How not to get ripped off…

I’ve just posted a reply to Citybird about how to prove the date you created a work of art (see previous post).  Another way to prove ownership is to create a paper trail.  Has your work been published (exhibition brochure, greetings card, print, in a magazine)?  Include the details in your database/card index for that image.   Keep the magazine or catalogue.  Keep the paperwork relating to a card or print.  Build up a history of that image and it will be much easier to prove ownership should a dispute arise.  Also keep preliminary sketches, commission information or anything that proves how you came to create that work.  It’s your art, don’t let anyone else take advantage of it.

About Jackie Garner

Wildlife artist.
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