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Copyright Infringement and Artist Copycats scare artists who want to share their artwork online.
When another artist admitted to copying one of my paintings, I started collecting news about other copycat painters, artist forgers, and art world scandals. Below are some of the most interesting art copycat stories I’ve found. Topics include Historic Art Forgers, Contemporary Art Forgers & Copycats, Protecting Your Artwork Copyright, and How Other Painters & Artists Deal with Copycats.
Because of my own copycat artist experience, I’m much more careful about the images I post online. Below I outline some steps I’m taking to protect my artwork copyright. You can take similar steps to protect your artwork copyright too.
You probably know it’s easy for art forgers to copy your original artwork. But did you know that artists in China can make exact reproductions of master artworks from photographs? Read about it in Can You Spot the Fake Fragonard Painting? One is a copy from China that cost $100! from NPR.
Art forgery has been around as long as artwork has been created. Here are some interesting reads on old-time and historic art forgers:
Because of my own copycat artist experience, I’m much more careful about the images I post online. An upcoming post will detail tips for protecting your artwork copyright. Here are is a quick summary.
Register your artwork with the Copyright Office in your country. I’ve registered my painting that another artist copied, along with other artwork on my website. Registering copyright in Canada involves filing a form and paying a fee to the Canadian Intellectual Copyright Office (CIPO).
Make it clear that your artwork is protected by copyright, even if you don’t register it. Add the copyright symbol © and “all rights reserved” to the back of your artwork and on artwork images that you share online.
How Other Painters & Artists Deal with Copycats