Stolen painting: alert for illustrators and artists

no to plagiarism!

– the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
synonyms: copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing … (google definition)

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11 thoughts on “Stolen painting: alert for illustrators and artists

  1. Name and Shame the Copycats!!! What I have done is this: next to my visible copyright notice on every picture (plus the notice in the right collumn of my blog) every image has an invisible watermark (Digimarc). In the past I traced a few notorious copycats who rightclick on pictures (cropped the image in such a way that the visible copyright notice was removed) and published them on diverse social media as their own. With Digimarc I could trace them and commented on their social media with something as: “Thank you for sharing my pictures but it would be appreciated if you credit the makers of every image you publish”. Believe me; it works (they’ve never done it again; neither did they apologise…) 😉

  2. Exposure of an artist’s work is always a good thing. Just make sure people reading know who the artist is and we are gold. You can’t stop people using images etc online, but there is a nice way of doing it.

  3. The electronic age has brought a lot of this sort of thing. An artist I follow on Facebook has dealt with numerous attempts by others to pass off her work as their own. One woman boldly promoted her art gallery show, with at least two of the “paintings” from another artist. It’s shameful, and they should be treated like those who rip music and don’t pay for it. Thanks for sharing this story. We all need to keep an eye out for fakes.

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