Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Art Theft Running Rampant

Maybe it's a sign of the economic times but it has happened to me too. This guy is selling my work on an auction site without my authorization. I had copyright notices on all my work but he just photoshopped them out.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-collectables/Militaria/WWII-earlier/auction-215309659.htm

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-collectables/Militaria/WWII-earlier/auction-215308502.htm

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-collectables/Militaria/WWII-earlier/auction-215308752.htm

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-collectables/Militaria/WWII-earlier/auction-215309095.htm

I've managed to report him to the site owners so I'll have to see how long it takes to remove the stuff. I'd like to get on there and give him my opinion about what he's doing but membership is only open to New Zealanders and Australians. I suppose I could make up an Australian address and create a bogus registration for the sole purpose of confronting the guy but I don't feel comfortable representing myself under false pretenses. I think it would only hurt my credibility with my copyright claim.

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