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Copyrights Now here is something else to think of

When you sell a painting, does that mean you just sold your copyrights?
The answer is No
Unless you the artist, intentionally sell the rights, you still own them. This way you can make prints, license your designs and publish as needed.

What do you tell your customers when they buy a painting
Tell them in person, or when handing the painting over include a letter of authenticity, with a note that you retain all copyrights.

How does this apply to commissions
Before starting a project, have a discussion with your client, depending on the project and clients expectations, some will be flattered and it's not a problem for you to retain the copyrights while others may be commissioning you for a product or other specific reason where they want to control how the image is used. 

Depending on the type of commission 
Once you are hired, it is really is not so much your idea any longer, you are collaborating, so be clear with your client, and get it in writing before hand.

What if you take a workshop or online course
The composition, referance photo and all teaching materials are the intellectual property and belong to the original instructor. 


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