Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Image Theft: Blingee and ETSY and Another Michael

It seems like it's just open season on screwing artists,so here is my image again amd again and YET again  being used without my permission. 
So I did a blog entry in 2007 and included this image of my painting

and here it is manipulated for use on 
~ Just One Kiss ~
just one kiss pictures

Blingee's community page for anyone to alter and use for ecards etc.

and check this out
and the description says
" Embellished with DETAILS PAINTED BY HAND and small findings to add texture."

Yea, uh huh, , right you steal my image 

 then claim it is your own, notice my signature is on there,  it says cbayrak 09
The seller claims she bought the image from a French Graphic Designer in Belgium, although she would not share who or the website. So taking it down or offering me a percentage on sales means squat if the designer is free to keep selling it elsewhere.
THe seller told me the designer wasn't being malicious, and didn't do it on purpose.

5/16/2013  10am and the new message on Etsy from the seller; 
"By the way, that particular image is freely available on the net, just like millions of others, which is where she says she's found it. She didn't know it was a painting."

How many times has this designer sold my image, and all those who bought it and profiting from it? 
Will I be getting reimbursed for each sale, will I be getting licensing fees for each use by those who purchased the image from this designer?
NO apparently NOT, but hey she didn't do it on purpose and wasn't being malicious, ahem!

Copyright attaches as soon as the original work is created, and applies to both published and unpublished works.
International Copyright Law


Why my image is listed on this site, Another Michael  is a mystery to me. No credit or link that shows this is MY work.

and of course no compensation to me for it's use that may have incurred as a result of being included in this the Another Michael online portfolio.

and it also links to LIV night club.

screen shot of corrine bayraktaroglu artwork used for LIV Nightclub

By the way, this skull painting was included in a group show in New York in  2008 at APW

Above image of my skull has been removed from the Another Michael website


Fayme Zelena Harper said...

Sadly it is happening more and more. And most of us can't hire a lawyer to do anything about it.

Marcia Beckett said...

That is crazy!! How did you find these items?

Found art blog said...

Possibly time for digital watermarking. picmarkr is one I use on my etsy paintings...

Chrissie Marshall said...

I just don't understand these ignorant people who just blatently do this. I hope you get a chance to whup their asses.

JafaBrit's Art said...

Unfortunately at the time I put these images up I wasn't as experienced about watermarking or how to reduce the images small enough to make them less usable. I had however incorporated my signature or sign within the images posted. sigh!

Marcia, if you want to know how I found them I will share via email. jafagirlart (at) yahoo

Marcia Beckett said...

I jist saw your other post about the reverse google image search. I'm scared to try it.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I just learned about it like you from another artist a couple of weeks ago or so and tried it.I was SHOCKED. I had no idea :(

tammy said...

curious about this as i have lots of images online and not do you do a reverse image search?

thanks and good luck....