This is good information for everyone
to be aware of - here are a few things that
pertain to artwork and website.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution
and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in
a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published
and unpublished works.
When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection 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.
Who can claim copyright?
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created
in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately
becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only
the author or those deriving their rights through the author
can rightfully claim copyright. (You may buy the artwork
but you do not own the copyright.)
What is copyright infringement?
As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted
work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed,
or made into a derivative work without the permission of the
Can I copyright my website?
The original authorship appearing on a website may be protected
by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and
other forms of authorship protected by copyright. Procedures
for registering the contents of a website may be found in Circular
66, Copyright Registration for Online Works.
What does copyright protect?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original
works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and
artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer
software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts,
ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect
the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright
Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."