Copyright Policy

Copyright and Your MayinArt Submission

Here at MayinArt we respect the rights of all artists and creative people worldwide and we expect our members (including our partners, galleries, buyers) to also demonstrate that respect and assist us in creating a beneficial and positive atmosphere for all MayinArt visitors and members.

To put it in simple words, Just about anything that is on this site, on the web, on TV, in books & in magazines is probably copyrighted by someone.

How do I get Copyright?

Under most national laws and international copyright treaties you receive a copyright automatically in any original work as you make it. Copyright does not protect ideas rather it protects the expression of ideas or the ways in which an idea is materially placed or expressed in the work.

What is Copyright Infringement?

Copyright infringement occurs when you do certain things with a creative work which someone else produced (Copyright of someone else) without first getting the proper permission.

Some examples of copyright infringement (this is only a partial listing) can include:

  • Placing someone else's photograph or creative work online without proper permission.
  • Using a creative work commercially without permission.
  • Adapting someone else's creative work found in one medium to another medium, such as making a book into a movie or a photograph into a painting.
  • Modifying or editing a creative work without proper permission.

How Can I Avoid Infringing on Someone's Copyright?

The best way to avoid infringing on the rights of another creative person is to use your skill, talent and imagination to create your own completely original work. When we use the word 'original' we don't mean that you must come up with an idea which hasn't been used before - recall that copyright does not protect ideas. When used in reference to copyright "original" means that you created your work without referencing or deliberately copying anyone else's work during the process.

Ensure that all parts of your work are your own original creations. If you have used or copied work which are owned by other people and not taken appropriate permissions, then you could be infringing someone’s copyright.

What Sort of Things are Copyrighted?

The easy answer to this question is that just about any creative work that is not created by you should be considered copyrighted by default.

A work is not required to have a copyright statement printed on it or near it in order to be considered copyrighted so do not assume that the work is unprotected simply because you cannot see a notice written anywhere.

Also do not confuse the fact that a work is publicly available with the idea that it is in the public domain or free for use. Being easy to find on the internet does not affect a work's copyrighted status.

What Happens When You Submit Infringing Works to MayinArt?

When through the proper notice we become aware that a submission to MayinArt infringes upon the copyrights of another artist, we will immediately remove it. This is a legal requirement which we fulfill immediately.

If you believe that an artwork on MayinArt infringes on your copyright, you may report the specific artwork by sending a mail to [email protected] A member of staff will review your notice and act accordingly.

If you are found to submit a Copyright infringing artwork more than two times, your account will be banned and deactivated.

The copyright owner may also decide to sue you directly if you infringe his or her copyright on MayinArt or any other forum

If you take my work down am I protected from a lawsuit?

No. Even if MayinArt takes an infringing work down, you may still be responsible for very significant damages if the copyright owner decides to sue you.