Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
Is artistic style copyrighted? For example, if I were illustrating a children's book, would it be infringement to create characters that evoke the look and feel of Maurice Sendak characters while not being exact copies? In others words, is it infringement to create original characters that look and are designed in the style of Sendak?
typically copyright only protects particular works (e.g. photos, artwork, graphics etc) from exact or substantially similar copying
however, there is some protection for "look and feel" if the work is particularly creative/distinctive, but this is a gray area of copyright law that is very subjective (Even more than the normal copyright law)
and in the case of characters, it may overlap with trademark rights as well....but the basic answer to your question is that if a reasonable observer/consumer thinks of the original work/author when they look at your work, then there is definitely a case for copyright/TM infringement
so in that sense the style could be protected
Interesting. Thanks for your help.
you're welcome, best of luck