Some people believe that changing original artwork a little will avoid copyright issues. There is no magic number in terms of modifying artwork created by someone else. The most important rule about copyright is that anytime you copy artwork, you risk copyright infringements.

Is my artwork copyrightable?

Original artwork, even without artistic merit, is copyrightable. You must be the creator of the work. And your work must show some amount of creativity. For artwork to be copyrightable, it must be fixed in a tangible object such as a digital medium, paper, or canvas. An idea for artwork is not copyrightable.

What is the 30 percent rule of copyright infringement?

The 30 percent rule is false. If you change artwork by 30 percent, you are still copying someone’s original work. Copyright law is to protect the creator of artwork, such as written content or other creative work. You can’t claim the work of others as your own, even if you somewhat modify it.

Do I need to copyright my artwork?

You need to copyright your artwork because it is a great way to protect your intellectual property rights.

How to get copyright on artwork?

Copyright protects your artwork. Registering your artwork protects your work of original authorship. You can register your artwork with the U.S. Copyright Office.

How much does it cost to copyright artwork?

The minimum cost for copyrighting artwork is the filing fee. Below are the fees for copyright registration:

  • Electronic copyright registration:
    • Single author – $45
    • All other filings – $65
  • Paper filing – $125

Check the U.S. Copyright Office for the most up-to-date copyright filing fees.

How to copyright digital artwork?

The same laws apply to traditional and digital artwork. Therefore, to protect digital artwork, you should register it with the U.S. Copyright Office.

The contents of this blog are for informational purposes only and may not be relied on as legal advice.