As if making a decent living as an artist isn’t hard enough, for the second time this year it’s been brought to my attention that an artist has had their work stolen and blatantly copied by another company. Back in February I saw this blog post about Doug Johnson’s rope baskets being copied by Target for their Threshold collection.
PROTECTING YOUR ART FROM KNOCK OFFS
Then this morning I read how artist Lisa Congdon’s art was stolen and used on Christmas ornaments by wholesaler Cody Foster.
It’s horrible to think that any company could so blatantly copy the work of an independent artist without a second thought to the hours of work and creative inspiration that went into the original. So how can artists protect themselves from copycats? I found some useful info over on artist Lori McNee’s blog. She experienced her paintings being copied back in 2010 and set out to research what artists could do to protect themselves. Lots of valuable info there.
There’s also a book I found on Amazon, that might be useful for artists, so they are aware of their legal rights both before and after their work is copied. “Legal Guide for the Visual Artist” by Tad Crawford.
And finally an article from the National Federation of Independent Business “How 4 small businesses protected their intellectual property from Chinese manufacturers and Etsy copycats”. The article has some great steps to take to prevent knock-offs of your work.