“Can You Copy This Artwork but Make Enough Changes So It Doesn’t Look Copied?” and Why It Doesn’t Work

An article that appeared in The Fort Bend Star this week prompted discussions about copyright infringement. The article titled "Sugar Land Artist Sues Utah Foundry for Allegedly Copying Statue" talks about how one artist supposedly copied another's work. It's especially bad since the original statue is in Sugar Land while the claimed copy sits an hour away in Pearland. I encourage you to read the article for the details and I've included the photo of the two statues at left (Copyright © 2011 by Fortbendstar.com) so you can judge for yourself if one looks like a copy of the other. [...]