No More Stolen Art!
By Abby M
I recently got a question from a fellow artist and Connections Academy student, Edith D, asking how to deal with people stealing art online. This seems to be the concern of many artists, as they work hard on their art and do not want it stolen. I compiled a list of a few ways to prevent this.
• Use a watermark! A watermark is faint lettering that goes over a picture to avoid people claiming it as their own. I suggest using your name or username as shown in the photo below so that there is no confusion. This also prevents people from printing and selling your work. You can add one in most photo editing software by adding text and then making it somewhat opaque.
• Make it adamant that your work is copyrighted. Because you tangibly expressed your work of art, it is copyrighted by you. If you would like more protection, you should send for official copyright, but it really isn’t necessary. If people know that your work is not free for the taking, they will be less likely to take it. I like to put a small copyright notice on the art itself.
• Make your art low resolution–72dpi is the highest most recommend. When people try to print or sell them, they will not be high enough resolution.
• Make it easy for people to contact you. Let them know that they can buy the image at some website, or can contact you through email. You can put this directly on your photo.
Hopefully, through these tips, you won’t be subject to stolen art!