Since January 1, 1978, copyrighted works have been protected under a uniform
set of federal laws. These sometimes complex federal laws have been created to
achieve a rather simple result: to provide the visual artist with a tool with
which to protect his expressions against infringement or unauthorized use by
others. The purpose of this article is to give the visual artist a working knowledge
of the copyright laws such that he can identify unauthorized use, and once having
done so, take action to enforce his copyright.
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