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.

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About Jackie Garner

Wildlife artist.
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