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"Body Art Copyrights?" Tattoos and body art have been used historically as a means to visually show individual self-expression through permanently marking one’s body with pictures, depictions, symbols, or characters that represent the individual. While historically tattoos have been used from depicting sexuality to branding outcasts and prisoners, many tattoos today are chosen by individuals to be seen proudly as a way of telling something nonverbal about the individual. Many tattoos are often chosen through a set of templates that an individual may choose from, for example, someone may choose various fonts, colors, and styles to have the word ‘Mom’ tattooed onto their body. However, body art should not, and likely cannot, be copyrighted. Many tattoos are not original creations from the original artist. There may be variations to the tattoo or adjustments
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Unformatted text preview: made from previous tattoos, but rarely is there ever a truly new tattoo that no one has ever seen. Copyrighting a particular image would introduce a useless and redundant form or bureaucracy by subjecting tattooed images to copyright laws and force everyone who wanted a tattoo to receive permission from the original creator. Manufacturers who make chairs don’t have to pay royalty fees to the first person who made a chair, chairs are just so common and simple that it is assumed to be common knowledge and free to use regardless of the adjustments made to the chair. The argument of the chair is similar to the arguments for copyrighting body art. No one has to pay royalty fees to have a heart tattooed onto their body to the first person who has ever thought of tattooing a heart, it is simply such a universal symbol that no one can claim rights to it....
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