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Topic: Stolen art
PetsDreamlands Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 1:31:06 PM
Plrang Art wrote:
@PetsDreamlands OK, just to clarify

I am the ONLY Copyright Holder and I can tell you a funny story from NINE years ago.

Zazzle already tried to remove my own design from my store saying (quote from my blog Published on: May 20, 2010 @ 19:04):

"Zazzle accused me that my illustration “Flying Dutchman” is “infringing Disney’s intellectual property rights of Pirates of the Carribean”. LOL ?? WHAT??"

Well, I won because I showed them evidence and source files.

I believe and feel with you, I created cartoon clipart and other imagery (e.g. 3D renders) and sold them on CD back in the mid-late 90s. They're all over the web. Together with some fonts. I also had a few funny stories and a similar one, too: Once I got a letter from a lawyer accusing me of having distributed a rip-off of a baby cartoon. What wasn't the case, of course, it just looked similar. The fun thing was, that I had sketches that were years older than their illustrations. The creative world (visual art, music, writing) is a minefield, especially nowadays with digitalization.

If you allow me a suggestion as a creative: I would contact the Zazzler who uses your work first and tell him/her. It's possible that he got the image through a PD page in good faith and is willing to take down his products after he knows. IMO this is a fair way to deal with such issues (I did it a few times myself - not on Z) and you could eliminate one more distribution source if you ask him where he got the image from. Cheers!

ETA: Cool image, btw.
Topic: Stolen art
PetsDreamlands Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 1:31:06 PM
Plrang Art wrote:
@PetsDreamlands OK, just to clarify

I am the ONLY Copyright Holder and I can tell you a funny story from NINE years ago.

Zazzle already tried to remove my own design from my store saying (quote from my blog Published on: May 20, 2010 @ 19:04):

"Zazzle accused me that my illustration “Flying Dutchman” is “infringing Disney’s intellectual property rights of Pirates of the Carribean”. LOL ?? WHAT??"

Well, I won because I showed them evidence and source files.

I believe and feel with you, I created cartoon clipart and other imagery (e.g. 3D renders) and sold them on CD back in the mid-late 90s. They're all over the web. Together with some fonts. I also had a few funny stories and a similar one, too: Once I got a letter from a lawyer accusing me of having distributed a rip-off of a baby cartoon. What wasn't the case, of course, it just looked similar. The fun thing was, that I had sketches that were years older than their illustrations. The creative world (visual art, music, writing) is a minefield, especially nowadays with digitalization.

If you allow me a suggestion as a creative: I would contact the Zazzler who uses your work first and tell him/her. It's possible that he got the image through a PD page in good faith and is willing to take down his products after he knows. IMO this is a fair way to deal with such issues (I did it a few times myself - not on Z) and you could eliminate one more distribution source if you ask him where he got the image from. Cheers!

ETA: Cool image, btw.
Topic: Stolen art
PetsDreamlands Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 1:31:06 PM
Plrang Art wrote:
@PetsDreamlands OK, just to clarify

I am the ONLY Copyright Holder and I can tell you a funny story from NINE years ago.

Zazzle already tried to remove my own design from my store saying (quote from my blog Published on: May 20, 2010 @ 19:04):

"Zazzle accused me that my illustration “Flying Dutchman” is “infringing Disney’s intellectual property rights of Pirates of the Carribean”. LOL ?? WHAT??"

Well, I won because I showed them evidence and source files.

I believe and feel with you, I created cartoon clipart and other imagery (e.g. 3D renders) and sold them on CD back in the mid-late 90s. They're all over the web. Together with some fonts. I also had a few funny stories and a similar one, too: Once I got a letter from a lawyer accusing me of having distributed a rip-off of a baby cartoon. What wasn't the case, of course, it just looked similar. The fun thing was, that I had sketches that were years older than their illustrations. The creative world (visual art, music, writing) is a minefield, especially nowadays with digitalization.

If you allow me a suggestion as a creative: I would contact the Zazzler who uses your work first and tell him/her. It's possible that he got the image through a PD page in good faith and is willing to take down his products after he knows. IMO this is a fair way to deal with such issues (I did it a few times myself - not on Z) and you could eliminate one more distribution source if you ask him where he got the image from. Cheers!

ETA: Cool image, btw.
Topic: Stolen art
PetsDreamlands Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 1:03:26 PM
Plrang Art wrote:
@PetsDreamlands

Public domain lol.

That is my ORIGINAL design man... I keep fighting all those thieves all the time. I have the original parts, RAW photos I took and PS/Lightroom presets and collages.

Does the fact that it is STOLEN a lot mean it's free? Great logic.

If I would be a Disney or other company I'd already be a millionaire suing all these people.
Only SOME copies are used legally, those that are CLEARLY SIGNED with my nickname.


Thanks for clarifying. In that case, things are different of course. My apologies if I had doubts, but it happens a lot that people use public domain or stock images, see them on other sites or stores in our case and then claim the image/design got stolen. The doubt arose from the fact that the images I've seen are in really high resolution. Sorry again, my fault.
Topic: Stolen art
PetsDreamlands Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 1:03:26 PM
Plrang Art wrote:
@PetsDreamlands

Public domain lol.

That is my ORIGINAL design man... I keep fighting all those thieves all the time. I have the original parts, RAW photos I took and PS/Lightroom presets and collages.

Does the fact that it is STOLEN a lot mean it's free? Great logic.

If I would be a Disney or other company I'd already be a millionaire suing all these people.
Only SOME copies are used legally, those that are CLEARLY SIGNED with my nickname.


Thanks for clarifying. In that case, things are different of course. My apologies if I had doubts, but it happens a lot that people use public domain or stock images, see them on other sites or stores in our case and then claim the image/design got stolen. The doubt arose from the fact that the images I've seen are in really high resolution. Sorry again, my fault.