Arts/Crafts Business/ART LEGALITY

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I am a Sci-Fi illustrator and was inspired by the works of the late John Berkey, is it illegal to apply or use his technique and style in my own work or is it ethical to do so? I plan to sell my work at some future date and need to know if that is some kind of copyright infringement. Can you kind of continue an idea line or take it to another phase or level like those artists who do Cubism and such?
Thanks in advance

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Dear Bill,

While I'm not a lawyer and my advice is not legal advice. Family members or companies artists have worked with may now own all the copyrights so unless you have permission from the current copyright owner it is best just to err on the side of caution.

Some groups might just issue a cease and desist order meaning you have to stop or else. Others might sue you and having the resources behind them it could cost you much more than you made on your efforts, not to mention your reputation and time.

I would take inspiration from his work but make all new work completely my own.

Good luck with your venture,

Shasta McLaughlin
The Extravaganza Craft Productions
http://www.extravaganzacrafts.net

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Shasta McLaughlin

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I can answer many questions about the art and craft show industry. I can help with booth setup, advertising and marketing, increasing sales at shows, where to find shows, how to promote an art or craft show, and much more.

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I have always been an artist/craft person since I was a child selling crafts at shows with my mom. I have also promoted several craft shows, and publish a newsletter for artists and crafters.

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Salutatorian of my graduating class. Associates degree of Graphic Design.

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