Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Florida

Q: I print art for frame shops. How can I protect myself should they send me art that is copyrighted?

I own a small business that prints artwork wholesale for individuals and businesses. We take every necessary precaution that we’ve purchased rights to most of the art that we print, but some art comes to us by email from businesses that assure us they have permission to reproduce it. What if that’s a lie? What protections should I put in place to protect the company from infringement lawsuits that come from artists whose work has been misrepresented by the folks asking us to print it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: Have them provide proof of permission.

Either a license, contract or similar.

Have them sign your terms where they become liable and protect you.

And check with professional liability, to see if you can buy protection for copyright infringement.

Consult with an attorney.

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