> I had an agent from a gallery in Wisconsin pay me half of the agreed price > for an original after it was in his possession. Without my permission he > printed an edition of 5,000 prints. I couldn't afford to go after him at > that time, but what was redeeming was that the prints would not bring in > the money he was after because I didn't pencil sign them and number the > edition. The original was signed. > > Another company owes me big money for about 22 shirt designs I've done for > them that have sold in America the nation over. (we're talking about > $125,000 loss between the two!) If I'm ever able to afford to recover > money from that deal, it will be because of my signature on my work. You > must sign your name, draw a small copyright c with a circle around it, and > date at least the year, such as '99 to be recognized as officially > copyright. To get full protection from the feds however, you must
register > the image.
Thank you for adding to the conversation. You have made an excellent point,
something I haven't thought
about since I haven't run into such unscrupulous people (because my work
doesn't bring in that kind of $$!!).