Digital piracy of your images is no joke. Manufacturers, individuals and entities in certain Asian countries are having a ~field day~ at the expense of DeviantArt.
Please check this site here for your images---> www.etsy.com/shop/CoolStyleClo…
I know there are thousands, but I found two of mine there. One is still there: www.etsy.com/listing/173768211…
; Look familiar? It's my "Grinning Cat", which is right here from DeviantArt, in my gallery. Don't bother reporting this image...I've already done it.
That's not the only place. These same items are in Amazon and on eBay, and on a third website as well, and those are just the ones I know of. Look at this: www.amazon.com/S1293-Egypt-Anu…
...and this: www.coolstyleclothing.com/s129…
That'd be the Anubis With Collar that I shared here in October.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I saw a LOAD of fanart-type images from The Legend Of Zelda, Bleach, and anime too numerous to name...all undoubtedly stolen from DeviantArt just like my images were.
The shop sites to check: www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=…
(may take you to the Amazon main page...where you can do a search for a storefront called "coolstyleclothing" www.coolstyleclothing.com/stores.ebay.com/superb-shirt/C…
Want to know what to do? If you see your artwork on one of these phone cases, send what is called a "take down notice". You'll have to print it and sign it and put it in a mailbox the old fashioned way, because it requires an actual signature. Some sites accept an electronic signature. I don't monkey around. I send hard copies.
The wording should go something like this:
Re: Copyright Claim
To the ISP Hosting Company (fill in the name here..Amazon, Etsy...whatever):
I (state your name in full) am the copyright owner of the photographs (or art) being infringed at: (include the pirate's website address, shop address, listing URLs...everything pertinent to your images that have been stolen)
Copies of the photographs being infringed are included to assist with their removal from the infringing websites. (include links to your DevArt images...they're all date stamped and proof of copyright belonging to YOU is at the bottom of each image)
This letter is official notification under the provisions of Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to effect removal of the above-reported infringements. I request that you immediately issue a cancellation message as specified in RFC 1036 for the specified postings and prevent the infringer, who is identified by its web address, from posting the infringing items to your servers in the future. Please be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to “expeditiously remove or disable access to” the infringing photographs upon receiving this notice. Noncompliance may result in a loss of immunity for liability under the DMCA.
I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of here is not authorized by me, the copyright holder, or the law. The information provided here is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I swear under penalty of perjury that I am the copyright holder.
Please send me at the address noted below a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter.
(sign your name in ink here)
(be sure to include all your contact information, including email, phone number, and home address)
No, you can not do this on behalf of other people...it has to come from you, the artist being infringed upon.
No, you do not need a lawyer to do this for you.
No, I do not have the address for Amazon legal handy (or ebay, or Etsy)...all that info is under the "contact" link on their websites.
No, you will not be compensated for any sales that these pirates make from your images...this is just a take down notice. But it will get them to stop using your images. Suing Asian manufacturers is costly and rarely successful.
Disclamer: I am not a lawyer. I'm just providing information that is widely available. Do not contact me in a legal capacity; I cannot serve as an agent for you in your case. You, like me, are on your own.
Edit: has kindly supplied a link for a service that will search a site for pirated images. It will save hours of exhausting searching, as some of these sites have thousands of products. Here's the link: www.tineye.com/