How can I copyright my art for free?
Register Your Work
- Go to the Library of Congress website and click on the electronic Copyright Office (eCO). Fill out the registration form and pay the required fee.
- Once the registrar’s office examines your application, they will send you an official certificate of registration.
Do I need to copyright my artwork?
Like anything else that can be copyrighted, artwork is protected by copyright when the art is affixed in a tangible form (such as a painting, sculpture, or drawing). You have to register your copyright with the US Copyright Office if you want to be able to take infringers to court and be awarded damages.
Does it cost money to copyright an image?
Do-It-Yourself Copyright Registration Create an online account at www.copyright.gov (no charge for that). Log in and start a new “claim” (a new copyright application). Fill in the online form (between about 8 and 12 screens of information). Pay the government filing fee of $35 or $ 55 with your credit card.
Can I copyright my drawings?
Registration Process It is possible to register a copyright on a drawing, sketch or other creative work online using the U.S. Copyright Office’s electronic filing system, called eCO. For visual works such as drawings, copies of the work must be submitted with the application. A basic online copyright filing costs $35.
How can I protect my art from being stolen?
8 Ways to Protect Your Artwork Images from Being Copied Online
- Start with low resolution images.
- Keep your images small.
- Use portions of images.
- Add a copyright notice.
- Use a watermark.
- Make it easy for people to contact you.
- Take action when you find a violation.
- Disable the right-click function.
Do you copyright or trademark a logo?
Names, logos, and slogans are common trademarks. A copyright, on the other hand, protects a work of authorship, including books, paintings, and even computer code. To ensure intellectual property is protected, work with your attorney to obtain a federal registration.
What do you do when someone copies your artwork?
If you’ve decided you want to move forward with legal action, the next step is to talk to an attorney about sending your offenders an official cease and desist letter to stop their use of your artwork and about getting reimbursed for the profit and potentially the damages you are owed.