Okay, I usually try to keep things light and focused here on my blog but today I must speak out.
Yesterday I was notified by a fellow artist that a woman on facebook is selling my prints and claiming that the work is hers, that she actually created the dolls and did the photography. Disgusting huh? But wait there is more. Not only is she doing this with my work she is doing it with many many accomplished artists work, claiming they are all hers and copyrighted to boot.
Are you feeling ill yet....wait there is even more!!! She claims to be raising money for ALS patients. So she is stealing artwork to raise money for a charity. How a person like this sleeps at night is beyond me, but apparently she does.
I don't mean to sound petty but I just cannot sit back and watch this happen to my own artwork and my fellow artists. The woman's profile on facebook is ShawnaMarie Weatherford You would have to be friends with her to see the fraud, but above is a screenshot of whats going on.
I've written a cease and desist letter to the person and I've reported her to facebook. As of yet all the artwork is still there and available to purchase. I encourage anyone and everyone to report her to facebook.
What I've learned. Honestly I feel in a teeny bit responsible as I have not safeguarded myself from this at all. From this day forward my images will be watermarked and low resolution. I highly suggest y'all do the same.