TeeChip... Sigh. And my webcomic is...........
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:(  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…







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Advent-Axl's avatar
Advent-Axl|Professional General Artist
I'm still reporting people that CLEARLY stole your work.
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MGartist's avatar
MGartist|Professional General Artist
Sorry to hear about the TeeChip situation. But good luck with working on ERA! I've been a fan of your comic for a while and I'm looking forward to reading it! :) 
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Twero's avatar
Twero|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This art staling really sucks. :/
And I do support you to watercolor your submissions around here and any other opensite.
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pawslet's avatar
pawslet|Hobbyist Writer
Dang.  That's stupid that people do that.  I follow a bunch of photography people on Instagram, and a bunch of accounts on there popped up out of no where and are stealing pictures.  Not sure if they're quite at the point of selling them yet, but it's still bad.  So sorry that that has been happening to you. :/
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Jiekkun's avatar
Jiekkun|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That blows ... a damn shame people cant be honest
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
yep :( sigh.  T_T
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Remiaro's avatar
Remiaro|Student General Artist
Heya. Here's a little snippit I grabbed from Spudfuzz.

If you know of any artists who had their artwork stolen and sold on Teechip.com, send them the following: 

TEECHIP ADMINISTRATOR
41454 CHRISTY ST
FREMONT, CA 94538
UNITED STATES
Telephone: 18662510432
Email: [email address hidden]

teechip.com.ipaddress.c...

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.

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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much!! that's really helpful! 
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Cherry-Lane's avatar
Cherry-Lane|Hobbyist Writer
Too bad it can't be a custom  made Watermark
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
i'm probably gonna just put my own :) i think i heard that people can actually get around the DA watermark 
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Radiance-Eternal's avatar
Radiance-Eternal|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Argh. I've been hearing so many artists sharing TeeChip horror stories lately. :( 
Is it really THAT hard to be decent toward people? I can't imagine taking advantage of people's work like this...
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
i dunno :( it's super discouraging. I used to not want to watermark my stuff cause i wanted people to see the art and I didn't mind if people tagged it on their social media or whatever, but now they take it to the next level >_<
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Shreedle's avatar
Shreedle|Hobbyist Writer
Definitely watermark the older stuff. Even if they get shut down, somehow, new websites pop up all the time and watermarking will discourage them from taking it.
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
><;; that's a good point, thank you!! 
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LotoSoretsen's avatar
Sounds more like a phishing-search-engine setup. They make a search-engine to search for images, then when an artist (particularly those who invest a lot to try to protect their own works) attempts to use their "Contact Us" setup, all of the information sent in is stored for them to send out phishing scams/spam-emails to generate more revenue for themselves, also seems to take money from paying-customers as well who want to order t-shirts.
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
yeah :( possibly. i mostly find them on facebook groups though who just share like 20 pictures at once and all of them are linked to pages to buy the shirt/poster version of the art.  it was kind of sad too cause then people reported actually getting the shirt and the art only turned out to be like 3 inches tall since they just stole a jpg while others didn't get the shirt at all -.-  
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Lingwisyer's avatar
Yeah... had a suggested post on Facebook yesterday for TeeChip and was like, "this is totally not legal" when I looked at the page... >,<
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
nopppee :( 
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SpeedyDVV's avatar
SpeedyDVVEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, it might still be worth it to watermark older work.

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.
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suzuran's avatar
suzuran|Professional Digital Artist
ohhh okay. ~___~ i mostly find these on stupid facebook groups where they just collect a bunch of these.  
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SpeedyDVV's avatar
SpeedyDVV|Hobbyist General Artist
Eeech, Facebook groups are awful.

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. >_>

And is.
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OgawaBurukku|Professional General Artist
Dude, it might be time to do a cease and desist letter from a lawyer type, but if watermarking is the best way to go for you, then go for it. I wish there was an Internet Interpol or something so we could have someplace to report art thievery like this.
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