2 responses to “Presentation: Make-up Artistry and Copyright Protection”

  1. Kate McInnes

    I loved your presentation Olivia! It reminds me a lot of the Clown Egg Register located at the Clowns-Gallery Museum in London. In order to protect their specific makeup from copycats, clowns beginning in the 1940s would replicate their makeup on hollowed-out eggs in an effort to self-regulate their intellectual property. You can read more about it here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/gallery-london-houses-dozens-clown-egg-portraits-180968914/ and https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20171206-the-fascinating-reason-why-clowns-paint-their-faces-on-eggs. Do you think that makeup artists could use self-regulation like clowns do in order to protect their specific designs, which may help curtail copyright litigation?

  2. Olivia

    Thanks so much, Kate, I’m glad you liked it! And thank you for sharing those links, that is super interesting — I love the idea of artists self-regulating within their community. Make-up artistry is so broad so it’s hard to see it self-regulating at large, but I can imagine something similar with drag queens, for example. Someone like Trixie Mattel has such a distinctive make-up look, and I imagine if another professional drag queen attempted to copy it on stage, the community would condemn it. Within a community, a “shun” could be just as effective as a “cease and desist” letter! Now I want to visit the “Clowns Church” 😛 After COVID perhaps?