My Policy on Copying My Art

Photo of visual artist Steve Miller

Do not copy my art without my written permission.

This includes looking at my art while you try to copy it with your own art supplies. This includes for “educational purposes” and for “fair use”. This applies even if you are not copying my art for profit.

There are two ways to copy a visual artist’s work. One way is to take a digital image of the art and the other way is to try and recreate it yourself. Both of these ways of using a living artist’s work without the owner’s permission is illegal. Both are considered Copyright Infringement. When you try to recreate my art with your own hands it is called an unauthorized derivative and this is a federal offense.

Copying my art for school does not make this legal. Simply stating that it is for “educational purposes” does not make copying a living artist’s work without their permission legal. Using art legally in accredited schools for “educational purposes” refers to talking about the art, showing the image in the classroom for reference only. This does not mean students are allowed to recreate them while trying to copy them with art supplies.

Using my art to teach others to copy it is also not legal. This includes all accredited schools, home schools, paint and drink wine schools, art schools, birthday parties and just for fun.

If you are going to copy an artist’s work without asking their permission stick with public domain images or Old Master’s paintings that are legally eligible to be used in this way. And just because an artist is no longer living does not mean the art is legal to copy. A lot of artists that are not living do belong to the public domain and are considered eligible Old Master’s but you have to take each piece on a case by case basis.

My art is not available for copying. All rights are reserved.

Sincerely,

Steve Miller

(I adopted this policy from another artist’s site.   If you are an artist and would like to adopt this policy as well, you may do so .