While Pedro Linares dreamed of the creatures, they did not surface in a vacuum.
Similarities and parallels can be drawn between alebrijes and various supernatural creatures from Mexico’s indigenous and European past.
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.
Rivera said that no one else could have fashioned the strange figures he requested; work done by Linares for Rivera is now displayed at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City.