Is it Ever OK to Copy Another Artist's Work?

Is it Ever OK to Copy Another Artist's Work?

First of all, let me be clear that I am not writing this because someone copied me! I am writing this because I think it is something that is important to talk about, not only to other creatives, but to people who hire creatives as well. Copying isn't something that should be taken lightly, which is why I've decided to write this. And, if you feel compelled to, hopefully you can share it with your friends and other artists who have encountered copying before!

As much as I hate to admit it (and as embarrassed as I am to admit it) I have copied someone before. My intentions weren’t bad, at least I thought they weren’t... I just wanted to make something for my wedding back in 2015. I saw a design on a mirror with a cute saying that I loved, and I essentially replicated the entire thing…

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