A side by side image comparing an AP photograph of then Senator Obama to the famous posterized image made by Shepard Fairey based on the same photograph.
Inspiration, not imitation!

By enrolling in this course and submitting projects for evaluation, you agree to grant me and St. Norbert College world-wide reproduction rights of your work. Your work may be reproduced electronically, printed in publications, or used as an example for a future course. If your work is reproduced, you will not be paid a fee or granted a license, but it will be credited to you. In all instances, you retain copyright and the right to use and reproduce your work in any context.

Please let me know if you do not or cannot agree to the above statement.

This statement above gives me permission to show your work to other students, at conferences, etc. It does not give me permission to take your work, make t-shirts with it, or any other commercial use.

In this course, we will be watching tutorial videos and looking at the work of many other illustrators online. You are expected to be inspired by the work you see, but you must not copy or reproduce portions of another person’s work and present it as your own. This is plagiarism. If you are caught passing off someone else’s work as your own, you will receive a zero grade on the assignment and face disciplinary action according to the student handbook. Don’t do it.

This does not mean you can’t imitate someone else’s style or try to tackle content that someone else has done. In these cases, be clear about what you’re doing and credit your source.

If you’d like to dig into the nitty-gritty of when it is or is not ok to appropriate someone else’s work into your own, check out this article by the College Art Association on Fair Use and Making Art.