Linares received Mexico's National Arts and Sciences Award in the Popular Arts and Traditions category in 1990, two years before he died.This inspired other alebrije artists, and Linares’ work became prized both in Mexico and abroad.This version of the craft has since spread to a number of other towns, most notably San Martín Tilcajete and La Unión Tejalapan, and has become a major source of income for the area, especially for Tilcajete.The success of the craft, however, has led to the depletion of the native copal trees.In 1936, when he was 30 years old, Linares fell ill with a high fever, which caused him to hallucinate.In his fever dreams, he was in a forest with rocks and clouds, many of which turned into wild, unnaturally colored creatures, frequently featuring wings, horns, tails, fierce teeth and bulging eyes.The law applied to the commercialization of the crafts as well as to their public exhibition and the use of their images.
The paper mache-to-wood carving adaptation was pioneered by Arrazola native Manuel Jiménez.
The original designs for Pedro Linares' alebrijes have fallen into the public domain.
However, according to Chapter Three of the 1996 Mexican federal copyright law, it is illegal to sell crafts made in Mexico without acknowledging the community and region they are from, or to alter the crafts in a way that could be interpreted as damaging to the culture’s reputation or image.
Attempts to remedy this with reforestation efforts and management of wild copal trees has only had limited success.
The three towns most closely associated with alebrije production in Oaxaca have produced a number of notable artisans such as Manuel Jiménez, Jacobo Angeles, Martin Sandiego, Julia Fuentes and Miguel Sandiego.