Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sold Original Painting: Who Gets Copyright?
assigning copyright to the buyer or establishing a work for hire agreeement, the artist retains copyright ownership of the image. That is the "default" arrangement when an artist sells a work. The artist retains exclusive rights to reproduce, license or make derivatives of the work while the buyer obtains only property rights to the physical painting. To avoid any issues over this, some artists and photographers include a statement in their invoice to the effect that the artist retains all copyright in the imagery.