Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
You can't protect an idea or a concept or a method of doing something. You can only protect the actual thing from being copied. Obviously the artist who copied your painting wasn't creative on his own. What if he had used your technique to create a different subject matter?
Only a property rights attorney can answer your questions. But sometimes it's easier to be smarter and more creative than the copiers. And promote yourself well on your web site and in any published articles or material about you so everyone knows you are the originator.
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Well, for a second time in my simple career , I have a new copy cat. I meet that guy at Wesport Fine Art, CT, 2 years a go. He purchased one of my work and he has nice words to my paintings. I was cheking the site of The artist project , where I decline to participate at the last moment for the reazon to have a hge 2 commissions to finish and I didn't have anough time to prepare the Art FAir. With surprise I founded that Mr. Armando Pedroso will be part of the event, so I went to his web site to send an congratulations e-mail. With surprise I discover in his Galleries in his site, many of my paintings,, mind not my paintings, but yes exactly reproductions of thouse. I knew he have an account in facebook, so I went trough to it , and again I discover pictures of recreations of my work and off course many comments about this great "Artist". I emailed him inmediatly and in the first moment, he was surprised and denay everything. But after showhing him the material I have, he was very concerned, sad, and embarrasy of his self. He apology to me ( I have his e-maIL)and try in many ways to explain why he did it. he promess me to take of the pictures and material from the bussiness. For that I closed the topic and I accepted his apology. But I discover a couple weeks a go in NYC, that he still showing the paintings. Off course he take of some of the paintings from his Face book and from his web site, but if you check out it and you know some of what I am doing for several years , you will can see what is happening. More when this guy coming from doing fanny little houses and fruits and now he is turning on an Abstract painer. Now I know why he wanted to buy one of my work, just to copy it.
His is from Chicago and he is doing Art festivlas around the country. Check his web site www.armandopedroso.com . In the first time I decided to leave the topic between him and I, but after I discover he still doing that, I decided to do this public, to preserv Art festivals and another artists from that kind of copycats. What a shame.
Im sorry Jorge! that really sucks. I was checking him and he uses some of the techniques I have always used(glass-like finish), the worst part is that we are going to see him in Rittenhouse and (for me) Virginia Beach. It's really a shame because he is talented.
Luisa, Btw is nice to meet you. One thing is to use mediums or material, also techniques. But doing copy, recreate and still ideas are another things. I was acepted in Virginia Beach, but I will not participate to have to prepare a show gallery. I am ready informed to the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art organizators what is happened. Also in the past, I adviced him to apply in Rittenhouse. The last time I saw him , he culd not to see me in my eyes. Shame of him. Will be nice to see you in Rittenhouse.