• What if another artist's work is a copy or extremely similar to one of mine?-

  • Display paintings made from a photographer's image-

  • My artwork is copyrighted but how can I prevent the images from being stolen from my website?-

  • How do I protect my images from copyright infringement?-

  • Can I install a right-click disabler to prevent image downloads?-

    Q: What if another artist's work is a copy or extremely similar to one of mine?
    What if another artist's work is a copy of mine?

    A: If another artist appears to have created a very similar work to one of yours (or worse, is using your images or making exact copies), that can be frustrating. As to whether or not that violates a copyright is not something FASO can legally decide.

    One option, that sometimes works is for the artist who feels their artwork has been copied, to directly contact the other artist. These things are often honest misunderstandings or ignorance of what is acceptable, and the artist who's work is similar often will respect the orignal artist's wishes and remove the similar content if asked directly.

    Regarding FASO removing the content: we can only legally remove content if it is a valid violation of the DMCA. If an artist wishes to file a DMCA Takedown request with us we have the information and procedures that must be followed by law here: http://faso.com/dmca

    If we receive a valid take down request and remove the alleged infringing content, the artist who's content has been removed has the right under the DMCA to file a counter-notice and have the content re-instated (if they feel it was removed by mistake or misidendification).

    In that case, where FASO has received a valid takedown request and a valid counter-notice FASO has, at that point, done all we can legally do and further disputes would have to be settled directly between the two parties without FASO involvement.

    Last Updated: 4/15/2014 1:00:03 PM

    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=275

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    Q: Display paintings made from a photographer's image
    I paint from photographs taken by photographers. Can I show these paintings on a FASO website and/or enter them in the BoldBrush contest?

    A: The artwork you show on your FASO website and entries you add to the BoldBrush Art Competition, must be your own original artwork. OR you must have the legal right to use and sell the work.

    Rules for our BoldBrush Art Competition are here:

    NOTE both rules #17 and #18:

    17. Your painting must be your own original concept and not a copy of anyone else's copyrighted material
    (if your image infringes upon another's copyright it will be disqualified).

    18. You may only submit your own artworks that you, personally painted.
    (We reserve the right to demand proof that is your original artwork created solely by you....if it's not then your entry will be disqualified....and other bad stuff will happen [ominous music here].)


    Copyright infringement is a serious offense.

    If you have purchased the copyrights to photographs, giving you explicit permission to use them for your own original paintings that you also own the copyrights to, then it is acceptable to show your work on a FASO site as well as enter it in our BoldBrush contest.


    Also see our FAQ:
    'What if another artist's work is a copy or extremely similar to one of mine?'

    Last Updated: 10/16/2014 3:46:16 PM

    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=363

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    Q: My artwork is copyrighted but how can I prevent the images from being stolen from my website?
    My artwork is copyrighted but how can I prevent the images from being stolen from my website?

    A: Websites, unlike private corporate or government networks, are designed to be accessible to the public.

    What that means, in practice, is that there really is nothing that can keep an image from being downloaded from a website. There are measures such as right-click alarms that may deter users but they are easily bypassed. Sites that promise to "protect" images are making false promises. And, in fact, you usually don't want to block anyone from downloading your images, because, as Seth Godin says, "ideas that spread, win". So you want your images to spread in a way that reflects positively on you and sends people back to your site. In other words, you want proper ATTRIBUTION on your images.

    Here's an example of a company that will crawl your site and take your images (and even show ads next to them!), and yet, nearly every artist I speak with WANTS this company to take their images: Google.

    Google grabs your images for inclusion in Google Image Search. You probably don't want to try and stop that source of attribution and traffic.

    There is one way that always works to protect your images. That is watermarking. By watermarking your images, you can ensure that no matter who ends up seeing one which could be on Facebook, Email, Pinterest, Google or a myriad of places, that your name and website address are on the image in a tasteful way.

    FASO includes a way for you to automatically add tasteful watermarks and attribution lines to your images.

    If you let fear of having images stolen grip you then you are defeating the whole purpose of having a website. There are hundreds of thousands of artists and photographers who have websites with their prized images displayed who are gaining exposure and selling work because they were willing to take a chance with the Internet.

    In 1978 copyright laws changed greatly in favor of the artist.

    If you are further concerned with legal ramifications you may wish to consult the U.S. Copyright Office:
    http://www.copyright.gov/ or http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf

    For our FAQ 'How to add watermarks,' go to:

    Last Updated: 3/29/2016 5:37:47 PM

    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=52

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    Q: How do I protect my images from copyright infringement?
    How do I protect my images from copyright infringement?

    A: Unfortunately the way the Internet works makes it impossible to prevent people from downloading images. In fact, when someone views an image on your website, their web browser has ALREADY downloaded the image. In short an image must be downloaded to be viewed.

    So what options do we have to protect our images?

    One option is to watermark the image, which must be done in a photo editing program. The term "watermark" is used loosely. You might simply add some subtle text over each image that reads "Copyright ." At least this lets people know that the images are copyrighted. However it has the drawback of detracting from your actual work, and it won't do anything to stop true thieves. For example, if another artist simply wants to copy your work by repainting it, having a watermark isn't going to help.

    The second option is to understand that web images do not have enough resolution to create high quality reproductions. People might download and print images, but most of the time these are people who might actually be considering purchasing the artwork.

    Our system uses a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi) with the largest zoom image at 550 pixels. A high-quality reproduction requires at least 300 dpi. So an image from your site could create a decent printed image that is about 1.8 (550 / 300) inches long. Not much can really be done with an image of this size. The image print quality suffers greatly if the dpi is left at the original 72 dpi.

    Last Updated: 1/8/2015 4:39:16 PM

    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=93

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    Q: Can I install a right-click disabler to prevent image downloads?
    Can I install a right-click disabler to prevent image downloads?

    A: Copyright infringement is a concern for many, if not most, artists who show their work online. Unfortunately, those right-click disabler programs DO NOT protect your images. What we recommend instead is that you use our Watermark feature.

    For our FAQ on 'How to add watermarks' go to:

    Why are right-click disablers not the best solution? We'll count the ways:

    (If you're not into details, skip to the 'bottom line' below.)

    1) Right-click disablers don't work on all browsers, plus right-clicking is not the only way to download an image. In fact, when viewing an image, it's already downloaded onto your hard drive! (If you use Internet Explorer, it is in your 'Temporary Internet Files' folder.)

    2) Some web designers install these disablers for clients who then have a false sense of security, thinking their images are protected.

    3) They make it harder for your clients to legitimately download an image while considering a possible purchase, while doing nothing to curb the real thieves.

    4) They're are annoying to many people, some of whom may be your potential collectors.

    [ For example, when many people browse and want to go 'back,' they right-click and click the back key or 'back from the pop-up menu. It's easier than navigating around the screen to click back. It's faster, more efficient and it doesn't aggravate carpal tunnel as much. ]

    Bottom line: We don't recommend right-click disablers. Again, FASO does offer a built-in watermarking solution as a way to protect your images.'

    For comments in a forum on this, see this page:

    Last Updated: 4/24/2015 1:12:49 PM

    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=94

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