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Inspiration or Infringement?

Presented By Linda Joy Kattwinkel, Esq. and Pieter Folkens.

Originally aired May 2017.

We are all influenced by each other’s work. But where is the line between being inspired and illegal copying? Is it okay to mimic famous brands? What about working from photographs? Is it safe to scan images from the web if we digitally alter them? Can we use old images, or works from other countries? When is something in the “public domain”?

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About Our Presenters:

Linda Joy Kattwinkel
Intellectual Property Attorney, Owen Wickersham & Erickson

Linda Joy Kattwinkel has been a visual artist for more than 40 years and an attorney and mediator for the arts community for more than 20 years. She received her BFA cum laude in communications arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a graphic designer and illustrator for 13 years before receiving her law degree cum laude from Hastings College of the Law.

Ms. Kattwinkel represents designers and visual artists in matters of intellectual property and arts law, such as copyright and trademark protection, infringement, licensing, and gallery contracts. She is the author of Legalities, an online column about legal issues for designers, see, and various published articles on copyright and trademark basics for designers. As often as possible, Linda Joy continues to create art. Love Trumps Hate, a work Linda Joy created with her son Miles, recently won a Juror’s Choice award for ARC Gallery’s Summer of Love exhibition.

Pieter Folkens
Illustrator, Sculptor, Writer, Naturalist, Lecturer and Conservationist

Pieter Arend Folkens is an illustrator, sculptor, writer, naturalist, lecturer, and conservationist most recognized for work in the subject of marine mammals. Academically, he was an Assistant Professor, Division of Natural Sciences, UCSC where he developed a graduate program in science illustration. His work has been published in 31 countries and 22 languages with museum installations from the Iñupiat Heritage Center (Barrow, AK/Smithsonian) to Tepapa Tongarewa (National Museum, Wellington, NZ). His three-dimensional work has taken the form of animatronic cinematic cetaceans, including the humpback whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, killer whales in Free Willy (I–III), and dolphins in White Squall, SeaQuestDSV, Flipper (the movie), and others.

Other stuff not relevant to art . . .

Folkens is the co-founder of the Alaska Whale Foundation and California Whale Rescue. He is a USCG-licensed captain and a Primary Large Whale Disentangler for NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and a Charter Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.

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