when i clicked onto one group, one member had asked what she should
do when copying an artist's design - the answers were a trip down
the dumb side: "i heard that if you give credit to the original
designer that's enough" - "you can copy as long as you don't sell
I would like to draw distinction between copying and stealing. To
take someone’s work and copy it for commercial purposes is stealing.
Copying what other artists did, for educational purposes, is
mandatory if one wants to grow as an artist.
Copying has negative connotations because of unfortunate naming of
the law dealing with intellectual property. It should have been
"Theft of Intellectual Property Law" instead of “Copyright Law”.
In order to express oneself, one must have a vocabulary of terms and
methods of expression. This vocabulary can only be acquired through
Think about it in terms of a language. When we want to write
something, - do we invent new words, or do we use the ones we already
know? How do we get to know these words? By reading books written by
others. Reading a book is a form of copying. We copy content of a
book into our memory. We call it memorizing.
Language of Art is much more complicated. To memorize vocabulary used
in creation a work of art, simply looking at it, is not efficient. By
copying it, the underlying methods become clear and that is how one