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Artwork Clearance Reminders & Copyright Basics For Filmmakers

What is Cleared Art?

Years ago, the right to use an art image wasn’t really regulated for film or television; now, you always need a permission to use someone’s artwork.

The first step for Cleared Art involves obtaining permission to use the artwork; the process can be lengthy and complicated. You must obtain written permission from the proper individual to use artwork in a a film, video, television or print project. Artwork is defined as Paintings, Prints, Photo-graphs, Sculpture, Postcards, Ads, Cartoons, Newspapers, Magnets, Charts, Maps, Murals, Ceramics, ‘Frig Magnets, Toys, all Copyrighted or Trade-marked Items, etc. What is a Copyright? Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. In copyright law, there are a lot of different types of works, including paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, and so much more!

Under the current law, works created on or after January 1, 1978, have a copyright term of life of the author plus seventy years after the author’s death. If the work is a joint work, the term lasts for seventy years after the last surviving author’s death. For works made for hire and anonymous or pseudonymous works, copyright protection is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter. Works created before 1978 have a different time-frame. For more on copyrights, go to:

Clearing artwork can get complicated.

But, if you know the basics, it will be easier. We've put together a set of Cheat Sheets for Artwork Clearance Basics & Guidelines to help you get started with clearing artwork

• Artwork Clearance - The Basics

• Artwork Clearance - Public Spaces, Organizations & Government Agencies,

• Artwork Clearance - Reminders

Our Cleared Art Cheat Sheets are sponsored by Art Dimensions Inc., in Los Angeles and U-Frame-It Gallery, in North Hollywood.

Art Dimensions represents fine art by established and emerging artists. Contemporary, Cleared Art Rentals include: Painting, Print, Photography, Sculpture and Drawings. Whether for a film set, or a corporate, or private space, Art Dimensions Online will work with your budget.

U-Frame-It Gallery, with two locations, one in North Hollywood and one in Tarzana, has specialized in 1 Hour custom framing for the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. They offer over 1,000 Different styles of mouldings and a good selection of ready made frames. Services include Custom Framing, Custom and Ready Made Frames, Same Day Services, Restoration, and Conservation Framing.

For Cleared Art resources in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, visit the ACME's category for CLEARED ART & CLEARED ARTWORK SERVICES ›



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