In order to protect your arts and crafts online, you will first need to capture your real world designs in some sort of digital file. In general, most artisans can simply take a digital picture of their work. Once you have your digital file prepared, you can acquire instant international copyright protection in about 5 minutes using the SEAL™ file services provided here at WorldWideOCR.com.
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|What is a Copyright?
"Copyright" literally means the right to copy. Copyright is an internationally accepted form of intellectual property law. The instant you create your first piece, whether you are throwing pots, carving wood or painting original designs on furniture or plates, you are a copyright holder. The shapes, forms and compositions that visual art can assume are almost limitless and cannot possibly be summarized in a single web page.
According to the US Library of Congress, in general, sculptures, crafts or ceramics fall into the "Visual Arts Category". This is not always the case though. Different art forms, and therefore, different types of copyright classifications, can often be merged. For example, to manufacture a singing ceramic doll, you would need to either license or already own the design copyright (for the doll) and the song's copyright.
Visual arts are original pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, which include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art. Below is an excerpt from the US Library of Congress which is a partial list of this category of copyrights.
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The US Library of Congress defines "Visual Arts" as follows:
For copyright purposes, visual arts are original pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, which include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art.
*Examples pertinent to sculptures, crafts and pottery:|
»Artificial flowers and plants
»Artwork applied to clothing or to other useful articles
»Drawings, paintings, murals
»Fabric, floor, and wallcovering designs
»Greeting cards, postcards, stationery
»Needlework and craft kits
»Original prints, such as engravings, etchings, serigraphs, silk screen prints, woodblock prints
»Patterns for sewing, knitting, crochet, needlework
»Sculpture, such as carvings, ceramics, figurines, maquettes, molds, relief sculptures
»Stained glass designs
»Weaving designs, lace designs, tapestries
Why do I need to protect or register my Visual Arts' copyrights?
You may be required to provide evidence of when you first created your artwork or images... While all original works have copyrights the instant they are created, in this Internet age, we highly recommend that third-party date-stamping becomes the second thing that you do. The sooner, the better... Read more
No matter what, your SEAL™ file will always credibly represent the earliest moment in history that your work was in your possession...