Art theft

So this week I discovered that a Stephen King themed piece of art I created in 2014 is being sold as a T-shirt by a bootleg company.

These scum basically stole the art (most likely from the Facebook post I put up when I created it two years ago), changed out the handwritten titles with a computer font, but kept the King drawing I did. They even poorly photoshopped it onto a photo of the man himself!

Sold through a back channel through teefuny.com (a rip of teefury.com) and also via this Facebook page, these arseholes are not only stealing art, but also people’s money, as as far as I can tell, no shirts are being printed. So please, don’t buy any shirts from any of these sites!

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A screengrab of my stolen artwork (apparently on sale as a t-shirt)

There isn’t much more I can do to get the shirt taken down. I could lodge a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint, but I’d have to pay $100 for them to contact a site that only has a limited lifespan and  will probably just reappear in some other form elsewhere. It seems like wasted money, that I’m not prepared to throw away.

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The original art above

An artist friend told me I should take it as a compliment and I guess I’m trying to do that and not get too worked up about it. It was a shock, but I think it was inevitable. And who’s to say that other artworks of mine aren’t being pilfered by other crooks and I’m just not aware? My books are certainly being pirated!

The thing that I can do and have done is delete any old art hosting accounts that I haven’t used in a while and keep it in one central repository. The other thing I can do is be very careful about what art I post on my social media accounts, and limit its access.

Another lesson learned, but it’s still frustrating that people can exploit artists so easily.

Having said that, I’m very grateful to all those people who have come out to support me and report these thieves.

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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