Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bad Start

I would have loved to have started the day with an upbeat cheery post about Saturday and the fun of the Craftacular but these were brought to my attention yesterday evening.


I hate that I'm being made to feel like I don't want to share my work anymore, especially by the magazine of a company I actually like. It makes me so sad.

34 comments:

Maverickapollo said...

What licence did you release them under?

I would contact the company and inform them of the fact that they are copies of your work and ask for some compensation. You might find them very accommodating.

There are certainly options available to you...

Anke said...

Do contact them! I mean usually, if you submit illustrations to a publication you guarantee that they're original. You don't want this illustrator to keep copying you.
And those images are such hideous copies, too! I feel so mad that this has happened to you AGAIN :-(

Apryl said...

contact them.. as they have pay someone for illustrations who has ripped you off instead and claimed the check... it makes thier company look bad because there is no denying that they are inferior copies of your beautiful bird illustrations.

chicadecanela said...

i understand how you feel, it happens to me too often, sucks! Hope there´s something you can do...

Cate said...

What's wrong with people who do stuff like this? Such a blatant rip off. So frustrating. I agree that you should definitely contact them. *sigh*

Sel said...

shame on them!

I agree with the above suggestions that you should call up the company and even if they decides to do nothing about it... ultimately, it's your own work/creation, you'll always be able to come out with more wonderful stuffs whereas the person who copied your work will always be unoriginal.

I'm sorry to hear!

Vicki said...

Oh dear. They're so blatant, it's not even getting carried away with 'inspiration' is it... Agree you should contact them. There's a chance (albeit probably slim) that they might not even be aware that these are so similar to existing works. And if you don't get an appropriate response, then there's no need to be so honorable in keeping the name of the company discreet. Online PR can be powerful.

Good luck.

Kate said...

I read THAT fashion mag last night, noticed the illustrations, and then this morning I see this! Unbelievable.

tekstogtanke said...

It's so sad that people who are supposed to be creative can get themselves to copy another artist straight off. It's an honor to be somebody's inspiration, but this is plagiarism.
I would probably strangle the copycat, but that's not a very good solution and should not be tried at home.

inspireinspire said...

Oh my word! of course you have to contact them!

I've been hearing so many horror stories lately about illustration plagiarism (one involving a UK college grad that shamelessly received an award for her work, containing dozens of stolen illustrations- she didn't even bother to copy them but rather copy/paste the actual images!)

you absolutely must contact ASOS, as I am sure the directors/ceo/ magazine editor have no idea what kind of person they are employing.

P.s I second Anke- these are hideous copies of your beautiful work!

Ulla V. said...

This is so annoying for you. It must be a bit sad too, that someone - who very obviously doesn't have your talent at all - copies your fantastic work.

I hope that you find some kind of a solution to this problem.

Luckily no one can steal the thoughts, humour and love which you put into your pictures. All of this shows so well in your art. :)

Make Do Style said...

Do contact the magazine explain the situation and they are bound by regulatory rules to print an apology. That is all you can achieve but it does signal that you are prepared not to accept almost exact copies. This is not a 'homage' to situation - you don't have any right to an illustration of a shoe nor a pigeon but you do have the right not to have your artwork copied without any reference to you being the inspiration. Someone has copied your work and the magazine can deal with the offending person!

Good luck.

Esther Coombs said...

Oh my gosh these are unbeleiveable, how could someone do something like that, the amount of time they have obviously put in to copying your work should have been spent working on their own unique style, your right to be sad, but don't just get sad get angry and get in touch with the magazine, be polite but stern this is not cool!!

kat said...

definately contact them! what a rip :( who is the magazine that printed them?

Clare said...

It's so unfair that this keeps happening to you. I suppose you can only think that a lot of people must really love what you do and some people just take that way too far. Your originals are so much better, it's an insult.
I hope you will continue to show us your work because I would be so upset to see your blog go.

Good luck with contacting the magazine.

style slicker said...

OMG that's really really bad!!! Unbeliveable!

HollybirdBeads said...

Don't see how it can be accidental to have several images so similar to yours - has to have been copied - and poorly too I might add!!

