*Writes DMCA notice* It's like every other week I get a note from someone informing me of art theft. *Sends email*
Recently, I've been informed of someone using my Cheerilee and Big Mac picture on redbubble to sell a t-shirt. In fact, here's a link if you want to take a look: www.redbubble.com/people/eden5…
. I have no problems defaming this thief. Also, that link might go no where if redbubble complies with my DMCA request. A few months back, I was informed that someone was using my derpy picture in a welovefine contest. I didn't find any copyright information relating to the welovefine contest so I wasn't able to do anything about it. In this and the above instance, my work was poorly stolen. The Cheerilee and Big Mac picture is discolored and looks like the thief used select color range on the entire image to get rid of the white background. It seems the thief learned photoshop from the You Suck at Photoshop videos on youTube. The thief on welovefine just crops derpy's head. None of my pictures are designed for t-shirts (because I suck at design) and these nitwits expect to make money from it by making it worse? STEAL SMARTER! Either that or get a job. There's always a need for demeaning manual labor.
I'm not surprised by art theft. It's bound to happen and it'll probably happen again. Maybe I shouldn't be bothered by it and just say it's flattering. When I am bothered by it, how far am I allowed to claim that fanart is mine? Legally, copyright protects an expression of an idea in tangible form but does it apply to art expressing characters you don't own? Obviously, I can't sell pony t-shirts unless I pay Hasbro licensing fees or (correct me if I'm wrong) sign up for welovefine as an artist. I can't sell books of my Chrono Trigger comics because we all know Square will come down on me like they did with that fan recreation of the game. I'm also paranoid my sites hosting those images will get the DMCA shaft. On the positive side, I'm not the only one creating fanart and trying to stop that is like trying to stop explosive diarrhea.
The other purpose of this entry is to address the issue of using my art for your derivative works. I've been meaning to address it for a while now but I haven't really gotten around to it. If you want to use any of my work in your derivative works, I will most likely allow it. Most of the pony pictures I do are derivative works too. It doesn't hurt to send me a note and ask. If you don't ask for permission or give me credit for it somewhere, other people will call you out for stealing it. They will send me a note informing me of it and I will have no choice but to report it. This paragraph might sound discouraging but you'll get more discouragement when people call you out for stealing.