Original image by Katikut : www.deviantart.com/art/Sarabi-…
Here's a page of their 'Lion King' invitations -- www.cherylsinvitations.com/Pag…
Their baby shower invites -- www.cherylsinvitations.com/Pag…
That would be the site...
I've only been made aware of their stealing 'The Lion King' fan art thus far but I'm planning to have a gander through the whole site asap to see if there's other work from other artists of other things on there as well.
I'm going to assume this lady(ies)/girl(s) has/have no idea what copyright law is and it allows her to do and what she cannot do. This would fall under the categories of 'actually illegal' and 'punishable by law on so many levels is ridiculous'.
She's not only taking people's artwork (fan art mostly) as well as copyrighted work...she's selling it for profit and no doubt getting business in the chosen market as well.
This of course is a huge no-no.
You're allowed to make fan art but you cannot sell it or make profit from using copyrighted (actually copyrighted) characters without direct written permission from the original copyright holders. Simba, Bambi, Shrek, Jack Skellington, and all the other more famous characters are copyrighted.
So... I have no idea how to report the site as a whole just yet, I have to find the server/web host for this website first. Still looking into that... For now here is a contact page -- www.cherylsinvitations.com/Pag… for anyone who wants to contact the site and such.
Not sure what good contacting the site will do as they probably won't comply and remove the copyrighted work. Considering 99.8% of the work they're selling is copyright and NOT stock/clip art. They do use some clip art which IS often free use work... however, Disney and all other animation companies are often not too fond of their artwork being used without their say so. More so if it's being used to make money...
This wouldn't be much of a concern enough to post a journal here on dA, however there is artwork of dA artists up there.
I'm pretty sure these people just use a search engine to find the artwork they use, typing in keywords such as 'The Lion King' or 'Bambi' and picking whatever images they think will work; not caring where the image actually comes from or who owns it.
Bad poker my friends... bad bad poker. You can get in a lot of trouble doing that.
Anyway, if you have the time and feel like being helpful you can scour the site for other dA artist's artwork. So far I'm pretty sure a lot of TLK fan artist's artwork is up there in some fashion... but I'm not sure about whose exactly. The only one I've been made aware of is Katikut so...
I don't see any official permission slip from Disney on their page saying there's allowance to use their work for profit so we can safely bet they're just doing it because they think they can.
Disney may not have the time or resources to actually care about this right now but dA artists whose work is being used might :I We don't make millions on our artwork XD
IF you can find the web host for the site that would be key. Let me know so I can send them a report and it would be a good idea if you did as well, if you're so inclined that is.
We hate to see this kind of thing happen to people who may not understand but they NEED to understand that selling people's work is wrong unless you have the right paperwork. This isn't just some dinky page run by some unawares 8 year old (it's far too advanced for that XD) so we can be sure it's run by adults. Adults who should know better...
So please, do what you can to help. Report if you can, get evidence, and spread the word so others and help as well. Maybe we can teach these peeps a little lesson about copyright.
Hope all is well,
UPDATE: I was also JUST made aware of another virtual pet site which has been using artwork as well -- www.rescreatu.com/ I think you have to sign up to report but... apparently my artwork was used as well -___-;;;
I'm not sure the manner in which the work is being used exactly, but I'm looking into it right now to see. Either way, I for one do not allow my work to be used without permission no matter what because I know people can be sneaky about things =/ Not to mention my characters are mine and I use them myself.
I don't even know WHERE to begin or even HOW to search this site for artwork being used =/ I'm told it's in the RP forums and here is how you can contact the site to have it removed -- www.rescreatu.com/rmail/toadmi… but as I said... you'd have to like scour the whole RP forms (all 9,000 of them) to find your artwork -__-;;
When someone emailed them about the theft their reply was as follows:
"You're going to need to clarify what you mean, because no, we are not aware of any theft situation going on. Is someone claiming another's art as their own? Or are they merely linking to it/displaying it? The FAIR USE act is something you might want to read before making an accusation of outright theft."
Well, for one there's the aspect that you can't take artwork without permission :I
So that in and of itself is 'theft'. I don't see how they don't understand that... It's just them playing stupid.
Fair use doesn't entitle you to just take something and use it.
You do have to have permission from the original artist/creator to use it first.
Then if you are found out or asked to remove the stolen works you DO have to comply otherwise the site will be shut down.
I'm NOT attacking the admins of the site here as I'm pretty sure a vast majority (if not all) of them don't know what was going on.
Who I am peeved at are the people that take images that even say "Do Not Use for anything" right on the image and use them for RP's, characters, banners, etc. without asking the artist first.
Almost everyone includes a watermark on their image somewhere so... you should be able to find out who did the image you want to use and see if they allow usage or not.
If you choose not to then you should kind of be prepared to take the consequences when you get caught using something someone doesn't want you to.
-____- People act like they don't know anything piss me off. They do.
"I didn't know that by it saying 'NOT TO BE USED FOR ANYTHING' meant I couldn't use it!"
SO, if you can sign up or want to check and see if YOUR artwork is up there being used go ahead =/ *sigh*
What is wrong with this world today...? Honestly... are people going insane with power over the internet? Good grief!