Thanks to my friends I've been informed that this site copycover.com/ is pillaging Deviantart galleries to sell phone cases. It concerns almost everyone on Deviantart, including me but also MattiasA , dick-allowatt , hogret , loish , YiiChan , Nouraii , samuelyounart and many many others, it's without end.
The site has a DMCA page but how a foreign artist is supposed to know how it works, how do you do when you have dozens of drawings stolen, fill a form for every one of them?
edit: message from TrashBambi on tumblr : you can’t even submit DMCA’s to this website as their form for it keeps giving errors, as does their general contact form, their contact email is nowhere to be found and googling them brings up nothing related.
edit2: help from TrashBambi on tumblr (posted with their permission):
Right, I’ve found the correct email to contact to have your art removed! I’ve emailed them myself as some of my art is on there. (i tried via their form and the general contact form but neither were working and they have no email listed so i found their service providers contact)
Please email their web host at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a template you can use. Please make sure to edit it where appropriate (eg name, works involved, ect) and remember you CAN’T email them on behalf of someone else unless you have provable permission to speak on that persons behalf!
Dear Designated Agent:
My name is [Your name].
A website that your company hosts is infringing on copyright-protected images owned by myself. Contact is unable to be made directly with the website creators and your company were identified as the host via WHOIS services.
The original images are located at:
[URLs where you originally published the images, if available]
The unauthorized and infringing copies are located at:
[The website using your work without permission]
They are hosted at:
[The exact location of the images on the infringing site, for example www.porpoiseworld.com/content/…
This letter is official notification under Section 512© of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”). I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice.
The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act grants service providers such as your company immunity from liability so long as your company investigates and rectifies this copyright violation in a timely manner. Should your company fail to do so, it may become liable for the infringement.
Please remove and disable all access to the aforementioned copyrighted work immediately. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Apparently the site is in progress because you can't order either... for now.
Please signal boost, deviantartists with an experience in law may succeed in taking this site down!