I'm super new to all this and I have a question on portfolio building when you don't have any client work to show yet. Am I allowed to use real life things as concepts? I mean: let's imagine I see a poster for a local beer festival, or a concert of a band I like and I want to do something like that. Of course the artwork would be completely different (I don't want to rip off the artist), just for the same event. Am I allowed to show this in my portfolio if I clearly describe it as a fake work and not a commissioned one? Thanks

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    Sure, so long as you're not trying to pose it as something officially validated and aren't making a profit from it. Deception or trying to hurt someone (or some event's) else's reputation is bad, but using real events can be a good idea. Don't use any logos/branding that are copyrighted though. Sep 14 '19 at 19:01
  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Please don't ask legal questions here - they are off-topic. There's a Law Stack Exchange for such questions. In any case you could avoid any such problems by simply changing the names of events/bands etc to fictitious ones, and create fictitious logos etc. That way you won't have to worry about it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 14 '19 at 20:36
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a legal question. Sorry about that.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 14 '19 at 20:37
  • Thank you and sorry, I'm merely trying to figure out how to start building a portfolio, didn't realise the question is inappropriate here.
    – kinoo1
    Sep 14 '19 at 21:06
  • You could reframe this question to be asking about common practice or best practice and leave strict legality out of it, and then it would fit here perfectly - perhaps an edit? Sep 16 '19 at 17:44

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