Hello my fellow artists!
The way our profession is treated at times is sickening. No one would dare to claim a free meal at a restaurant in exchange for telling friends that it was tasty and yet in our industry some people do not even bother to ask. Artworks get stolen on a daily basis as if this was a natural thing to do, as if art grows on trees or is generated with a single button click in mysterious apps like Photoshop.
Illustrators, designer, concept artists, animator and many others are the backbone and face of one of the biggest industries on this planet, Film, games, toys, you name it, most products need a design and milliards are made every year.
We are not talking about some kids who use artworks to beautify their homepages, no, we are talking about other industry professionals who steal our artworks for commercial purposes. Stolen artworks are being used as Book covers, in games, illustration articles, being used as a reference for new concepts, poster prints, t-shirts and so on, endless list.
We discuss and reveal some of the facts regarding
- baiting with free exposure
- Art theft
- Protecting your work
- fooling artists with asking for help to develop 'free' projects
A big number of artists, especially young artists are constantly being ripped off, underpaid or not paid at all, lured into contract traps, lured with exposure, get their artworks stolen.
Having a great number of members we can do many things about it and be sure, things DO need to be done unless you want to find yourself one day working at a gas station in order to support your 'dream' job as Artist. Having a great number means having a strong voice, a international infrastructure, access to information on various subjects around the world and legal advice . We can help each other dealing with various issues, collect and share information and facts and deal with art theft.
Every artist is free to join and post up some experience here, issues, links to stolen art, warnings, tips.
This is a good thing! Let us all try to help each other! Invite your fellow artist friends to join.
Trust me, it will make a huge difference writing a little mail of complaint on your own or having a gigantic family of thousand of artists behind you.
join the international artist group against art theft