Copyright infringement ahoy...Digital piracy of your images is no joke. Manufacturers, individuals and entities in certain Asian countries are having a ~field day~ at the expense of DeviantArt.Copyright infringement ahoy... in Personal Journal More Like This
Please check this site here for your images---> https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoolStyleClothing/ I know there are thousands, but I found two of mine there. One is still there: https://www.etsy.com/listing/173768211/s0992-cat-face-art-full-wrap-case-cover?ref=shop_home_active_9&ga_search_query=face Look familiar? It's my "Grinning Cat", which is right here from DeviantArt, in my gallery. Don't bother reporting this image...I've already done it.
That's not the only place. These same items are in Amazon and on eBay, and on a third website as well, and those are just the ones I know of. Look at this: http://www.amazon.com/S1293-Egypt-Anubis-Cover-IPHONE/dp/B00GZKH4OO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389558285&sr=8-2&keywords=anubis+ph
Bleeding to death...I've been very discouraged and disappointed lately in the massive amount of copyright infringement I've been confronted with. I feel like I'm supplying free design development for every talentless, unimaginative hack in the world, and it's got me down.Bleeding to death... in Personal More Like This
I'm involved in no less than three suits right now, and it's breaking me financially. Legalities prevent me from saying who they are against...but they stalk my blog and mine my sites for designs on a daily basis, so I bet they're reading this right now. All I have to say to these people is this; it's NOT cool to steal someone's designs and call them your own. That "three differences added and it's MINE" defense only works for fashion design, not art, so get that idea out of your head. Merimask is a trademark, and I've been busily linking all my copyrights to my trademark, and all registered under the category of "art", not "fashion". Trademarked elements are always protected. Underselling a popu
Keeping busy...Thank you for all the kind and helpful responses on my last journal entry regarding copyright infringement woes. A bunch of issues have been put to rest, so that's good news. Thank you, also, for helping me by reporting some of the worst offenders...Alibaba has removed about 80% of the listings (that I know of) that had lifted my images illegally. They were using them to "bait and switch" which is so disgusting, I can't even... :/Keeping busy... in Personal More Like This
Aside from all that, I'm keeping myself busy and trying not to get too upset anymore (because it is really monumentally bad for my physical and emotional health). To be proactive, I've started putting big fat obnoxious watermarks on everything. It cuts down drastically on the number of views/shares I used to get. But then, it also probably cuts down on the amount of image and design theft that seems rampant here on DA so...you take the good with the bad I guess. Even if I get less views, I still prefer th