FOUND ANOTHER LISTING SELLING MY STOLEN WORK. THIS TIME ON DHGATE.COM. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE!!
I really hate making these posts but it must be done.
My original posts of this Team Fortress 2 series can be found here:
Thank you for taking the time to read this and be alert. I really wish I could be doing more artwork instead of making these posts (please bear with me as I have several things I need to take care of this month before I can get back to doing artwork regularly). Getting the word out is important and I think this needs to be address before anything else.
It seems like most of the listings are still up but the items are no longer available for purchase.
EXCEPT THIS LISTING IS STILL ACTIVE. I DO NOT KNOW WHY IT’S STILL EVEN AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE (SAME SELLER, TWO DIFFERENT LISTINGS FOR SAME ITEM):
AGAIN, THE IMAGES USED ON THIS MOUSEPAD ARE STOLEN ART FROM ME. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE. I DO NOT KNOW THIS SELLER AND NEVER GAVE PERMISSION!!
I AM STILL VIGILANT OF THESE OTHER LISTINGS EVEN IF THE ITEMS ARE NO LONGER FOR PURCHASE:
My original images are here and here . I’ve recently started putting watermarks on them (as of 1/30/2016) because of the crap and theft that’s happened. They have never been mashed and warped into a single image like this!
Thank you so much everyone for your support in this matter thus far with helping to signal boost this and take a stand. I am overwhelmed at the responses I’ve been getting from my audience members and the general public. It’s been an incredibly frustrating and mentally exhausting ordeal being in a situation that some unknown persons are profiting off of your work and creativity without even so much as having the courtesy to ask for permission (let alone not getting any response when reporting the theft and wrongdoing). Knowing that people do care about art theft and will not stand for such illicit activities to continue is what gives us artists’ strength and not be discouraged from creating.
Unfortunately, art theft continues to happen every day to artists by opportunistic thieves looking to make a quick buck off other people’s work. Please continue to be vigilant and responsible buyers when shopping for artwork. Your direct patronage to the artist or his/her legal, authorized vendors goes to his/her housing, food, various other bills and everyday living expenses. Buying from thieves is not only wrong, but absolutely ZERO financial support goes to the artist for his/her work! Research before you buy, question the authenticity of the listings. When in doubt, search for the artist and ask them if the listing is legitimate, or a case of theft they do not know about. Also make sure to ask if the artist actually made the work available for sale, because in my case I certainly never sold prints or merchandise of this series or any other fan art.
Thank you again for all your kind support and help! If you see more of these type of listings out there on any other site please let me know!
ORIGINAL POST FROM 2/27/2016
PLEASE, DO NOT PURCHASE MY STOLEN WORKS FROM THESE VENDORS, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AFFILIATION WITH ANY OF THESE PEOPLE!
I repeat, THESE IMAGES ARE STOLEN!
I DO NOT SELL FANART (for reasons of copyright)
I HAVE NEVER AUTHORIZED OR GIVEN PERMISSION TO ANY OTHER SELLER/BUSINESS/ENTITY THE RIGHT TO SELL MY WORK (fan art or otherwise).
I have not been able to get these images removed and reporting the infringements went nowhere.
I was hoping to get this infringement issue solved internally and swiftly but it no longer looks like that will be the case. So I am taking my own route in raising awareness to the theft involving my art.
Plus, how all nine of these images are meshed together is not how I would present this series ever, for sale or not.
Please be vigilant and responsible consumers and not be enamored by stolen work that’s illegally produced and offered for cheap without the artist’s consent. Take some time to research before buying. Find out if you are purchasing from a legitimate source or from art thieves.
If you think you see artwork that may be stolen, please let the original artist know so they can take action.
I mentioned this in my previous journal entry but I figured I'd write it here again.
Because of this, I have gone back and put watermarks on all of my art posts for my deviantart gallery. While I know this is not going to fix what’s done in the past (and I’m not very keen on putting watermarks all over artwork myself) but it makes me feel better that I am at least taking some sort of action to protect my work instead of just letting it float out there unprotected. I consider it a bitter lesson learned.
I would like to thank everyone who has reported these thefts and have given me support so far in this difficult situation. It's been a terribly tough and emotionally draining road that has greatly effected my creativity and productivity. I hope to move on from this ordeal and get back to producing more work and doing what I love best.
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