We live in a very strange world now, where anyone can just slap a copyright claim on any YouTube video, no questions asked. If someone likes a picture someone drew, they can take it, and claim it as there’s. It’s sad, and a reality that I’ve had to come to grips with as a creator, but in the age of the internet, it’s up to the creator to protect themselves. With art and music, it’s pretty easy to distinguish copyright: If you’ve created the piece of art, or wrote and arranged the song, it’s yours. With covers, if you’ve arranged a version of the song, you can post it and sell it, but it still belongs to the original creator of the track. Using pre-existing backtracks, the backtrack belongs to whoever made it, your vocals belong to you, and you can’t make any profit off of the work. Art is even simpler: You draw it, you own it. Sculptures: You mold it, it’s yours. But what about when it comes to jewelry making?
I saw on one of my jewelry groups, someone talking about copyright. They said they asked an artist if they could replicate a weave, the artist said no. They then went to the group and started to go “Shame on you, you’re all using the weave and they said no!” to the group, because they had seen the weave being used. But like, seriously? I think when it comes to weaves, you can’t really claim a copyright on one. If you created it sure, but wire weaving is hundreds of years old: In my opinion, at least, you can’t copyright a weave, or technique. The end result which is the design,, sure, but not the actual weave. The person was accusing people of stealing the persons work, but I’m sure all it was, was people using the weave they saw in their own way for a design, and the person not knowing the difference.
In this sense, I feel like copyright with jewelry making, and jewelry designs, goes along the same lines as with music. There are so many tutorials of people sharing their designs, that have terms at the end of them about whether or not you can use them, or sell them, and then there are just plain old techniques, then no, I don’t think there’s any such thing as copyright. Imagine if everyone ran around saying “Viking knit is mine!” How crazy that would be? It’s a technique that is widely known, and how you use it is when copyright comes in.
What about you: how do you feel about copyright on the internet? What do you do to protect your works when you post them? Would love to read in the comments!