So all of last year Teechip and its crazy art-stealing websites have been going around downloading images from people's galleries and selling them on various things. not to mention that I've heard reports they're a scam website.
I just don't know what to do. It's mostly my Kingdom Hearts artworks that they've been stealing. I'm really sorry but I'm going to start watermarking my work a lot more diligently now. I can't really change images that I've already uploaded since I'm sure they have them saved.
But most of all I would really love to thank all of you who reported the incidents to me!!!! As well as those who go on the facebook posts and tell everyone not to buy from them and link back toward my deviantart. I REALLY truly appreciate it. You guys are the MVPs for the art community.
On happier news...
I'm working on ERA again. I hope you guys look forward to it! On my twitter I'm currently hosting a poll deciding if I should make it into a Visual Novel or not. As Deviantart was one of the first places I've posted Convergence, I'm more than estatic to hear what my first supporters have to say about it
Link to the voting Poll: twitter.com/ireneylee/status/8…
And I do support you to watercolor your submissions around here and any other opensite.
If you know of any artists who had their artwork stolen and sold on Teechip.com, send them the following:
41454 CHRISTY ST
FREMONT, CA 94538
Email: [email address hidden]
Artists who have had their work stolen should contact Enom which licensed their domain. Their contact details are on their copyright policy page. ushostingservices.com/...
"It is our policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances an account or the access rights of a subscriber for repeated copyright infringement, and we also reserve the right to terminate an account or subscriber for even one instance of infringement."
Amazon Technologies (A subsidary of Amazon) is hosting their website so you could probably try contacting them too, however I've found no direct contact info. Might have to get in touch with Amazon customer service and get them to put you on to the right people.
Is it really THAT hard to be decent toward people? I can't imagine taking advantage of people's work like this...
Most of these websites don't actually save images. They're using deviantArt basically as database of potential art.
People search for a specific thing, and the site literally throws the search at deviantArt and gets the results from deviantArt back.
All the images you see are often straight from dA's servers.
EDIT: As for TeeChip specifically, it seems to more be a 'customers can upload their own designs' site. Maybe it wasn't that way last year, but it is now. In which case, it's the customer who would've plucked the images from here.
People from Facebook don't realize THEY are the product. Every image they post, every picture of themselves, every little detail from their life can be sold by Facebook on a whim. >_>