Prevent Theft of Your Original Artwork as an Artist or for Art Collaboration

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Prevent Theft of Your Original Artwork as an Artist or for Art Collaboration

Theft of art and artistic ideas is a frightening and all-too-prevalent occurrence. Artists need to display their works for marketing purposes. However,  this leaves them open to copying and outright theft. There have even been Twitter threads created over people stealing — and reselling — stolen works as their own.

Don’t let fear of theft stop you from art collaboration or getting your solo work noticed. Protect your art with these simple tips.

Protecting Your Individual Artwork

There are many ways for artists who produce two- or three-dimensional works to protect them. One of them is to watermark any images posted online. And yet, watermarks can interfere with the quality of the images and you’re probably posting online to attract investors or customers. Instead of the customary logo or signature overlay, aim something unique. Try creating a scene featuring your piece, or allowing some of your tools and materials to creep into the photo. That way, no one can reproduce the image without also showing those unique and personal items.

Regardless, the most important thing you can do to protect your work is to copyright it. Performance artists, musicians, (and all artists, actually) should always copyright their original ideas to protect them from theft. This includes song lyrics, music, choreography, and any original artistic concept.

Protection for Art Collaboration, Too

Art collaboration is a great way to inject your artistic style. Gain fresh ideas and work with other artists to create something new and different. But it can open you up to idea theft if you don’t take precautions. When joining an art collab endeavor, make sure there’s a defined contract that all participating artists agree to at the start of the project.

This agreement will help govern the division of funds, use of the project, and copyright ownership upfront. Also, it will protect against artistic disputes down the line. In addition, don’t enter into a collaboration agreement without discussing why you want to collaborate. Consider the following on how you propose to create and distribute the work, and what your end goals are.

Where Hathart Figures in All This

If you’re interested in art or music collab, our multifaceted site will provide a kind of career- and creativity-nurturing space. You certainly need it to get in touch with the kind of artists you want to work with.

The online space at Hathart will allow you to connect and forge new alliances and showcase your work. Get inspiration for future endeavors as well, all in one safe, convenient spot.

Hathart is a social networking platform where performing and visual artists meet. And, our multifaceted site will provide the resources you need to find the right collaborators for your next artistic endeavor.

We provide a jobs database and a place to upload portfolios and receive feedback. An excellent way to find other artists, too, with whom you can collaborate. If you want to connect get your work noticed, please register for free at



"Hello All! My name is Catherine Watts and I am the founder of Hathart. For 10 years I was trained as an opera singer. One of the biggest problems I found was that I could not find steady gigs or network with larger groups. Although Facebook and my personal contacts in the arts industry helped me, I found that I needed something more centralized and specialized. That's when I decided to create Hathart. I wanted to build a platform where artists could collaborate with each other and find work. With your help, I hope to grow Hathart into a one-stop shop for the arts and entertainment industry. Thank you for the support and please provide any feedback you can think of!"

Catherine Watts
Catherine WattsPrevent Theft of Your Original Artwork as an Artist or for Art Collaboration