As an artist, you love creating work and sharing it online. The problem is that it’s too easy for others to steal your work. Even if you use a watermark on the image, people with programs like Photoshop can remove that watermark and use your imagery as their own.
As a business professional, you need to know how to protect your intellectual property. Intellectual property includes your copyrights, like those for artwork or published books, so you shouldn’t have to worry about others taking what you’ve worked so hard for without paying or asking permission.
How can you protect your artwork online?
There are a few good ways to protect your artwork online. Here are three tips for keeping your art safer when sharing it on the web:
Always sign your work
Yes, someone could simply crop your work to remove your name, but it’s more difficult to preserve a piece in its entirety without keeping the artist’s name on it as well. Sign your artwork to show ownership.
Register your work
It’s also a good idea to register your work. You can officially register any piece of work with the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress. Keep in mind that your work is covered by a copyright the moment it is created, but having your piece registered can further protect it.
Use a watermark
Finally, use a watermark. Even though some people may attempt to remove it, a good watermark will be hard to remove completely and may prevent your work from being stolen.
By playing it safe when you share your work online, you can keep it safer. If someone steals your work, you can fight to hold them liable.