The so called Tanzania Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, 1999 gives the artists copyright control over their artworks.
It is not required by Tanzanian Copyright Law that the painter must register the painting with authorities in order to claim the copyright. The artist acquires the copyright automatically simply when the artwork is completed.
However, the Tinga Tinga artists do frequently register the paintings with Copyright Society of Tanzania (COSOTA) to have legal proof copyright and are registered with National Arts Council of Tanzania (BASATA) which also supports the artists´ rights.
There is no such thing as an “international copyright” that will automatically protect the artwork throughout the entire world. However, most countries do offer protection to foreign works under international copyright treaties and conventions. One of the most important conventions initiated by WIPO is Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works which was signed by 164 countries.
When original work of art is sold, the purchaser is buying the actual painting. No reproduction rights pass to the retainer. The artist retains the copyright.
Even if you bought the original painting, you must seek permission from the copyright owner to reproduce the image of the painting. This is done by means of licensing agreement with the artist and Tinga Tinga Cooperative.
According to Tanzania Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, 1999, the copyright lasts for 50 years after the artwork was completed. After artist´s death the copyright passes to heirs. In case of old Tingatinga paintings created by E.S.Tingatinga, the heirs are his children Daudi and Martina Tingatinga.
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Infringement of copyright may result in damages, lawsuits, costly legal fees and under some rare circumstances, criminal charges.
New technology enables copyright owners to identify unlicensed imagery and act to protect their rights. Imagery is ‘fingerprinted’ so that it can be tracked and found in use, even if it has been modified, recreated or if only part of the image has been used.
No. Just because an image is on the internet doesn’t mean the image is free to use.
In most cases "no" unless your use is specifically permitted by copyright law. All images on your website must be properly licensed, regardless of the nature of your site.