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Sheila Smart

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  1. I don't have much work on these fine art sites and I don't spend a lot of time with them but I have made some good sales on FAA including a 24x36 on plexi, which had a nice profit. I’ve been with Red Bubble since 2009 and never had a sale or inquirery. I have sold some small prints and postcards on “Art Flakes” out of Germany but no big profits yet. The best site "I think" for fine art is Saatchi out of the UK. I haven't sold anything thru them yet but they have promoted my work. Another important note about fine art sites online is key wording is much more lenient!  There is no rank or ctr to hold you back and while some have unlimited space some only allow 12 keywords. As always make the best use of keywords with the fine art sites it is the best way to get your work seen and sold.


    I have had work on Saatchi for a few years and always thought that it was a UK based site but when I recently sold an image via Saatchi I was asked for my US tax ITIN which I do not have.  I was advised that the sale was in the US and that I would have to pay a percentage to the US Tax Office.  As an Australian resident, I do not think I should support Uncle Sam (no representation, no taxation!) and I asked them why Fine Art America has been selling my work in the US for many years and I have never had to pay US tax.  They could not explain why.  They did state that I could avoid paying US tax if I sold my work as limited edition prints but I would have to arrange the printing and delivery of them which was pointless as I place my work on print on demand sites so I would not have the bother of printing and delivering!  The sale eventually fell through as the original image could not be printed at the size the customer wanted.  

  2. You don't necessarily need a Brisbane based lawyer as copyright is a Federal matter and as long as they have a practising certificate, any lawyer in any State will do.  I highly recommend Peter Knight of Banki Haddock and Fiora in Sydney and he can be found on http://www.bhf.com.au/ 


    Tell him I sent you.  He is currently advising me on a breach of contract matter and has obtained a nice settlement in the past.  He will work on a contingency basis. 



  3. I've got a case just now being handled by http://www.ipprotection.net/


    I've dealt with cases myself in the past but it takes a lot of time and stress so I decided to give them a try. I collected all the info like screenshots and addresses and handed them over for them to deal with. They sent me a copy of the draft letter they were going to send to make sure I was happy with it before sending it out.


    As soon as there is a sniff of litigation or the infringer puts up any sort of fight, IPP will drop you without a thought.  They are not a law firm and so will not pursue the matter.  In my opinion, they are a waste of space!

  4. Congrats to all of you making sales with FAA! That's good to know something is happening here :) This year I joined FAA and still waiting for the first sale with about 200 files. Site is very friendly and I love option to set my own price. How does it look in A.flakes? Who decides about commission?


    Sheila, when I click on this small image under big one it gets me to site with: "The page you have requested can not be found." and link to FAA front page below.


    Today I got invitating email:

    "I’m pleased to extend an invitation to you to join TheArtOfBusinessCards.com

    These are exciting times as we have revamped our website and building our artist community.

    This is a great opportunity for you to earn between $5 and $25 per sale with very little effort on your part."


    Anybody can tell about them?

    Thanks for the tip off. Don't quite know why that happened but its fixed now!



  5. By coincidence, a nice print sale popped UP from FAA this morning - I collect US$185 - and another from Artflakes at the same time but the Artflakes was for 40 euro ($55.00 to me) which I am actually querying as the sale was for $291.02 to the customer and my commission was 40% so to me, it does not compute.  Mind you, I am unfamiliar with Artflakes as I only uploaded six months ago and this is my second sale.  I shall await the email for their explanation.


    I removed all my work from RedBubble a year or so ago as they refused to place a watermark on their large thumbnails and I was constantly finding my work being infringed where I found RB in the metadata.  I used to do well on RB but their promotions were directed at what I consider juvenile and inane subjects.  I think they lost the plot.  


    FAA does help promote your work.  You get your own website and you can place a widget on your blogs/websites etc which directly links to your work on FAA.  You can announce your work on FB and Twitter with just a click.  You can also place a link to your FAA images on your website such as this http://www.pbase.com/sheila/image/154917416


    All this helps direct traffic to your site.  



