Legal Muse
Legal Muse

Author: Kenneth Kunkle, Kunkle Law, PLC
Topic area: Intellectual property law for the creative industries
Blogging since: April 2007

Post excerpt from September 29, 2010: “A while back, someone asked me about writing a blog post on copyright law and tattoos. After thinking about it, I realized that the issue is one that provides a great opportunity to illustrate (no pun intended) some core concepts about copyright law that are often misunderstood by the general public and sometimes by creatives.

At issue is who owns the copyright in that tat on your forearm. After all, a tattoo is really no different than other creative work, and as long as it is an ‘original work of authorship’ (most likely) and ‘fixed in a tangible form’ (most [definitely]), U.S. law states that the subject matter is subject to copyright protection.”