Visual Plagiarism• Visual Plagiarism is copying and assuming the ideas of another artist or entity that owns the rights to their own visual material. It is considered unethical.• This can include artwork like drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography, as well as advertisements, logos, brand names, and other original visual imagery.
Examples of Visual Plagiarismhttp://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110112/10170012637/ap-shepard-fairey-settle-lawsuit-over-obama-image-fairey-agrees-to-give-up-fair-use-rights-to-ap-photos.shtml
What is unethical in the classroom?• Copying blatantly from a photo or image you find on the internet• Using a copyright character, such as Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Disney characters, etc.• Using a trademark logo or symbol such as the Nike, Volcom, D.C. Shoes, sports team logos, etc.
What is okay?• Everything an artist produces is in some way affected by what he or she has seen.• Borrowing aspects of an image you have seen online and making it your own is OK• Using ideas you see to inspire your own work somehow (similar color schemes, line work, etc.) is OK• Ask if you are unsure!