Guest Post-Will Terry-Registering Your Copyright – Pros and Cons
The issue of copyright and protecting our images has always been an issue with artist’s. In this modern era with the advent of the internet removing international boundaries, our work is seen everywhere and can be snagged and used by someone else at the key tap of a finger. This stretches out the net we need to cast as artist’s to protect ourselves and stretches thin our ability to realistically do so.
Is it a pointless endeavor? If we legally register copyrights on our images with the gov’t, how much good does that really do us? Is the financial investment worth it? There are many opinions out there on this subject and we would love to hear your opinions. Today Will Terry drops by and shares a video post expressing the experiences of himself, his peers and the conclusion he has come to for himself.
Please know that this isn’t meant to be the only answer to the question, but one possible answer amongst many. Consider it food for thought.
Artists often wonder if they should or shouldn’t spend the time, money, and effort to register their copyright. There are some distinct advantages to registering with the US copyright office but there are also disadvantages – some of which you might not have thought of. In the above video I give information from 96 professional illustrators. I asked them if they register their copyrights – their answers might surprise you. In the end it’s always good to educate yourself on this subject so you can make the decision for yourself. If you want more information the US Copyright Office has a great FAQ section here.
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