Of course it is different! Ever heard of a little something called
I believe this thread started about someone who was creating a model
for a customer, to be produced overseas. If I am creating something
for a customer, and they are communicating to me what to design, how
can it be considered “artistic copyright”. I do not even know what
that means. How about artistic egoright?
The concept of a copyright is that you create something that only you
can manufacture. If you create something that is perceived as unique
and desirable, you can charge whatever the market will bear. If you
create something from someone else’s idea, what is attributable to
you other that technical ability? When you do design work for
someone, if it is something that could be done by others at the same
price as you do it, what are you adding to it “artistically”. If you
are adding something to improve the design, you might get be able to
get paid more, but the basic idea is the customers, and it is still
not yours. My customer has control over what is done with what I
design for them.
If I produce a piece and someone wants to produce it overseas, then I
am in negotiation to get as much benefit from my design as I can.
Once my design goes overseas I know I have no control over who steals
it and reproduces it. Even if it has a copyright.
Some designs, I would like to request that they not tell anyone who
made it. I would not like the design work to be attribute to moi. My
ability to design and make custom pieces allows me to get paid $200
per hour for labor alone on some pieces. What I do is unique enough
that my customers will pay that.
My opinion is that not all jewelry is art, when a design transcends
the boundary, and your customer considers it art, you have also
transcended a monetary boundary. Concept or beauty of design
translates into monetary benefit. That is my experience.