Who Owns Your Tattoo?

Briskin, Cross & Sanford - Business Law Blog

It is not only in our copyright, trademark, and intellectual property practice but also in our general business practice that we regularly have to deal with who actually owns (or will own) the copyright of a particular piece of graphic art, a photograph, a video, a design, a set of presentation slides, a piece of software code, and so on.  Copyright protects a work of original authorship (including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works) once it is created in a “fixed form.”  There is no doubt that a drawing, a piece of writing or sculpture, even a piece of computer code meets this definition… but a tattoo?

The Pugh Research Center reports that while 14% of Americans have at least one tattoo, among US adults aged 26-40, the figure is now 40%, and tattoos are now a $1.65 Billion dollar industry in the US. www.statisticbrain.com/tattoo-statistics/. …

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