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Earlier today Marcio Takara found out that some jerk was taking his artwork and selling it on T-shirts, you can read about that here: marciotakara.deviantart.com/jo…

Well just now I found out from Tristan xenothrope.deviantart.com/ that the same jerk has taken the Watchmen Peanuts piece and has put it on a T-Shirt for his own profit.   Now I know I kind of abandoned the piece a couple months ago, but regardless I'm pissed because it's still got my signature on it.  And apparently the printing process can't handle the original piece because the colors have somehow been dumbed down.  Look here: cgi.ebay.ca/Watchmen-Peanuts-C…

I don't know what kind of action I can take if any, but this kind of thing has really got me steamed.  I'd really hate to start putting a watermark on everything but if that's what it takes.  GRRR.  If nothing else, everybody go let this guy know what a jackhole he is.
  • Mood: Anger
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MikePMitchell Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
I've had similar stuff happen with my t-shirt designs. You can google some pretty nasty legal shit to send him. The first would be a cease and desist (which usually does the trick). The person he really needs to watch out for is the people who own the rights to the characters. The peanuts/watchman thing is a double whammy.

Good luck nailing the bastard.
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DocShaner Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artist
Ha, thanks Mike!
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MarkStegbauer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll take this dude out for ya man. Black bag job from the grassy knoll, that'll do the trick.

Thieves are a scummy lot. I had a piece lifted this past fall, and found the guy online. He was trying to tell me the piece was public domain since it was an established character. Since I could do anything with the character, he could do the same with my art. I told him to pretty much stop, and then had a friend of mine who is a no practicing lawyer to send him an email. the guy pretty much crapped himself after that and the art disappeared offline. I still keep my eye on the pos every now and then.

Punk ass bitch. Hate 'em!!!
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DocShaner Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Artist
Apparently a couple folks here on dA are in the legal practices because they've already been looking into it for me. Thanks buddy.
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JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Artist
I've had a few calls from parties interested in re-printing my "The Last Happy Meal" piece, most recently a university in Oregon who wanted it for a publication that would serve as the text for a course. I said as long as they paid me a fee that I'd allow it. And as is always the case, they never responded after that, leading me to think that they either dropped the idea or ran the cartoon without my permission because they knew I couldn't find them.

The moral of this story is that people suck. You can't create anything in this world without someone trying to steal it from you. And if there's any justice in this world (which I have yet to see proven), this guy will man up, apologize to you, then get the boot from Ebay. I'll be watching....
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DocShaner Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Artist
Urgh, people. Sometimes man...

Thanks buddy.
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Georgia-O-Queef Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see a LOT of stolen art on ebay. Feh.

and then on top of that, the shirt is bland as hell. I mean, the main image is super small ,faded, and surrounded by stark blackness. Reported
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DocShaner Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Artist
Yup, exactly. Thanks!
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oezo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Marcio has been having this problem for quite some time, it sucks man... there's GOT to be something he could do...
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jaybhoi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
that is terrible news...
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