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A Harry Potter Facebook fan page called hpotterfunfacts (please feel free to spread the word about their ethics!) took it upon themselves to rip off my Pokémon Patronus images and sell them on mugs. I was careless, and uploaded fairly large images with no overlapping watermark to Facebook and DeviantArt. Not high-res enough for say shirts or posters, but big enough to go into the 3 inch print space of a mug just fine. I've re-sized all my images and applied watermarks. I hate obscuring art with watermarks, so I apologise for the ugliness going forward. But there are some nasty Slytherins out there who can't be trusted, so unfortunately precautions are necessary. (#notallslytherins - no offense, friends in green)

Facebook and TeeChip took the links and store pages down pretty quickly. Good on them. ViralStyle STILL has the store online after multiple emails, so who knows where else it's being advertised, and what stolen sales the douchebag is still getting. Again, speaking to that site's ethics, please warn your friends away.

I have taken this as a hint that I need to get some stuff sold online. I'm looking into a print on demand site called GearBubble, and I have a prototype Pikachu mug on sale now, but only for the next 12 hours or so. There will be more, and more permanent, in the next couple weeks, after I receive the test one I ordered. Like Perfectly Chaotic Designs on Facebook for future updates!
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KCoopWorks Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist
Ugh.  I am really sorry to hear this.  I was worried this sort of thing would happen to you because it is SUCH an amazing idea.  I hope you get it all sorted and the credit you deserve for it.
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TheVirusAJG Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it kinda made me think I was onto something ;)
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
HAte to be the bearer of bad news...but you're probably going to need a lawyer in this.
Check out the Better Business Bureau reports here:
www.bbb.org/west-florida/busin…

Specifically the: "08/08/2016 - The business responded to the dispute but failed to make a good faith effort to resolve it." complaint on that page. Another artist was plagiarized and robbed.
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TheVirusAJG Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Forgot to thank you for this. I have since submitted my own complaint to the BBB. ViralStyle are REALLY bad at responding to takedown complaints, unlike TeeChip, SunFrog, and Facebook, which acted in my favour within varying time periods.

Facebook were super helpful, and after they took the guy's links down twice, he seems to have backed off and removed my art from the ViralStyle page. He's been drawing his own crappy versions, but whatever.
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you sell something that's a crossover of two different established franchises anyway? :|
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TheVirusAJG Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this is why I've been hesitant in the past, and gotten beaten to the punch. I'm gonna say "transformative work, falling under fair use"? It is a grey area, for sure.
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