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  6. We, being eastern Australia, had some glorious rain over the past three days and it is most welcome which, of course, cannot be said for those in Europe suffering the worst flooding in decades.   Sydney has had little or no rain, until the weekend, since Christmas Day and long before that.  We are having the driest summer on record (summer is our wet season) and we had the warmest winter on record.  But, according to our Dear Leader, aka our prime minister, "climate change is crap" and then replaced his head in the sand. 

  7. I watermark my images which are online - right across the middle (but with a degree of transparency) as it does more or less stop serious infringements of my work. Sometimes I watermark lower down but only if the middle option distracts the viewer.   By serious, I mean those using my work for commercial gain. Bloggers seem to be completely unaware what © actually means but if one can prove that the watermark was deliberately removed or cropped, then the infringer is in serious trouble as this becomes wilful use and multiplies the damages considerably.  That said, on several occasions I have found images being used commercially with my watermark clearly visible.  


    If you watermark then they cannot use the defence that they were unaware that it was copyrighted.   Of course, one cannot expect buyers of images to watermark your work when placed legitimately on websites and this is where infringers find my work (and yours) and there is little that can be done.  I do embed copyright details into each image and hopefully this information will remain with the image and not be stripped.  Facebook strips all metadata which I still think is illegal but there you go!



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  8. Don't waste your time on sites which emanate in Russia, Vietnam, India, China or any eastern European website.  Also, its not worth pursuing unless they are actually making money out of your work and you have the time and energy to pursue them.  Wallpaper sites are a real irritation but that is all they are.  I would pursue only those sites which are commercial in nature such as stores, commercial websites etc.  Unless your image is registered with the USCO, you can forget the US sites as well as IP lawyers will rarely take on any cases where the image is not registered.  Its not worthwhile for them especially if you are asking for them to act on a contingency basis.  


    Plagiarism Today has published a handy list of email addresses of servers for DMCA purposes.  http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/dmca-contact-information/


    Skylineboy - it would also help if you filled in your country of residence as that is important when pursuing any action and for us to provide any helpful advice!



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  9. My most recent license was to the production company in the UK which was producing a doco for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with singer Gary Barlow (who, unfortunately, I did not know from a bar of soap!).  Apparently Prince Charles liked my image of Cedric, an aborigingal busker and the company paid me 220 pounds for video rights in the UK only.  A few years back, I supplied several images of faces to a local television network in Sydney for $700 and a couple of images to another Sydney production company showing a series on the ABC.  All of these did not involve any agencies.



  10. I often refer this blog post to those who infringe my work (which is constantly) to try to educate them on intellectual property rights and how expensive it can be.  The other day, I found a person who had produced a kid's song using one of my images and found that it was also on 47,500 websites.  I am currently negotiating with the infringer.  


    "Fair use" sometimes crops up in communications between the infringers and I and Carolyn Wright's blog on it is an interesting read for both sides http://www.photoattorney.com/the-fuss-about-fair-use/


    It also appears that folk seem to think that there is an entity called Google Images as if Google has a database of images which are "free".  I then point out that Google is just a conduit to the websites where the images are published, mostly illegitimately and ALL images are copyrighted and are not free unless specifically stated so.  



  11. Sheila, the first thing you have to do is distract a Big Red, and when she looks a way you reach into her pouch an grab her joey. You run over to another big red (They can be taller than Mohammad Ali), a lonely looking one, and hand her the joey. Then you get a box jelly fish and play with it a bit. Only then do you hug the young koala, being careful of its sharp claws and pee. (They don't like you to call them marsupials, by the way.) Finally, you pet a common brown on the nose, and even if you don't get Australian Koala Bear Flu by then, you'll wish you had. 



    The same goes for the eastern grey but you might start this if you nick their joeys:




    Ouch...But the biggest irritation is this cockie.  Beautiful to look at and such characters but beware, they will eat your timber house and decking without a second thought:



    Ed, you missed out the great white - fortunately, I don't have a pic of one!



  12. It sure sounds good. I seem to have picked up a bug with a bit of fever. God, I hope it's not Australian Koala Bear flu!  :huh: 

    OK, Ed...I'll bite..what is Australian Koala Bear flu?  BTW, koala bear is not correct.  They are not bears.  They are marsupials, delightful to look at but dangerous to cuddle which various visiting VIPs found to their regret when the cuddly creature peed on them.



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