However, I had some paper doll images stolen by a for profit enterprise and although we came to an equitable arrangement, I realized I had made a huge mistake by not making my terms absolutely clear. I might know a fair bit about copyright, but my readers likely don’t.
- Who has the right to profit from your paper dolls?
- Who has the right to print your work in multiple copies?
- Can people post your work in other places? Under what conditions? With credit? What form should that credit take?
- Are you waiving your copyright? Remember, once copyright is waived for an image, you can not get it back just because someone used it in a way that you do not like.
- If someone draws an outfit for your paper doll (or creates a “derivative work”), can they post it? Can they profit from it?
- Is your work licensed under something like Creative Commons? If so, that needs to be made clear on your site as well.
Once you have written your draft statement, ask a friend to read it for editing and clarity, then link it somewhere obvious. Mine is under my About tab and in my header. I know that seems like a lot, but I don’t want someone saying that they couldn’t find it.
Lastly, I should note: I am not a lawyer and nothing I have said here should be construed to constitute legal advice. I am an archivist and librarian and paper doll lover, nothing more… nothing less.
Questions? Thoughts? Have you ever had your work taken without your permission? How did you deal with it?