9gag theft (again)

Hey everyone, 9gag has stolen my work again and despite my DMCA takedown notice (sent out on tuesday) they have ignored my wishes so far and reposted the comic on their facebook page today… They earn about $14,000 per day (probably more) from ad revenue through stolen content like mine that creates their traffic. I’ve reported it to facebook, but who knows how long it will take for it to be removed.

Since I can’t afford a lawyer and this is the 5th or 6th case of theft they are responsible for, I thought I’d share in case some of you guys might want to leave a comment on their page. Maybe if enough people make a stink regularly, it’ll encourage some to think about it a little.

I know this is getting old, but I refuse to go down without a fight at the very least! I am sorry it’s been mostly art theft on my blog lately instead of actual new art…

Big Thank you to the people who send me a message about this btw! Old or new fans, I am eternally grateful for your support!

Mikiko

gift for my sister. ♥ 

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This week’s been a bit too crazy. Art theft (5 cases) no sleep, bad schedules, and lots of socialising… I also caught a cold. OTL Probably having a tiny mini burn out right now. 

Just letting you guys know why things may get a bit quiet on here for a bit.

Project coming up soon…. :) 

Art thieves (again) Resolved.

Hi everyone,

Just a heads up, the Ukrainian theft has been solved. they’ve removed the work, apologised and promised not to do it again. 
They seem to be in a rural area, where no one really is very familiar with how copyright works. Apparently my letter and invoice (which I have cancelled after the apology) scared them enough to make them think. 

This is all I wanted. :) 
Thanks for those who translated for me and helped me clear it up!
I will remove these posts soon to focus on art once again. 

Mikiko

http://youtu.be/xMj_P_6H69g

Before anyone else feels the need to tell me I am ‘begging’ for money by having a patreon, please watch this video instead. 

Important for you artists/creatives out there, trying to make a living.

Tall Friends… ♥ Birthday gift for my best friend. :}

Here’s a personal recommendation: Wakfu, the animated series. 
Apparently the English version is available on netflix (original is French) … ♥ _ ♥

Work in progress for a project/client. :3 More info coming soon…

Selling Fanart illegal?

I got another question regarding the selling of fanart which I thought is worth mentioning as well.

Most fanart is, once you sell it, a copyright infringement as you are using intellectual property of someone else to make money (aka: theft).

Many companies however, see fanart as free advertisement, tolerate it, and as a result, the trend of drawing and selling fanart at cons and online has become very popular.
But some companies do send out a cease and desist, and they are completely in the right when they do. If this happens, you should remove those works immediately.

The only time this is ‘safe’ is when your work is a parody of the original. 

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Art theft vs. Sharing and basic copyright

Hey everyone, 

Even though the issue with the art thieves is not yet resolved, I got a few messages that made me think this post might be useful/necessary for all you artists out there. It’s just a short summary but hopefully it will clear up some questions.

What’s copyrighted on the internet? 
Almost everything is copyrighted. The moment a person creates, they own the rights to whatever they created, be it art, writing, photography, design etc. (exception: Work made for hire and others listed below.)

What can I use?
•Everything you make yourself.
•Things the creator explicitly encourages to use or share. (No comment, note or reply does NOT mean it’s okay to use!)
•”Free art”. There’s specific websites that offer art for free use. make sure it’s trustworthy and not a scam. (stock, textures, photoshop brushes are very popular to offer for free)
• art you purchased the rights/licence to. 
Public domain. (Rights have EXPIRED. Example: Works of Shakespeare, Beethoven. Does not mean things that are publicly available on google!)

Sharing my work (careful: every artist is different!)
• sharing my stuff is okay, as long as my website/watermark/signature is not removed and the image is not tampered with in any way.
• an extra link back is highly appreciated
• Please do not use my art in any controversial context (politics, ideologies, religion etc) without getting my permission.
• asking beforehand for permission is really polite and appreciated!

Theft 
• art is used in ads, promotion, print, and sold, or used to make sales. (all commercial uses are illegal)
• art is modified and tampered with. (watermark slapped on/removed/image is traced)
• artist is not credited, or credit (a link in description for example) is removed. This is not theft per say, but highly disrespectful. It makes the image get lost on the internet and is the reason people like to give the excuse “But I found it on Google!”

Remember also that you  always keep ALL your rights to your work  unless you write/sign a contract and give away or sell your rights to someone. 

Hope this helps some of you out there. Know your rights! 

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Art thieves (again)

dragon-aria:

mikikoponczeck:

Hi,

I am currently trying to find a way to contact two thieves, both who have touched up my art and either slapped on their own watermark, or used it in advertising. Sadly, I don’t speak ukrainian or vietnamese, so I can’t find a way to contact these two thieves:

Ukrainian thief
Vietnamese thief

Neither have asked me beforehand and all I need is an adress so I can send them a cease and desist. Any help would be appreciated!

Also, since I can’t read either language (google translate is not too helpful) I can’t tell how severe these cases are. for private use, I USUALLY allow it when it’s linked back respectfully. It’s just rude not to ask, and even worse to slap your own name on it.

thanks,
Mikiko

I’m Vietnamese, and very sorry about the art thieving. What they said in their captions was about the benefits of Tae kwon do (as in the martial art), so basically your art was used as an illustration for the topic.

I’m sure this happened because of the ignorance in copyright laws (except for artists, most Vietnamese people don’t even have the concept of copyright in their minds). 

I’ll try to contact them about this. 

Hey, thanks for letting me know! I feel in this case, all I would ask for, is for them to use MY url and a link back. The fact that they put their own on top is inacceptable. 
I too believe Martial arts is a great thing for many, so the image can stay, as long as I am credited properly. Usually I am not too strict as long as the images are not tampered with (and it’s non-commercial use), but I would always want to be asked first.

Thanks again for helping me out! I really appreciate it. ♥

((Will delete this post later once this is resolved. Tumblr is a bit difficult for messaging, sorry!))

Art thieves (again)

Hi,

I am currently trying to find a way to contact two thieves, both who have touched up my art and either slapped on their own watermark, or used it in advertising. Sadly, I don’t speak ukrainian or vietnamese, so I can’t find a way to contact these two thieves:

Ukrainian thief
Vietnamese thief

Neither have asked me beforehand and all I need is an adress so I can send them a cease and desist. Any help would be appreciated!

Also, since I can’t read either language (google translate is not too helpful) I can’t tell how severe these cases are. for private use, I USUALLY allow it when it’s linked back respectfully. It’s just rude not to ask, and even worse to slap your own name on it.

thanks,
Mikiko