Monday, August 4, 2008

I wrote a journal entry on my deviantart about my infringed works a few days ago.

The artist for the CD cover has finally replied. I'm shocked and pissed beyond words.

"Annoying coincidence" my ass.



I shall blog about the artist's reply later tonight, for if I blog now this page will be littered with more upper cases and profanities than I had cursed in a whole year and I prefer if it didn't have to turn out that way.

18 comments :

Wailly said...

I knew I saw 'Redemption' somewhere before I found your work on flickr, but never thought that it was downright stolen!!! omg...

Susanne Wehmer is unforgivable selling your photo as her work! Even it has been elaborately digitally altered, it is still your work... don't she understand this? At least she should have done it with another model, another shoot. This is outrageous!

The cases in Vietnam and Jakarta, really not much you can do... These are like the kingpins of knockoff and piracy; they pretty much do everything from Chanel to LV to Nike with zero regards of legal and morals.

Hmm, I'm not familiar with this route, but have you consider to have an agent to represent your work?

Amateur said...

I really like your work. What type of equipment do you use to shoot? Your shots are amazing!

ØŦĀĶŬ-ČĦĂŅ said...

Um...um!? Wow....how lame. That person obviously has no consideration for other peoples work.

Yes, I think it would be good if you kind of calmed down first before ranting a bit. *Pat* *Pat*

riverstyx said...

what?!?! that bull!! conincidence, my... they used ur shot exactly, and are just trying to cover it up. dodgy B***.

ah, thats really bad about ur pay! :( sorry girl

Jun said...

i guess that's one of the risk of publishing your work online, it's accessible to public. having studied about intellectual property rights (it's a legal law) and so on, it's difficult to pursue cases in different countries which do not have such rules. you could probably get copyright for your work, or mail it to yourself, check out their country's intellectual property rule.

http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com

i suggest you visit this website to get a more valuable feedback from talented artists who had been in the same situation as you.

amandalim said...

i would say the most shameful one out of the lot would be from the artist Susanne Wehmer. She should better understand the value of ones work more than the rest.

thailand t-shirts - can't really do too much about it. Too much piracy going on over there.. probably selling for less than $5, it might potentially promote your work actually!

In your last post you said you had pirated comics! :o

All the best

b said...

Sussane is really unforgivable, an artist stealing another artists' work. Totally a shame.

About the Jakarta t-shirts...well speaking as an Indonesian myself, this really can't be helped. The country is practically full of piracy..songs shirts movies bags..you name it

all the best !

Nik said...

If you saw the sizes of the majority of my photos on Flickr (or a site) it is the maximal size - more it is impossible - there is many of programs which without effort will increase the size to greater party...(I publish greater sizes only those works by which did specially for free distribution. Protect the photos "watermarks" on images.And the most important - do not place on the sites the best works.

Nik Nikopol

=::~+Reiko+~::= said...

What the~ X_X
Never knew artist will become a copy cat... some more a thief!!!
Really un-professional!!!
Sorry couldn't help you about it.... Not familiar with laws and copyrights...
But will help you to spread the words...
Take Care!

henrik said...

Copyright law are mostly national but a part of it is international. And if im not entirely mistaken a derived artwork which is obviously using a copyrighted piece as reference (such as your photograph) is considered a copyright violation.

I would consult with a lawyer specializing in copyright infringements. If you don't know one, a good place to look for one would be with any professional photographers association. They usually have legal advice in these matters and sometimes even for non-members.

Sad thing to see indeed and it does happen. And will probably happen again considering how extremely good and original your works are.

dante direnç said...

80%. That's really something.
As it is you don't seem like the type who curses a lot. (I do XD)
I repeat, Susanne Wehmer's art will disturb me for nights to come.
The cover can't be a coincidence, methinks. And if it is, it would mean he plagiarised the work of someone who plagiarised it before him. Second-degree plagiarism. -.-

Natalia said...

That's just completely unfair--and kinda stupid how they think that they can pass it off as a 'coincidence!' The blind guy down the street knows that it's the exact same picture!

I hope things really get better for you; you're phenomenally talented and shouldn't be treated this way.

Nik said...

P.S. As I am connected and with design and have a acquaintance with working in this sphere of designers,which take the majority of similar photos from collections (CD, DVD - "clip art") and pay for these disks (the truth small money), but legally they "buy" at the manufacturer of disks...Presence of a small copyright in the bottom of your photos can be cut, only presence of a copyright (watermark) on the image can testify to authorship as removal of this sign will leave those or other traces on the image.
Concerning gallery is easier - enough examination of images...

Nik Nikopol

Wounded Healer said...

Have a look at this:

http://www.photoattorney.com/2008/06/photographer-gets-12-million-verdict.html

Hope everything works out for you...
JPL

T__T said...

I advised you to take down your photos from Flickr or at the very least as someone else has said, protect yourself with watermarks. Not only is it easy to steal photos from Flickr, its api has been sold to other companies, making all photos on the site itself at risk for copyright infringement.

Read http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2008/07/07/how-every-flickr-photo-ended-up-on-sale-this-weekend/ for more info.

Lawrencezx said...

you are amazingly good with photography. It really makes me feel envy because I'm a photography lover too. But I'm just at entry level.

Photofocus2u said...

It's really unbelieveble !! I mean it's a shame that you have to put a chain or a bomb around youre photographs to make sure it won't be stolen :S Even I re-sized and put a watermark on my photographs on my official website. I still have to do that on DA. But I am still lucky that I am not that famous on the I-net. Owh really when I heard about youre art theft I really wanted to .. arg #@! !!! hate art thiefs

B.a.b.o.o said...

I'm a Vietnamese and I'm very sorry about my national publisher downright stealing your work.

Maybe you can give me detail of that publisher. I'll see if I can help. Not attorney or anything but it's common to log complaint about infringement of copyright. My email is vmtblossom@yahoo.com

It'd be hard to hold someone liable for privacy if the source is obscure. However, if it's major publisher, things should be done without any significant difficulty. It's not hard reclaim copyright especially when you can contact your embassy in Vietnam.