Recently I have discovered my art work being used and sold without my permission on various sites like Etsy, Redbubble, and Ebay!!! This is very upsetting to me and I know this has happened to countless other artists! Please help put an end to it! If you plan on selling artwork, create it yourself or ask permission from the original artist! Just because it's on the internet DOES NOT mean it is "fair game" even if it is fan art or art inspired by a movie or book! You can prevent this by RESEARCHING the artwork featured on an item online before purchasing it! You can easily put the image into google image search and see if the image appears from many different sources, if so it is possible it could be stolen. Look for the original source. Most likely one of the first results will be the original posting of the artwork. If there is still a question, DO NOT purchase the item and report it to the site it is being sold on. If the seller DID in fact create the reported the artwork the issue can be resolved between the seller and the site. This requires a little work on your part, but it will help end art theft on the internet. I know that art theft wil never end entirely but we can all make a HUGE difference if we edcucate ourselves. I hope that other artists will join me in the fight to end art theft!
We can make a difference!!!