As noted, all work shown on these web pages is copyrighted. The electronic image and text presentation, including posted technical papers, of the artist on this Internet web page does not waive any of the protections under copyright law. The artist has had to deal with various copyright violations and other legal situations. Among them were copying of magazine ad images for paintings, potential use of ceramic images for bottling/product labels and reproduction of ceramic images (knock-offs) for sale in curio/art stores. If there are further questions regarding copyrights of Al Qoyawayma, please contact:
Gregory J. Nelson
Nelson & Roediger
Patent & Copyright Attorneys
4500 N. 32nd St., Suite 110,
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
The artist is an enrolled member of the Hopi Nation." Copying of a Native American artist's work for sale is subject to severe penalty under the provisions of the Indian Arts & Crafts Act of 1990, Public Law 101-644
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.