Well, here we go again. Another round of stolen art. Not quite sure I can keep up with all of these artist thieves. Honestly....this is so upsetting and I am sick and tired of it. I would consider myself easy go lucky and a pretty mellow person with the exception of getting my art stolen! So frustrated, and it just makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs. This is not my first go-around with this, and it can be exhausting trying to protect my art.
I received and email from a lady the other day with a photo attachment of an art class that has stolen my daisy dog and then proceed to teach people to paint it!!! I just couldn't believe it. The worst part? The class is offered about an hour from the house??? Right here in my own territory! The nerve of some people! She asked no permission, nor gave me any credit! An EXACT copy of my PAINTING!
Did you know it is against the law to copy art? Let me spell it out for you...with the words from the United States Copyright Office:
Copyright is a form of protection provided by U.S. law to authors of “original
works of authorship,” including “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.” The
owner of copyright in a work has the exclusive right to make copies, pre-
pare derivative works, sell or distribute copies, and display the work publicly.
Anyone else wishing to use the work in these ways must have the permission of
the author or someone who has derived rights through the author.
A work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created, that is,
“fixed” in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. Neither registration in the
Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection.
Here is my original painting, "Droopin' Daisy" copyright 2010.
Here is what the Arts and Carafes have painted:
You can see the painting and "classes offered" in the background, ugh.
These copy-cat artists unfortunately are not going away anytime soon, and will continue to troll the internet looking for their next piece to copy. I unfortunately am going to have to make some big changes to protect my art on the internet. So uninspiring!
After contacting the shop owner, she said she has removed the class from her list, and has removed all facebook photos. I do find it interesting that she still has the photos on her website. I wanted to share her store link with you before writing my cease and desist letter. I guess I just want want to call her and her shop out. (only because it does make me feel better, so unprofessional I know! I just can't help it, I am angry.) C'mon people....if you are going to copy a painting, at least mix it up! Change a back ground color, or the dog.......something!!!!
PLEASE DO NOT STEAL ARTWORK OFF THE INTERNET.