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The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators by Thomas A. Crowell Esq.

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CHAPTER 2

Copyright Law

COPYRIGHT LAW

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Copyright law protects “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression”1 like a comic book page, a script, concept art, and cover art. In fact, each time you draw a comic book page you actually create two very different kinds of property:

1. The Physical Artwork: this is your divinely-inspired combination of pencil and ink on paper. While your Bristol board masterpiece may have value when you sell it at a convention, once you sell it, you may no longer have any more rights to the physical copy2 . . . but you can still exploit the copyright.

2. The Copyright to Your Work: this is ...

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