When copyright infringement is disregarded can the value of your original art work protected?
Yesterday I received this friendly and generous email from “Cindy” in China. Something just tells me that is not her given name.
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We are one of the leading OIL PAINTING REPRODUCTION wholesaler from China.We can offer you competitive price for oil painting reproduction based on fine quality.
Our oil painting reproduction on canvas includes Abstract oil paintings, Impressionism, Still life, Landscape, Animal, Mediterranean Sea, Flower etc.
Price is starting from US$3.00/Pic for decoration style with size 8″x12″. You are welcome to offer us picture&size&quantity you required.(Starting from quantity 1 )We will quot. you as per your requirement.
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Thank you for any of your kind response.
Fine Art Gallery Shop
Before you have an experience of mild disgust, let’s learn from this.
Here’s the thing. The concept of intellectual property simply does not hold the same weight in China.
If an idea can offer up value to the common good then they see no reason that it should not be shared. So it’s not really stealing.
The problem with this mentality is that the profit incentive to innovate is quickly eroded.
But this is an economic force that us creative types have been, and will, continue to bump up against.
So clearly we creatives must bring more to the table than just a product called art.
The value proposition of a painting, a piece of jewelry, or a sculpture must contain deeper layers of value so that it cannot be easily copied.
Here are some things to consider.
- What is the story of your creations and how do you convey it?
- What is your personal relationship with collectors and how do you cultivate it?
- What elements of added value do you offer besides the finished works of art?
- Will you create bespoke works for collectors?
- What elements of creative value do you offer that cannot be copied?