10 Articles on Protecting Your Art & Copyrights

Here are some articles to help you get started if you want to learn more about registering a copyright and protecting your art.

Legal Tips for the Starving Artist

How to Register You Copyrights Digitally

The 10 Key Points That Must Be In Every Licensing Agreement

Protecting Your Designs with Watermark Tools

Photoshop Tip: How to create a customized signature brush

Protecting Your Art: Interview with Alyson B. Stanfield

How to protect your assets in a licensing agreement

Fear of Getting Your Art Stolen? Look at the Numbers

Artist Protects Copyright Through Twitter

Art Licensing: Key Legal Terms

Free Booklets from the Copyright Office

PDF Copyright BasicsPDF Registering a Copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office
PDF Make Sure Your Application Will Be Acceptable
PDF Cartoons and Comic Strips
PDF Have a Question About Copyright Registration?
PDF Make Sure Your Application Will Be Acceptable
PDF Publications on Copyright
PDF Copyright Notice

Legal Books for Artists:

Legal Guide for the Visual Artist, Fifth Edition

Copyright Law for Artists, Photographers and Designers (Essential Guides)

The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know

Kate's Greeting Card Designer Booklets on Amazon

You can support this blog by ordering e-Booklets that are a compilation of different articles on this blog starting at only .99 cents! They can be read on your kindle, ipad, ipod, cellphone, or your computer. Free samples and lending options available.


Booklet on 20 Steps to Art Licensing that is a list of suggested steps to to take for getting into art licensing. How to license your art to companies that publish greeting cards, and manufacture coffee mugs, magnets, wall hangings, kitchen items, and dozens of other gift items. This booklet covers 20 basic steps from how to prepare your art, to what companies to contact. It includes topics on: How to find agents, classes and what trade shows to attend. There are extensive resources on social media, licensing community groups, and lists of interviews with professional designers (5,200 words).


Booklet on 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make A list of 7 things to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers.

Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, articles, card samples and other current resources. 20-page booklet and 2,300 words and 8 Pages of Card Samples.


Booklet on Unusual Ways To Market Greeting Cards, and 22 places to get your designs featured. A 20 page booklet on how to get your cards noticed in non-traditional ways. Everything from why you should send cards to your dentist, to how to get special features in national publications. Great tips for designers who are starting out and want to get their cards into the hands of people beyond friends and family. Special Section: Submissions guidelines and contacts for 22 Gift Industry publications and professional gift industry blogs that seek out new greeting card designs to feature for free. (5,000 Words and 17 greeting card images included)

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Anonymous said...

I have an idea for a card line that is universal in nature with wide application. I have monitored the market for three years and the idea has not surfaced. I want to protect the idea, and its subsequent art and verse,and market it to an existing company without giving it away,eg: Hallmark's 'contests'. I don't see that addressed in publications. Ideas/resources?

Anonymous said...

Has the artwork been created yet? Do you have a name for the card line yet? The first step I would take would be to create at least 3 or 4 dozen designs and then register all the artwork with the copyright office. Also, look into trademarking the eventual name/logo of your card line. Kate's book "Steps to Art Licensing: How to Sell Your Designs to Card and Gift Companies" has a wealth of great suggestions on how to submit your designs to card companies.

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