information on © copyright & moral rights
All images and graphics contained on this website are copyright of Demetrios Vakras and are not for reproduction without the written permission of the artist.
Images on my links page are copyright of the individual artist or arts organisation there depicted.
Copyright of music & sound FX
Although music & sound FX are royalty free all rights remain with the author, ie. they can be used but not resold. (Refer to the section about site for more information.)
This following section is a brief explanation on copyright & moral rights with attendant links to public bodies, like NAVA (National Association of the Visual Arts, of which I am a member) who represent artist's rights.
The intended purpose of this page is to explain why copyright should be observed on the basis of ethics as well as law.
It is not for free that I produce the works. I have to pay for them. This cost is in the materials (canvas,paints,stretchers) as well as the income forfeited in not working full-time. It is an unreasonable expectation that somehow it is all for free. That this expectation exists is clearly evidenced in the success of Napster.
Put simply: unless an artist's right to his/her own work is observed then you cannot claim to support the artist or their work at all & are indeed antithetic to the artist and their work altogether.
"The owner of the artwork, if not the copyright holder, may not give this permission." quoted from:
What does this mean?
Well, you can't buy a painting and cut it down to size & fit it into a frame that you like ... you can't cut a painting into little pieces so that you can sell it in bits when the artist becomes famous ... And, for me it means, that in the future, I can pursue legal action against idiots who have destroyed my works upon buying them!
Case in point:
The above painting was purchased by a collector approximately 18+ months after it was painted. By this time oil paints have pretty much hardened. Mr. ** proceeded to take the canvas off its stretcher, mounting it (gluing it) onto a backing board. Not that bad you might say? Well, paintings are STRETCHED over a stretcher. The canvas is taut so that it does not sag & thus not touch the inner edge of the stretcher. (If Mr. ** wanted a mounted poster I do not know why he did not go out & buy one!)
Effectively by being removed from its stretcher the painting has shrunk in its dimensions by around 7mm (one quarter inch+) in height & width. This means that the painting will eventually begin to crack ... badly. Essentially the painting is now fu..#*ø..d.
The painting was created as canvas stretched over a stretcher & should not have been altered. The introduction of moral rights now entails that the work of artists is protected.
For more information regarding moral rights, refer:
The links regarding copyright etc. are hardly exhaustive. Here are a few:
There are many more bodies which canvas the same issues.
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