Dear Business Diary,
Today, I am truly at a loss. I received an email from a fellow Etsian a couple of weeks back-apparently she was concerned that I may have copyright issues due to the nature of my work. I didn't really see it being her concern but never the less "her concern" did encourage me to be a little more knowledgable about my work.
My journals are covered with a variety of scrapbooking papers to keep them unique and exciting. I have a huge paper selection (I just looooveee paper!)
This is the definition of a copyright from West's Encyclopedia:
"The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work."
This is the definition of copyright infringment from the Tech Law Journal.
However, in regards to using scrapbooking papers-many companies offer what is called an Angel Policy which allows an artist to use the company's products on a handmade item. The companies I use have such a policy.
What I learned from this experience:
1. Be sure to do your research and know your business.
2. Make sure you know your business laws in regards to your type of industry.
3. Always have a disclaimer. On my website, I now mention that I use a variety of scrapbooking paper and that I do not claim any designs unless they are my own.
If you are looking to copyright your work check out this site: http://www.copyright.gov/ (very helpful)
Hope this helps!
Enjoy your day,