minute interview, take notes, because she and Andrea take a DEEP DIVE into copyright protection for Artists and Designers.

What challenges have you faced putting your art and design online? Comment below.

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This article was written by Andrea Bogart, founder and lead art advisor of Embrace Creatives.

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7 thoughts on “How To Protect Your Artwork From Online Theft”

  1. I take photos from online and sometimes it’s a good picture of some person that I want to use. In the Fairact part of copyrights, would I be infringing if I digitally extract basic features as color and contrast completely leaving a flat high contrast shapes and linear outline to fill in with other elements? Like filling in Mr. Potato Heads’ shape with a carrots’ color and texture image in its place and creating Mr. Carrot with the original facial features of the former? I read that at least 15 to 20% of a copyrighted image can be altered to lawfully pass up any infringement pursuits.

    • interesting video! thanks! lots come to mind when i viewed it. I had many issues with people “taking”. I even found online that a lot of my art was taken and used to make prints and cards… but i never got anywhere with it. the person who stole it is in other country…and said she fb was all free to take! anyway…it was an exhausting journey . also had work taken on other social groups and my own webpage. I guess in the end I had to move on. People do tell me that the © sign does no good- anyway- I will come back to this video to review! thanks again!

      • wish i knew to take a screenshot of the stolen art online…. but i did approach the person (persons). in any event, good to know for future…also good to know about the “take down” form! thanks a lot!

      • It’s frustrating and disheartening when one’s art or design is stolen, especially when someone else profits from it. Anna describes way to protect art online and the resources available in case. Embrace Creatives has a “right click” protect feature so no one can “grab” images. Someone can screen shot but the image quality will be too low to print anything of quality with it.

      • Would you mind using the share buttons above to get this out to your creative universe? It could help a lot more artists that way – thanks!


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