Knocking It Off and Selling It...Inspiration or Plagiarism?


From my Winter Collection 2008..

“One of the oldest sins in art is knocking off someone else’s creation and selling it"…
Take a leisurely stroll around this site sometime and you will see many instances of works supposedly inspired by, but instead are blatant copying of other members works, amounting to copyright infringement…
The risk involved to the person doing the copying, can involve anything from a complaint in the form of a DMCA notice to the site admin, to a Cease and Desist letter from an attorney or worse, an actual lawsuit…

“How do you determine the difference between inspiration and plagiarism? It’s easy, but don’t ask me to explain it. Just like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said of Pornography, “I don’t know how to define it, but I know it when I see it.”

“If, for example, a particular photographer/artist is known for portraying landscapes in certain unique ways that are readily identifiable with that artist, and you COPY one of these compositions or INCORPORATE it liberally and literally into your art, then you may be liable for copyright infringement.
This is assuming that you did not request permission from the artist in advance to use the imagery in question.
Using anyone’s compositions or images to make money for yourself without first asking their permission and agreeing in advance about how you intend to use them puts you significantly at risk for infringement
"…

These days it’s easy to determine who has copied your work and how much of the original was used, by doing Google reverse images searches…
I can tell in an instant which of my works have been copied and by whom, whether they have used ten or ninety percent of the original painting…to learn your rights and the laws see the linked article below…

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