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Early on in my career I learned the importance of knowing, or at least being aware, of copyright laws.  I found"knock offs" of my fathers work  almost everywhere.  I'd see them in trade shows, catalogs, online, even in an Oklahoma gas station "gift store".  Although overseas business and foundries would use his images and recreate his images, the struggle to fight them became too costly and time consuming.  However, sometimes the other side of the coin is that we, as artists, need to be aware of copyrighted images of individuals that may still be owned by the family or estate of that individual, especially those who are / were famous.  Copyright laws are constantly changing yet it's up to us as the artists to be aware and not become what 




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