Today’s Artsy Shark website features a blog post by Intellectual Property attorney Emily Danchuk about artists’ designs being stolen and reproduced for a profit – a practice known as copyright infringement.
As Danchuk is quick to point out, copying an artist’s work to use in a home project is distinctly different from reproducing it for the purpose of selling it in any form. Whether it ends up on a canvas, prints, pillows, phone cases or anything else, the latter practice is considered stealing.
Attorney Danchuk has founded Copyright Collaborative, a movement “designed to educate, empower and unionize artists in the fight against copyright theft.” It might surprise you to learn that American big box retailers like Urban Outfitters or Target have a reputation for being involved in Art & the Infringement Culture.
Copyright Collaborative also has a page called Effigies with images of many original artworks shown side by side with their knock-offs.
Read the full post on Artsy Shark.