Is It Legal?

I am a fan art artist, and that means I routinely toe the line of what is legal and what is not when it comes to copyright. Using someone else's intellectual property in my own work, especially without permission, is against the law...right? Not so fast. The issue isn't that black and white.

In an effort to answer my own questions about making quilts inspired by video games and popular culture, I took a deep dive into US copyright law and instances where legal action has been threated or taken regarding fabric, quilts, and fan art. This presentation is about what I learned and the decision I ultimately came to regarding the use of others' copyrighted material in my own work.

I am not a lawyer, and this presentation should not be taken as legal advice.