In the article “Copyright Registration Law and Your Art” , MJ Bogatin suggests the possibility that the registering of all art on the internet for copyright may not be entirely necessary. Bogatin supports this assertion by explaining in detail how according to United States Copyright Law, and quoting from the copyright.gov website, your art is considered copyright protected from “the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device”(Bogatin 2014). The purpose of this piece is to inform the public of the procedures that follow registering your art for copyright and what happens prior to infringement. This piece is geared towards potential artist who are interested in exposing their work to the digital age and are concerned about the possibility of infringement.
I found this article to be very informative as it introduced a whole new legal side to how technology has influenced art and its movement to the digital age. Your art may be automatically copyrighted, however not taking further action in formally registering it with the United States Copyright Office could be a major mistake.While it is certain that under the United States Copyright Law your art is protected to some degree. Bogatin explained that the artwork at least risk for infringement would especially those who produce more abstract or conceptual works, art with substantial cognitive components, art that’s difficult and nonproductive from monetary standpoints to copy or reproduce, and art with limited commercial appeal (Bogatin 2014). However, there are certain pieces that require a bit more attention. The artists who should be most concerned are those whose images have somewhat of a mass or commercial appeal and and are easy and conducive to being copied. Another indication that copyrighting your art would be a good idea is if you’ve developed a particular type of look or composition or subject matter that is identified as being uniquely yours, especially if it’s becoming increasingly popular with collectors. Essentially, the sooner you recognize that a possibility exists for appropriating and capitalizing on your artworks, the better. Bogatin also took the time to walk through the specific procedures and steps that formally copyrighting requires. I appreciated this article because it did not necessarily pick sides as to whether or not having art on the internet was a negative or positive movement, but rather explained to artists how to protect their work should they decide to do so.
Bogatin, MJ. “Copyright Registration Law and Your Art Pros and Cons of Registering Your Art.” ArtBusniess.com. 12 Apr. 2014. Web. http://www.artbusiness.com/register_and_copyright_art_for_artists.html