This was not my first time with having to think about placing my art on the internet.
Google finds images they like for images.google.com and I was very surprised to find
a few years back all of my pictures from my website posted at http://images.google.com/.
I was alarmed by this too at first. I quickly came to feel it was all right and even could be good advertising because Google posts a note that all images were subject to copyright. But this lead me to place a copyright notice of my own at the bottom of all my pictures.
That was a few years ago and again, still not happy with having my pictures out there,
shall we say, without mommy to care for them, for the last two weeks I have spent time
typing a copyright notice inside each picture. In one it’s in a tree, a lighter shade of green in another it’s in the lake a darker shade of blue and placed so I know where they are.
There are other ways to add a copyright notice to your artwork. There is upload a lesser resolution of you pictures, watermarking your paintings, or submit your artwork for an actual copyright (cost money) are just a few ways to do this.
Copyright is a very important issue and one we must continue to think about.
That’s Copyright in a Nut Shell!
by JD Holiday
J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of the children's picture books- JANOOSE THE GOOSE, its sequel- Janoose And the Fall Feather Fair, and THE SPY GAME, the chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE and an eclectic collections of short stories for adults in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot.