Thursday, April 23, 2009

Angel Company Policies

There has been some talk on other art bead blogs recently about copyrights. In the world of clay, an artist will sometimes use objects to texture the clay like a leaf, a feather, lace, or even rubber stamps. In regards to using rubber stamps on clay, the artist can use them free of any copyrights unless they are intending to sell the pottery piece at which time copyrights from the manufacturer of the stamp will come into play. Each manufacturer will have different copyright policies, so you better know what they are before you stamp that clay.

I found a long time ago that some companies are what is termed Angel companies. This means that they have copyright policies which DO allow the artist to sell their artwork using the image from the stamp in their art, so long as the item is not mass produced, but made by the individual hands of the artist. Most that I have found will list their policy on their website. So the next time you find a great rubber stamp image to use in your clay beads, Be safe and make sure you know that it is manufactured by an Angel company
If you don't want to be bothered by copyright infringement, make your own designs. Jennifer at Jangles this morning in her blog, mentioned that she has found a great non-profit company named Ready Stamps that will turn your drawings and doodles into rubber stamps. I think this is fantastic. I can't wait to have the time to start drawing.

Some Angel companies
All Night Media
Inque Boutique

The EXACT Angel policy may vary from company to company.Some companies may limit the quantity of projects stamped.If you have any questions please contact that particular company for the correct answer.

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