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Art Theft Scam

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 17, 2011, 1:25 PM


***Update***
We have a bigger and better website now that breaks the list down alphabetically and shows images so you can better see what has already been identified. I will no longer be updating the list on the blog. Please visit the new site to view the list art4loveisafraud.com/index.htm… and we have a dedicated email for you to send updates to thale@art4loveisafraud.com. The site is still under construction, so not all of the images are up yet but everything should be up in the next day or two. Please give us time, this is a big undertaking.

I have a new journal entry you may want to read that gives helpful tips for searching for screenshots dlr4553.deviantart.com/journal…


***Update***
The list has gotten so long that I can no longer update it in this journal. You can see the list on my blog blog.deirdrereynolds.com/2011/…


Everyone on DeviantArt needs to be aware of a website called art4love.com that is stealing art from this site and selling it for hundreds of dollars. They claim their art is handpainted by the artist themselves and they offer certificates of authenticity. I haven't finished browsing their gallery and I have already found at least one artist's work on the site that I could definitely verify and I have seen several others that look familiar. Even if you think that no one would ever steal your work, check anyway.

The link for the site is 67.90.44.118 They are masking the site right now, so anytime you go to a new link on the site you will need to replace "www.art4love.com" with the i.p. address 67.90.44.118 to access the location.

There is a DA article about this dametora.deviantart.com/journa…. Please share this in your journals and with all your groups.  This site is huge and is ripping off artists and buyers alike. We have to spread the word!!

Kafai has posted a journal with a link to her photobucket account where she has posted over 500 screenshots of the website kafai.deviantart.com/journal/L… This would prove very useful for any kind of legal action against this guy.



I am so disgusted right now. I just found ~titiavanbeugen's The dream of a butterfly titiavanbeugen.deviantart.com/… on the site i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv….

For any of you who do not know, Titia passed away a little over a year and a half ago. She was a wonderfully talented and inspirational fractal artists and seeing her being ripped off like this literally chokes me up. Stealing from someone who is no longer around to protect their property is the beyond contempt.

***Update***

Got a note from :iconkeikilani: informing me that he has stolen work from another artist who has passed away, hakubaikou. I am at a loss on how to contact anyone about this. I don't know if I should send a note and hope a family member is checking their accounts occasionally or I don't know what..this is so disgusting! Let me know if you have any ideas.




I've decided to make a list of all the pieces that I have found stolen on art4love.com. I have contacted all the artists. If you find any that are not listed here, send me the information I will add it to the list. Please make sure you contact the artist, or if you do not feel comfortable contacting them, send me the information and I will do it.

***Update***
The list has gotten so long that I can no longer update it in this journal. You can see the list on my blog blog.deirdrereynolds.com/2011/…


:icongene-ash: also has a list of artist that have stole art as well gene-ash.deviantart.com/art/Ar…

Thank you :iconmyah5000:, :iconstuck-in-suburbia:, :iconange-ll-os:, :iconalriandi:, :iconiridestris:, and :iconcalaymo: for helping add to the list.



Well it seems they have finally pulled the site down completely. I have not been able to access the site since about 3am this morning. I am assuming that since I am getting links to screenshots from all you guys that you are having the same problem.

Thank God for Kafai! If she hadn't taken the time to make screenshots s691.photobucket.com/albums/vv… of the whole website we would have nothing to work with right now. If you haven't gone over to her journal and thanked her, please do kafai.deviantart.com/journal/L…

But this still sucks in a way because I know that I was having some success using tineye to find the original artists of some of these stolen artworks. Now that we can't access the website, that option has been taken away from us. But we will get this done! The more people we tell, the more chances we have of someone recognizing a work that we couldn't quite figure out.

Since the links are not working, we need to get screenshots to replace them. As you can imagine, this is a major task for one person, so I am asking for your help. I am removing the links and putting a {screenshot needed} placehold in its place. If you happen to find a screenshot for one of these missing links, please let me know so I can add it.

And don't worry, all those links are not lost. I saved a text file of the journal before I made any changes so I still have them in case they are needed.

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:iconanark-mana:
Anark-mana Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering but do you think we should try and tell news companies about whats happened and the police too seeing as what Chad has done is Illegal
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:icondeirdrereynolds:
DeirdreReynolds Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both are being done. :)
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:iconanark-mana:
Anark-mana Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HURRAAY
I just hope that Law suit Alexiuss is planning against Chad doesn't fall through,I wanna see that guy pay :pissed:
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:iconavmysterrie:
AVMysterrie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright how can I help?

I was looking at the list of images from the fraud website that is set up and on the first page I already have a favorite of that picture from DA.

I will go through the list and see if this picture is found.

I also read that he stole from an artist who has passed away. Do we have any way of knowing who they were, say you could find their account on facebook and see if they have family listed that you can contact.

I'll look up some legal stuff on my college website to see if anything covers this. I'm sure the artist would not want their stuff sold.

Again, let me know if you need ANYTHING and I'll help as best I can.

I'll try to donate some money, if I can find any.

-AVM

(Oh and I hope you get that bastards and the real artists receive restitutions in the form of all profits made from their work.)
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:icondeirdrereynolds:
DeirdreReynolds Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first thing you can do to help is go through the thumbnail images that were taken from the website [link] and help identify the original artists. There is a link under each for a google image search to help or you can send the image through TinEye.com. Then you can try to find the screenshot [link] from the website if there is one available. This journal [link] will give you tips one how to find the screenshots quicker, if they are to be found. Sadly, not all images have a screen shot. Once you have found all this information, please contact the artist to let them know their art has been stolen and send them links to the evidence. You can then send links of the original art and the screenshots if you have them via email to thale@art4loveisafraud.com. It will then be added to the website [link]

We were able to contact `hakubaikou's best friend and she is passing the news on to her sister. We were not able to find any information on for the family of ~titiavanbeugen She wrote this article about art theft a couple of years ago [link] where she said, "YOU are an artist. YOU have a very precious gift. When you create something it makes you happy. It can take hours or weeks or more to finish your work, but it is yours. You have the memory of creating it. It is something the thief wants to have, but will never have…
It will eat your energy to fight a war you will loose. You can only win a battle. This energy you can also use to create beauty." I don't think she would have wasted too much energy on all of this.

`alexiuss is spearheading a class action lawsuit [link] If you have any legal information, he would be the person to share it with. He also has a paypal account set up to get the money to hire a lawyer, so donations would be appreciated there.

Thank you so much in advance :hug: :)
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:iconeleeveen:
Eleeveen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
Niki Jackson responded to my e-mail, and she has found the screenshot of her work: [link]

Sucks that there are people off of dA he stole from, such as her - they're some of the hardest to tell and contact sometimes because they might not even know this has happened...
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:icondeirdrereynolds:
DeirdreReynolds Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the information. I will forward it on to Tanya to update the list.
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:iconviaviolet:
viaviolet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
my art was stolen too

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:icondeirdrereynolds:
DeirdreReynolds Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the information. We will get them added to the list.
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:iconviaviolet:
viaviolet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
thank you for the effort :hug:
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