Use this quick-reference guide to find articles about art law and copyright that have appeared in The Artist’s Magazine.
Note: Copyright laws are subject to change. These articles reflect the laws in effect at the time they were written.
• What every artist should know about copyright
How can I get copyright protection for my artwork?
• Copyright duration
May I sell a photo of a 200-year-old etching?
• Copying artwork
May I copy other artists’ work if I don’t intend to sell it?
• Copying photos
Is there a statute of limitations on a photographer’s rights?
• Fair use defined
How does fair use apply to art copyright law?
• Photo releases
Do I need written permission from the people I paint?
• Copyright law and structures
Is architecture protected by copyright?
• Painting homes in public view
Do I need permission from the homeowner?
• Trade dress protection
How do I find out if a building’s image is protected?
• Trademarks and logos
May I paint a building with a sign or logo?
• Work-for-hire agreement
When is the copyright of a painting completely transferred?
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