There is a print on demand service called TeeChip which users profit from stolen artwork, sold without artists consent. The most probably it is done by the users, not site runners, but it is quite hard to take a stolen artwork down - judging by comments in journals at dA - which puts owners in question, too. (links to journals & comments below). You will not find the items for sale via search engines on their site, they advertise it on social platforms like Facebook, under the guise of fan pages. Chances are you have already seen it, if not check this group - especially LotR & Hobbit inspired artists:
www.facebook.com/pg/Awesome-Ho…
or at their page:
teechip.com/stores/tlotr

Don't buy there and tell others to avoid it! First - images were stolen. If it wasn't enough for a reason - the prints cannot be of a good quality if it is printed from low resolution images saved for web. Google reviews - people who never got their order or received something worse/less than they paid for.

Check if your art is there, inform artists whose work you recognize. And discourage people from buying from that shop!

More about it from people whose work has been stolen and posted for sale at TeeChip:
:thumb655638885: TEECHIP Art ThievesOh great, now it's a freaking best seller
https://teechip.com/picachuevee-6742#id=2000&c=000000&sid=gloss-poster-11x17
i guess that's why they are ignoring all my emails, they are making too much money off of it.
I've sent them 2 copyright infrigement emails and have received no reply. One was using an online form that was written specifically for this kind of copyright claim and still nothing. I am sick and tired of this artwork being sold. 
That print [link] is a huge print that could have only been printed at that quality if they had the original file, which i only gave via my Patreon campaign https://www.patreon.com/yuuza 
I'd hate to think someone is my patron just to steal my high quality JPGs and sell them, but i don't see any other explanation for this. Maybe it's a photomanipulation? I don't even know, i


And information what to do:
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and directly regarding TeeChip site - in a comment by Remiaro
comments.deviantart.com/1/6579…

Update

Another advice and a DMCA letter example you can use - at Tumblr by effingdecaf.tumblr.com
effingdecaf.tumblr.com/post/14…


:bulletred: Remember to sign/custom watermark your images - put your name on it. (Also for those who will find your artwork somewhere on the web and will wonder who did it.) Copyrights sign and website URL (if you have one) are a good idea, too. I think dA watermark is not enough in such case. Also with custom watermark you can choose where you want to place it on the image to not disturb the viewing while making it visible.
:bulletred: Don't post high resolution images online - I noticed some of you offer really large scans in download. While I love to check those to see details this way you make it easier for art thieves. Resize images for web and save it in 72 DPI, do not post original scans. Digital artists should resize their images, too. Of course smaller, non-printable images can be stolen and offered in print, too, but nothing good will come in result.
:bulletred: What size to choose for online presentation is another question. Our screens work in higher and higher resolutions, so this is changing.

For more information I recommend these journals :thumbsup:
To Watermark or To Not Watermark.....A few questions to ask yourself first.
A. Do you value your own artwork?
B. Are you proud to tell the world you created your own artwork?
C. Do you value other peoples artwork enough to not steal?
The answer to all of these should be YES!  (If its no MySpace is that way --> :yum: )
Its a sad fact but un-watermarked large pictures are a rippers dream come true... DA is a proven gold mine for anybody wanting to take up art theft as a hobby, and just because you have a written disclaimer in your description stating that your artwork is not to be redistributed hardly makes a difference.  Anybody who has browsed the net or received a dreaded note stating that your art has been ripped will know intimately how disheartening and sickening it is, and what an almost futile fight it is to try and get the artwork removed or the ripper shut down. Watermarks don't have to be horrible clunky things that destroy the artwork its supposed to be protecting, and they really could mean
& ATB - An alternative to watermarks: MetadataWe have all seen watermarks on images, here on dA and around the internet.  And even though they have become a necessary step in the aid of preventing art theft/misuse of art, they are not always ideal.  It's really hard to signature or watermark an icon that is 50x50 pixels and still show it off, for example.  And even in larger pieces of art, sometimes they just look ugly or, like the watermark option offered by dA, take up too much of the image.
So what is the alternative?
Metadata
Metadata is data that can be added to an image file.  As you will see in my little walk through below, a variety of information can be added, from original artist's name, date of creation and location to terms of use, copyright information to contact information.  This is a handy tool to add ownership of your image to the file without taking anything away from the image; no watermark that could be removed or cropped.  The data added just becomes a part of t

If you don't have a program to edit/watermark artwork use Gimp or Artweaver, they are both free.

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And by the way - another warning about a scam page you should be aware of - don't go to that page, just read the journal:
payposter.com/[[DON'T CLICK IT!]]UPDATE March 2, 2017: Okay so apparently there's been an uptick in activity on this journal and while I don't really have anything further to say I do ask that you read the whole journal before asking questions as I think a lot of questions are already answered within the context of this journal. 
I know people are still panicking about this site but don't -- Just sign the petition and move on -- https://www.change.org/p/department-of-justice-shut-down-payposter-com
 
Don't file reports on it, don't go searching on it, just sign the petition and be done. The less revenue and traffic that PayPoster gets the better. 
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Okay so I have seen and been noted about my work being posted and 'sold' on the website -- http:// payposter. com/ DON'T CLICK THE LINK If you find it -- Seriously... Don't.
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SterlingKato Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
I can't help but feel like very many of these sites stealing work and selling it are phishing sites -- More so when they know people will be very unhappy about their stuff being stolen and peddled off for pennies. 
Clever scheme but very immoral and completely illegal. 

Cheers for spreading the word though!
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2017   Digital Artist
It is possible they are phishing for data as well, that's why I like the idea from Spudfuzzs journal better - to send DMCA to their internet provider. What will work though I don't know. Some people as I see gave up, because when they close one "campaign" another one appears.
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MorellAgrysis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope that they'll fail into hands of justice soon.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017   Digital Artist
The most important thing is to educate people to stop buying form such sites which do not credit original artists*, but instead looking for original creator's galleries - start search for prints from the source.

*(And the most probably rip them, but not in all cases - sometimes artists agree to get no credit, like in some campaigns in Design by Humans licensed stores.)
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MorellAgrysis Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I have understanding for few small stealings, like when people take my OCs and create their own stories with them,(I'm fan of some of them) but to make whole shop from it is nothing good.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017   Digital Artist
Not sure if I understand the OC comparison.
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