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This is for posterity (for my children) if I ever become famous after I die
(ha) and also for my protection. I have a binder that has a record sheet
that I composed .
It lists the title, date completed, price, size unframed. Size framed.
Then I list where and when it has been exhibited, and who purchased it and
for what price.
I give each purchaser a certificate of authenticity which states that I am
the creator; they own the painting but do not have the rights to have it
reproduce it for any reason without my permission and that they do not have
the rights to use it for any commercial venture. In otherwords, I still
retain my copyright.
I believe that one must be very sober about the business of art. Plagiarism
abounds. We have gotten burned by unscrupulous dealers. However, if we have
records we can go after them in small claims court and prosecute if we have
to, just to drive them out so others don't suffer the same experience. Most
people feel that artists just 'hang loose" and our mild manner makes us easy
prey. A few scars and we wizen up.
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