Copyright Art And Social Media

Copyright Art And Social Media

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Why use social media?

Using social media can provide advantages for artists. These advantages include promotion of work and announcing any achievements. There can be disadvantages too. As an artist you need to be aware of what you are agreeing to when you open a social media account. Most likely the agreement will include a royalty-free, non-exclusive license, to use your photographs. Of course, there are so many images on the web, the social media platform you use may never actually reproduce your work.

This all means that you, the artist, surrender the copyright art to that social media platform.

Do the sums

It is entirely a personal decision to pass your art copyrights to social media. You simply need to decide whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

There are a lot of users of social media that firmly believe if a photo is posted on social media it is automatically in the public domain. They then feel it is their right to copy the image of your art and use it in whatever manner they choose.

I recommend that you watermark photographs with the words "copyright art". This can easily be done these day's in almost all photo editing software. Set the opacity of the words to a level that does not spoil the image but still makes it clear enough to read. I suggest 25% opacity as a starting point.

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