A debate on Digital art and Plagiarism: Where are the limits?

By on 2013/02/21


If you having looking at the magazine within the last couple of weeks, we have been busy sorting out a quiet sensitive issue that involved some of our readers throwing accusations towards one of the interviewed artists regarding copying other artists’ artwork in the past. That’s why I decided to give it a closure with my previous editorial (link here). I have also started a debate in Linkedin to see what professional think about the limits of work authenticity and originality when it comes to digital pieces.

Please read over the comments as they are very interesting so far. You can access the Linkedin debate through this LINK.

Some great comments already there. A great example by Marco Echevarria (Burn Design), whose design for a logo has been copied over 50 times. After a bit of research, Marco put together this self-explanatory info graphic on the issue! Zoom in the image because it’s worth a closer look.


You can also connect with me on Linkedin, just send me your request!

If you don’t have a Linkedin account and do not wish to open one you can leave your comments below this post! Just comment on the following:

Where’s the limit between “inspired by” and “copied” in the digital art world? And how do your prove work ownership of an online uploaded piece?

I have just interviewed Ian Vicknair, a young digital artist that was accused in the past of stealing other artists’ artworks for his own benefit. In his defence, he admits he looked at other artists works as an inspiration and as exercises to gain skills. Truth is that his credibility has been damaged and in some art online forums his works are no longer accepted.

In this digital era, where art pieces are not longer unique physical canvases… how can you prove ownership of your work and how can you avoid it to be used by others?

Laura Salesa
Editor and Founder
The Creative Post



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