Commissioning an artist through Easel gives the buyer ownership of the piece of art. However, the artist retains the full copyright for any artwork created through Easel unless discussed by both the buyer and the artist and determined otherwise prior to a confirmed commission. This also applies to artist reproductions of the work. Because the artist was commissioned to create an original piece of art for the buyer, the artist and the buyer may not reproduce, distribute, or otherwise profit from the commissioned artwork without each other’s express, written permission, or as agreed upon prior to the acceptance of the commission.
Easel does not take any ownership or license of your commissioned artwork under this program. The customer may not distribute, reproduce, or otherwise profit from the artwork beyond the resale of the original artwork. The customer may not edit, alter, or trace the artwork without the artist’s express, written permission, or as agreed upon prior to the acceptance of the commission.
Because Easel is merely facilitating the transaction between the artist and the customer and will not take any ownership or license to the commissioned artwork, Easel will be unable to enforce these provisions. Consequently, any dispute between the artist and a customer regarding the intellectual property of the commissioned artwork must be resolved exclusively between the artist and the customer.
Easel respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Thus, you must not request any art commission that contains copyrighted material belonging to others, or any material that infringes the intellectual property right of others, without obtaining the holder’s prior written consent. Easel reserves the right, in its discretion, to cancel any art commission if we believe it may infringe upon any right of a third party, and/or to terminate the account of any user that we believe to be infringing on our or any third party’s rights. Our rights in Service Changes and Limitations can be read in our Terms of Service.
Additionally, Easel requires artist verification as a measure to protect buyers against fraudulent artist profiles. Users of the Easel site may not create accounts to impersonate artists, or to sell work created by an individual other than that whose name is on the Easel account.