Problems in drawing – image copyright and theft

June 23, 2008 in General

One of the problems in being able to express yourself through drawing is having your work “borrowed” or “passed off” as the product of someone else.

This is an occupational hazard if you draw to make your living, but it is irritating. Actually this is theft because traditionally, full-time, commercial artists and cartoonists sell the rights to publication of their work. This business model is destroyed by free and easy copying.

The Bloghorn is going to highlight particularly bad examples of this as and when they turn up. To illustrate this intent, here is a link to an example of image theft from early in 2007. It comes from the blog of Matt Buck and concerns the work of fellow member Andy Davey. There was some interesting follow-up to the actual theft of Andy’s images and fellow PCOer Morten Morland blogged about that.

The PCO: Full-time, professional British cartoon talent

1 response to Problems in drawing – image copyright and theft

  1. If one draws from memory a real person, e.g. the prime minister Gordon Brown, and inserts some original twist to the drawing, e.g. a cartoon, can the subject of the drawing prevent it from being published or demand a fee for breach of his copyright to his own features. The same, for example, for a drawing of a famous person, e.g. Charlie Chaplin.

    Vincent Hale – retired solicitor, photographer and general muck-abouter.

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