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“Don’t Fake it Baby”

August 28, 2019

Just “lay the real thing on me” as the late great Bowie sang, words which resonate with me after discovering blatant copies of my sculptures on the internet.

FAKE

It seems there is little you can do to protect intellectual property with this new global phenomenon of the production of everything. In one sense it’s almost flattering in that you know you’ve arrived when people start to copy your work 🙂 . But HELLO I’m still here making it myself and living out that cliched life of a struggling artist, just trying to put food on the table.

COPIED WORK 1

I do believe that most art is eclectic and the sharing of ideas is how we move forward to explore deeper aspects and concepts of human expression, but simple plagiarism without so much as a nod to the original creator is a cynical ploy.

FAKE1

For now my only recourse with this matter is to share the plagiarized imagery that I discover to reaffirm the authenticity of my own work and hopefully prevent people supporting this practice. It would be awful if people purchased this work believing it to be authentic sculpture made by me.

FAKE2

My work isn’t as easy to copy as it may appear, because the simple forms and composition I use are very precise and take time to realise. So for those who are copying you need a lot more practice.

There are more copies out there but I’ll leave it here for now as a little insight into the extraordinary world of the struggling artist 😉 .

I would love to have some thoughts and ideas about this funny situation, so please feel free to comment.

Thanks for looking and have a great day 🙂

One Comment
  1. jcervantes2017 permalink

    Take em out. I wouldn’t publish their copies. Call them and ask them to kindly not do that. Copying is one thing. Selling it as their work is another. I thought it interesting that there’s a class at the academy to copy the masters. It’s proper to put masters name then your own. If I copy a Van GoGo I would put after vangogh personally. For example Disney. Is very big on copyright. I believe legally one can sell about 6 let’s say watercolor versions of Pocahontas or Mickey. Though in contrast some of Disney’s characters come from long ago fables. When I walked into a shop once some 18 years ago and saw an air brushed painting of mine exactly with even the shadows of a piece I had sold over 5000 reproductions of in a little town, I asked the owner not to sell it. He never did. Yes, I was flattered.

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