At some point in any visual artist’s career, they will undoubtedly consider how to protect their work from infringements. Here are some tactics that might help.
Author - Steve Schlackman
As a photographer and Patent Attorney with a background in marketing, Steve has a unique perspective on art and law. Should you have any questions on Intellectual Property contact him at [email protected] His photography can be seen online at Fotofilosophy.com or on display at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York City.
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