Online portfolios are a key part of any creative professional’s marketing arsenal. Whether you’re a graphic designer, photographer, writer or some type of artist, prospective clients want to see your goods – they want to check out what your skills you have to offer them. However, displaying your hard work on the Internet puts it out there for thieves to exploit – those people might simply grab it. Some of them have malicious intentions, as they might pass your work samples off as their own for financial gain, while others simply don’t know any better and may post your design or photo with no credit to illustrate a blog or adorn a website.
I spoke with intellectual property attorney Jed Phillips about what artists can do to protect their creations once they’re posted on the Internet.