* Exception is when the artist is "commercially employed," to create the stuff. ie, ***** pays some artist to write a sonnet or a song, etc. In that case, the artist gives up the right.
* Artist keeps the copyright if he/she is a freelancer...unless, the commissioner gets the artist to give up the copyright...that's what we do around here...
* If no copyright is formally filed, (only costs about $100.), the artist cannot file for copyright damages.
* Copyrights damages are extended to time of copyright granting, not time of creation...this makes the first bullet sort of moot.
* Copyright extends to artists next of kin or other legal antecedents for 70 years.