Copyright in the Digital Age: A Vital Tool for Artists
The modern Internet and Digital age has drastically changed the landscape of art industry. With the emergence of digital art software technology artists can create more work and can easily circulate their art regardless of their location.
Internet exposure has brought art to people all over the world, dramatically increasing the demographic and target audience. By simply designing an attractive website and by posting art in online stores, an artist can reach millions of people all from his home. An artist can serve as an inspiration for many budding artists throughout the world by posting tutorials and videos to share his knowledge.
In addition, potential clients and employers from anywhere can easily see the portfolio of an artist and contact him with only a few mouse clicks.
In the face of technological advancement, copyright law has undergone continuous evolution. “Copyright” provides exclusive rights to the authors and artists in order to encourage the production of creative works. These exclusive rights are balanced by a range of limitations and exceptions that permit some uses of copyrighted works without the need for authorization. Copyright assures authors the right to their original expression, but encourages others to build freely upon the ideas and information conveyed by a work.
In this era of Internet and digitalization, copyright is an essential tool for the survival of an artist as it protects his creation and career. An artist may be too inspired by the work of another artist that he intentionally or unintentionally take on qualities of that artist’s work and fine line between inspiration and copying is often crossed.
In many cases, the aspiring artists may then too closely copy the style of an established artist and thus offer clients similar works at a much cheaper rate.
With modernization and computer revolution, Digital Piracy and Copyright Infringement has become very easy. So education and awareness about Intellectual Property infringement is something that is very important, especially in the art industry. An artist puts a lot of time and efforts in creating an art and how can anyone simply claim it as their’s and use it for their own needs without any permission granted whatsoever. Without a Copyright, art is susceptible to infringers.
Protect your Art by filing a copyright today.