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Native American Artists Learn How to Protect Work With Copyright

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DURANT, OK--Preserving history also means preserving artwork, and artists who were at the Choctaw Event Center Saturday learned how they can protect their art.

Oklahoma is one of the few states that has laws which protect the copyright of Native American Arts and Crafts.

The US Department of the Interior and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board held a free seminar in Durant. Artists who attended learned why copyrighting their work is important.

"What it includes today is arts and crafts that are made by Indian artists--meaning Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw and any of the federally recognized tribes across the United States of America. it is to protect their artwork."

Falsely selling artwork as if were Indian-made is illegal. Protecting Native American work also protects artists' revenue. 

-Jen French, KTEN News