I’m freaking out about an interview on Friday.. because its art related and that means being judged on the one thing I think I’m best at and its just
I am! Here is the map I posted last week with my location http://kaceymeg.tumblr.com/post/90602005262
I have done my research, looked into options and realised there is nothing I can do. If it were just this one listing, I would… however I have now discovered that it is a large manufacturer mass producing and distributing my image as a large sticker, and this is not the only listing. I feel very defeated at this point.. I guess this is the risk of posting online (even when you heavily watermark and upload a low res?)
From this, I plan on creating more original artwork. I would like to be known for my own creations. I love creating fanart for myself, and I love peoples reactions when I can give a different perspective on their favourite character etc. I have fallen under the mindset that I won’t be able to make money if no one can relate. However it does become hard to protect my artwork when it is fanart.
Thanks for the advice and support. I apologise if I’ve said anything silly, my head is still fuzzy from this illness!
If you would like to show some support for me as an artist, I have a society6 and redbubble with various artworks and products (fanart and not).
And here is a wall of shame under the cut, these are the various listings I found.
I have received a lot of good advice, and I thank you all very much. Once I’ve recovered a bit more I will take action.
I do not thank you for this advice though, anon.
This kind of mind set is very poor. I am gaining no “free publicity” with this. No one buying this item knows it is my artwork, there is no credit or any connection to an artist.
Never should one have to stand for this kind of behaviour and do nothing. Allowing this just gives other people the idea that it’s okay, and continues to devalue to worth of us artists. We already have a hard enough time being paid what we rightfully deserve.
So no, unless I have given permission, no one should be able to use my art for profit. I will gain the publicity myself.
Hello! Forgive me if my words are messy today, I’m fighting a really stubborn nasty flu cold thing!
This was brought to my attention http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jake-Finn-Adventure-Time-Apple-Macbook-Air-Pro-13-15-Vinyl-Sticker-Decal-/281104413395
Which is artwork of mine, I have it heavily watermarked http://kaceymeg.tumblr.com/post/35447026322 and the first version http://kaceymeg.deviantart.com/art/What-time-is-it-311595026
I’d love to know who carefully removed that watermark and somehow made it a high enough resolution to sell that large.. not as important though. They’ve made over $1000 on this one sticker.
I sent a message asking for the user to remove it, linked to my artwork etc and this is the response I received
"Hi Kacey, our legal’s council has advised us that you should register your complaints with eBay should you believe you own the copyright to Adventure Time and its derived or inspired artwork.
I have noticed that this sticker is sold in vast quantities on eBay and across the web. I am not at liberties to disclose our suppliers as per our store policy without an Australian Court Order. I can however, assure you that we do not manufacture this and we are reselling it under a retail license for which the manufacturers are assumed to have.
I do not like stolen artwork as well- we use to have a whole lot of self-made wall stickers which others have copied and have now sold. We did not pursue the matter as we were unable to justify damages and cost of legal council. I do regret that if we removed every single complaint without proper legal channels, we would have a lot of malicious attacks on our store.
I can honestly advise you to seek legal advice should you believe there is sufficient damages done to your alleged artwork. Damages is generally calculated in Australia as your evidence of the damages caused by the unauthorised use of your artwork and the lost of sales/brand name to you and/or your business.”
I am a little lost as to what I can do now. I understand that I do not own adventure time, it is fanart. However… they do not either? This is technically a bootleg item right? There is no way I will seek legal advice over this cause who can afford that anyway, not any freelance artist I know.
I’m really quite ill right now, so a lot of what they’ve said isn’t making much sense but I am rather upset over these excuses and the fact that I feel any further action would be useless.
So I come to you tumblr, any advice? Is ebays report system worth it? Is there anything I can do.
Thank you kindly
I just had the most amazing talk with my mentor and a former member of Lucasfilms, Terryl Whitlatch an hour ago and god shes amazing and the actual best. The advice she gave me just helped to boost my confidence level so look out, ill be bringing the art fury!
Three big tips for upcoming artists Terryl mentioned that I would like to share with you all:
*Keep building the portfolio if you want your place in the industry, even if you land a pitch or get the job it will take you even further to keep practicing.
*Constantly explore new ideas while your skill is fresh. Study all the programs and dip your hands into many different oppertunities. Its what separates the amateurs from the professionals.
*NEVER EVER EVER LOSE HEART. Be patient. Your chance is out there and you will spend a good portion of your time preparing for it! Your not a failure if you haven’t achieved your goal yet, it just means you need a little more seasoning for the big moment!