|Do you think that copyrights encourage artists
to make more artwork?
|No, not necessarily- artists usually work
to be creative and if they become a commercial success they will be much
more interested in copyrights.
|Do copyrights encourage newspapers and magazines
to include more artwork in the newspaper?
|It doesn't encourage them or discourage them,
If they use the artwork they know they have copyrights for protection.
|Is the artwork valuable to a newspaper company
as something to be copied in the future?
|Yes, the artwork can be sold in the future.
Example -Comic strips like -Popeye- Betty Boop-etc.
|Did you have to work with the newspapers Rights
and permissions department when you wrote your book?
|Yes, I asked permission from an editor that
handles copyright matters. They gave permission to use my cartoons
in the book to Syracuse U. Press, publishers. I had joint copyright
with the Times-Union on my cartoons.
|Are your political cartoons owned by the newspaper?
If they were reprinted in other places did you own any of the rights to
|That depends on any agreement the cartoonist
has with the paper. Unless he has an agreement as owner of his work
or there is joint copyright, the newspaper would have rights to anything
|Who owns the copyrights to your sculptures?
Have there been digital pictures taken of the sculptures?
|I own copyrights on my sculptures
because I have filed copyrights on 4 different sculptures.
|How do the newspapers keep
the artwork, cartoons and photographs they used for use in the future?
Does the Times-Union give their collection to historical societies or the
Library of Congress?
|I own my original artwork.
In most cases newspapers own photographs unless the photographer has an
agreement. I gave my originals to the New York State Museum for collection
|Are there any stories about
copyrights or artist rights that you would like to tell kids who might
like to be an artist?
|If they are doing a creative
story or comic strip and it has commercial value they should file a copyright.
That's easily done by applying for an application and you send in the form,
the cost is about $20.00. It is not a full copyright, but it
gives you protection when a publisher wants to publish your work.
|Do you think that with newspapers
on the internet, artist's rights have changed?
|Don't know- but I would
suggest to always file for a copyright if you have something that has shown
to have commercial appeal.
|Do you know someone in the
Rights and Permissions department who would write something about what
|No, I don't know anyone.
But there are art attorneys that you could check on in the yellow pages.