Far from Fauvists: The Availability of Copyright Protection For Animal Art and Concomitant Issues of Ownership
Journal of Animal Law, Vol. 43, 2011
48 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 29, 2011
Artwork created by animals is an important topic for discussion because of its popularity and value. This paper provides background information on several animal artists and describes the creative processes that each uses to create artworks. The article then discusses the legal requirements for copyright protection in the United States and explains why certain animal artworks satisfy these requirements and should be protected by copyright. Finally, the piece addresses the question of ownership of these copyrights and examines the various forms of copyright ownership, particularly works made for hire.
Keywords: copyright, animal art, artworks by animals, animal artworks
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