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Copyright, Flickr and Google Images

Copyright, Flickr and Google Images

Well, my recents posts on the topic of copyright — especially related to Flickr and Google Images — seem to have opened a can of worms. I did a little more research so I could refer people to the best resources & opinions I could find. Here they are: Flickr photos and images are not(…)

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Copyright and Free, Royalty-Free Resources… again!

Copyright and Free, Royalty-Free Resources… again!

Many people — perhaps most people online today — aren’t aware of how copyright laws apply to what’s on the Internet. I know no one who deliberately breaks copyright laws.  They’re just misinformed, or misguided by how they see copyright laws ignored online. Often, people believe that anything online is okay to borrow, at least(…)

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Yahoo Groups – changing moderators

Do you need to change a Yahoo Group moderator or owner? Here are step-by-step instructions. I’ve started around 20 (or more?) Yahoo Groups, including AJmarketing, wildartdolls, and ArtistsJournals2 (AJ2, now WAJ2).  When they become too popular for me to manage, I generally turn them over to new owners and moderators. So, when people need to(…)

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The importance of leverage

Today, I was reading a blog entry by Rick Sheffren, Leverage: Maximize your income in minimum time. It reminded me of the potential leverage of past accomplishments. As artists, we don’t always pause to update our resumes (CVs).  We participate in swaps, group shows, and see our works published in zines and magazines… and all(…)

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Recommended: Annual meetings

If you want to meet other artists and talk with them about local resources and outlets for your own art, here’s one great approach:  Join art associations and clubs, and — here’s the important part — go to their annual meetings. Unlike some corporate annual meetings, art associations’ meetings can be very sociable and fun. (…)

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The Quadrants, revisited, by Robin Retallick

Let’s begin by understanding a couple of things here:1. If you’re reading this, then you may be among those looking for a “fix” to life. We see others that seem to have it all, and we can’t seem to get ourselves organized. If only we could find the secret to success. Well – read on.(…)

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Trademarks, original ideas, and copycats

Copying is a regular topic of discussion among artists. Recently, someone suggested copyright and trademarks as ways to protect clever product or workshop names that we use, and so on. I can’t give you legal advice. I’m not a lawyer. But, here are a few of my experiences and opinions: I’ve trademarked “Aisling D’Art” in(…)

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Copyright and the ‘three stroke’ rule

The “three stroke” rule suggests that you can copy anyone’s art as long as at least three brush strokes are different. This is NOT a law. In fact, even within clear copyright law, every legal case will return a different decision. My background in copyright law I’m not a lawyer, so this is opinion and(…)

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9 Ways to Communicate a Rock-Solid Identity

Aisling’s notes: Bob Baker, author of “Unleash the Artist Within” and “Branding Yourself Online” offers some very helpful advice about creating interesting and helpful websites. This is a reprint of one of his articles. I wish that I’d read some of this years ago. 9 Ways to Communicate a Rock-Solid Identity by Bob Baker Branding(…)

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Copying and coincidence in art

Many artists–especially new and/or tired ones–talk about being “copied” by others. Sometimes, it’s not clear who is doing the copying, if anyone is. And, artists–even established ones–are often influenced by the same things as others, and develop startlingly similar ideas as a result. RICE’S MILAGROS DOLLS For example, awhile ago I visited Rice’s website, voo-doo-cafe.com,(…)

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