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You all may have noticed that I've stopped posting artwork here. Part of that is due to the fact that my output has been drastically reduced thanks to a job that takes most of my artistic energy and doesn't leave me a ton of time for personal projects. Part of that is due to the fact that I've turned my spare time artistic efforts toward a writing project that I hope, someday, to publish in one form or another. 

But a BIG part of it is this: I'm so, so, so tired of being ripped off.

For the second time in the last week I'm having to file a DMCA, this time with, because some asshole has taken something I made and is selling it on a t-shirt. Before this, same image was being sold on Society6 by someone else. These are only the tip of the iceberg. I've had my art used on book covers without my permission, trading cards, and too many t-shirts to count. I had a guy contact me after the fact, to write me a novel explaining why my art was so damn good he had to copy it and do a crappy version of it for a backdrop for some band thing he was working on. Someone else did the same thing with my Red Queen, only they wanted it for Burning Man. With my current day job keeping me busy I don't have TIME to hunt down every single person who is selling my artwork. 

The time has come to start thinking about taking all of it down. Or at least slapping massive watermarks on everything. 

I know that those of you who are reading this are not the people who are stealing my work. I hope. 

But I'm so, so tired of the people who do. It makes me want to stop posting my artwork online. It makes me want to pull down every piece of fan art I've ever done because bizarrely, that's what keeps getting sold on T-shirts and shit. I wish I had the money to hire a lawyer and sue the pants off of every single jackass out there who thought they'd make a quick buck off my back. Or the back of ANY artist out there who keeps finding their work being sold by someone who isn't them. 

I'm going to start with watermarks. 

This is why we can't have nice things. 


Melissa Findley
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Tallahassee


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LlordSsoth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Happy Birthday
thetrappedartist Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :D
TangentExpress Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:party: :cake: Happy birthday! :cake: :party:
Dany-E Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Airborne Happy Birthday Handshake 
        and a Happy New Year! Boogie! 
         Wish you all the best! I love deviantART!

    Hope you have a wonderful day! :D (Big Grin)
pamlaisly232 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
happy b-day Mel!Have your cake and eat it too 
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