Repurposing art is a real temptation for professional crafters, visual artists, and Etsy-sellers alike. What some call mere inspiration, others consider copying. Where’s the line between the two? Below are some of the rules at play for repurposing art, or using elements of creative works owned by someone else in a new creative work, and some common misconceptions when it comes to fair use.
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Surely you do hear what I hear: It’s the sound of nostalgia (in the form of Christmas carols) floating in the background of every department store, coffee shop, and cute holiday gift market in town. Which, naturally, brings us to copyright and the song: the protection afforded to songs under U.S. law.
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