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The use of any image from this site is prohibited, unless prior written permission from the artist is obtained.
Artist Copyright - All works of art within this web site are protected under copyright laws and international conventions. No portion of the artists works or statements may be used, downloaded, reproduced, using any means, copied, linked to, or transferred electronically, without prior written permission from the artist.
Artistic works made since 1 August 1989 are given uprated protection by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
Copyright belongs to the 'artist'. Copyright arises automatically in UK Law and requires no registration or other formality. All 'artistic works' are protected against unauthorised reproduction, publication and commercial dealing.
Length of Protection. Works made after 1989 are protected for the artist's lifetime plus 50 years after death. The 'artist' has the exclusive right to prevent or to authorise reproduction, publication and commercial dealing.
Infringement of Copyright. Action can be taken in both the civil or criminal courts. Criminal remedies include an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison. In addition the court may order payment of compensation plus payment of legal costs.
Note: 'Artistic works' can include, amongst other things, graphic design, illustration, photography, animation, writing, digital artwork, photocopies and proofs.