How To Protect Your Art Online
Avoid theft and unauthorised use of your artworks online by following these simple 6 steps.
In today's digital age, the internet has revolutionized the way artists showcase their artworks. With the ability to share your work with a wider audience, comes the need to protect your creations from being used without your consent.
In this post, we've compiled some essential tips on how to protect your artwork on the internet.
Watermark your images
One of the most effective ways to protect your artwork is by watermarking it.
A watermark is a text or image that is superimposed on top of your artwork to indicate that it is your property.
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This makes it harder for others to use your work without giving you credit, as the watermark serves as a visual reminder that the artwork is protected by copyright. Additionally, using low-resolution images when sharing your artwork online reduces the chances of your work being stolen and used for commercial purposes without your permission.
Use low-resolution images
High-resolution images are more susceptible to being stolen and used without the creator's consent. This is where using low-resolution images comes in handy.
By sharing your artwork in low resolution, you can reduce the risk of someone using your work for commercial purposes without your permission.
You can easily do so by using a dedicated platform that offers resolution compression; the buyer can then receive high resolution images after the purchase.
So, next time you're sharing your artwork online, remember to resize your images and protect your hard work from being misused.
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Copyright your work
Another important step is to copyright your artwork.
Copyrighting gives you exclusive rights over your work, including the right to reproduce, distribute, and display it. This legal process allows you to take legal action against anyone who uses your work without your permission.
Use social media platforms wisely
It's also crucial to use social media platforms wisely.
While social media can be an excellent way to showcase your artwork, it's important to be mindful of the platform's terms and conditions. You should ensure that you're not giving away your rights to your work and disable the right-click option on your artwork, making it harder for others to download your images.
Keep track of your artwork
Keeping track of your artwork is another crucial aspect of protecting it. You should maintain a record of all your work, including the date it was created and where it has been displayed. This will help you prove ownership if someone tries to use your work without your consent.
Consider using digital fingerprinting
Finally, consider using digital fingerprinting to embed a unique identifier in your artwork. This identifier is invisible to the naked eye but can be detected by software. If your artwork is used without your permission, you can use this identifier to prove ownership and take legal action.
In conclusion, protecting your artwork on the internet requires a combination of strategies, including watermarking, using low-resolution images, copyrighting, being mindful of social media platforms, keeping track of your artwork, and using digital fingerprinting.
Don't let fear hold you back from sharing your creativity with the world. Take these steps to protect your artwork and continue sharing your talent with the world.
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