Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Hey, that illustration is pretty good.

Top: My illustration. Bottom: Ripped-off illustration.
(Click image to view larger version)

This "designer" from Bogota, Colombia, liked my illustration so much that he used it without paying or asking for permission. It is yet another example of how easy it is to plagiarize anyones work from the internet. Also, of how many people out there are more than willing to steal other artists work and take full credit for it without giving it a second thought.

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about this, even with my work having been copyrighted. The time and money I would have to spend to take a small company or individual to court is hardly worth it. Perhaps, if it was on a massive scale for a commercial product or huge company I may consider it. This guy probably got $20 bucks to do the design and it's likely that he would never be able to afford the copyright infringement fines, which means I would not be compensated anyway.

The one thing I have done is contact the hosting company for any website that I've found to have been plagiarizing my work. Several weeks ago I sent out a slew of notices to web hosting companies to ask that they delete the images from sites they host and they were all very responsive. My work was taken down from all of the websites within a few hours.

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