Brainfood: Robert E. Howard creations still under copyright

If you’re going to base your art on a copyrighted character or group of characters, make sure you’re not being obvious about it.

That’s the lesson we’re getting when it comes to Spanish artist Ricardo Jove Sanchez whose sculptures bear more than a passing resemblance to existing artwork.

From Courthouse News Service:

Sanchez is accused of making and selling sculptures of Robert E. Howard characters such as Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and the Sword Woman. Although Howard has been dead for more than 80 years, his characters are copyrighted by Cabinet Entertainment.

Block found that Spanish artist Ricardo Jove Sanchez infringed these copyrights by hawking his miniature sculptures of Howard’s characters on Facebook and Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website.

Sanchez failed to appear in the case, but Conan Properties entered several of his online posts as evidence in the case.

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