As Anne Robinson used to say on Watchdog - "Make A Fuss!!" If people think they can get away with copying they'll just keep doing it and other genuinely talented people like yourself will get ripped off. Hang in there xx

Grateful Gramma said...

I'm all for publicly "outing" companies/people that copy work. I agree that online PR can be powerful.

Poppy said...

I tweeted in your direction last night about my disgust over the situation. I saw them in the magazine and thought, my god they look like Kate's stuff. Went on Twitter to tell you and you already knew.
But yeah, definitely get in contact with them and with the illustrator if you can. It's ridiculous that people are producing blatant knock offs of your work...

twodoorsaway said...

I know it's hard not to become influenced by another artist's style or subject matter but this looks like an out an out copy situation.
Thing is they are not exact copies in which case they could tell you to get lost which is so very sad :( the magazine versions are so crap the originals are fantastic.
I feel for you I really do.. what can be done to stop this kind of thing happening?
Nobody has ever wanted to copy my work :) I know of a girl who was on a college art course and lightboxed everything she could get her hands on and she passed the course with barely any original work. She's now heading to art college where she'll no doubt be doing the same unless she gets found out as a talentless fraud!

Laura said...

aww! this is just awful. And it's even worse that it's hard for us artist to afford lawyers to deal with this stuff. I agree with everyone that you should contact the magazine though. They'll most likely be embarrassed that this happened. And you should probably contact the illustrator too. He or she will be incredibly mortified and cease immediately.

I hope you don't stop sharing your work though! Brings such a light into my day to see your sweet birds and witty captions.

BeatricCaldwell said...

I'm sure it's probably some intern or such. It's horrible to be copied, but unless you keep your art in a box under your bed it's bound to happen.

Brightside: At least you're worth copying.

I hope you contact the mag and it turns into some commissions for you.

Shelley said...

Oh no! Theirs are so ugly too! Make sure they pay up...or get someone to make sure they do!

L said...

Your illustrations are so much nicer too :(

Kim said...

Jeez! I don't understand how someone could copy like that, when there's absolutely no room for debate about it being simply "inspired." There's been such a bad rash of plagiarism on the internet, too! Hopefully you have some luck and progress with this case.

knitkicks said...

you should find out who drew them. email the magazine and complain.
it is blatant copying and you need to do something about it.
don't let them rip off your designs!!!

yours are so much nicer. maybe you shouldn't show your designs online, i don't show any of my knitting samples! it would just mean we wouldnt get to see the amazingness of your work :(

Clare said...

I also 2nd (or 3rd/4th etc) contacting the company that published the obviously copied work, maybe they could feature some actual "original" work of YOURS next time around. I would hate for you to quit posting your gorgeous art...I'm a lurker by nature, not a poster & I really, really enjoy your creativity (as does my cockatiel...). However, you could try posting thumbnails of parts of the artwork, maybe not full-images of the originals, but the images are also on Etsy, they could've been pulled from there too. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

You are entitled to some money as this is plagerism and you have the copyright. Contact them and demand compensation. I am agent , I know what I am talking about.

Pelican said...

Hi Kate - your illustrations are fantastic!

Ignore this message if you are not interested, but I am researching a BBC story on internships.

Trawling through Twitter I saw you had a bad experience on work experience with a magazine...which led me to this blog.

If you would like to share any thoughts or experiences with us, we would love to hear from you.
You can email my colleague at emma.simpson@bbc.co.uk.

Fabric Nation said...

really sorry the fun of Bust has been diluted by this. hope it gets sorted out. xx

paulina said...

"The best compliment is imitiation"

Jo Cheung said...

oh no, i hope you get it sorted out.... :( xxx

kelly said...

that's horrible!! and yes, so blatant and second rate. please let us know how this turns out, demand justice!

anie williams said...

Just looking at a few blogs tonight, & this is the 2nd instance of outright theft that's been written about (also at bookbyitscover ). I guess we know that people will rip off whatever they see on the web, being of no talent themselves. & there is a tremendous amount of copying,(forget 'inspired by') sometimes it looks like the same person drew it all. But your drawings have such a unique feel, I didn't think
it could happen. Hope there's been some benefit from it, for you.

 

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