Thursday, January 30, 2014

Art Thieves on the internet

1) As long as you have images online, somebody can download them and use them illegally.
I have found a Chinese  Firm that has taken three of my paintings and is making illegal copies of the art work.

Printing Mart is a scam company ripping artist off and selling very poor copies to the buying public by stealing images of art work and making a profit from it.

If you are an artist Please check to make sure you work has not been stolen. If you are a collector avoid the site.

The copyright notice at the bottom of my site, plus the fact that I have posted the images on my blogs with your names is sufficient copyright notice.

Technically, no notice is legally required - I made the work and I own it - but posting a notice on your site is still a good idea. You also have the option of registering your images with the U.S. Copyright office, which gives you a little more legal leverage if you do decide to take legal action for copyright infringement - see


1 comment:

Dave Casey said...

Well, as you said, there is no way that you are going to keep thieves from stealing your work. If it's on the internet, it can be stolen. The only thing you can do is to make it a little less attractive to steal the image. First, you can place a visible watermark on the image. Some shy away from that, saying that it takes away from the experience, but I think it can be done in such a way that it doesn't detract too much. And secondly, you can and should, only post low resolution images on the web. The web displays images at 72 dpi (dots per inch), so posting an image at 300 dpi is a waste and invites the thieves to take you high resolution images.

Or you can just accept the fact that it happens and just tell potential collectors that your art is so good that it is stolen by art thieves all over the world.