foervraengd said: Is it actually possible to claim ownership of your drawing style? I've often seen ppl getting fired up for seeing other artists "copying the way they draw". Note that this is not about plagiarism but that two ppl just draw their things in each other's drawing style. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.
In the US and most other countries, one cannot copyright an idea or a style - although artists like Dale Chihuly have tried to argue in court that a style is copyrightable. After Chihuly sued two former assistents, the case was settled out of court, so there’s no caselaw from that 2006 case that we can point to as definitive.
Under copyright law, you can only copyright the expression of an idea, which generally means the specific words, pen strokes, combination of colors and lines, sculptured elements, etc. There’s a good article on this topic here, and here’s another piece that explains why style isn’t expression.
In other words, as a general rule, as a matter of law it is not copyright infringement to draw something in another’s drawing style, because a style is (as a general rule) not copyrightable. As we’ve said before, plagiarism isn’t the same thing as copyright infringement, although they can overlap.
Hope that helps - but feel free to ask a follow-up if there’s another aspect of it that you’d like us to address.