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Journal Entry: Mon Dec 17, 2007, 12:31 PM


Some follow-up about yesterday's journal! :)


Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your kind words, your support and your help!
I couldn't reply to everyone of you, since obviously right now I've got this huge thing to deal with, but I read each and every comment and all of them were very appreciated and comforting!
A huge thanks to everyone who went to their local [name removed] to have a look around and who take photos.
TheNeonGryphon, CrimsonBandit, kafine and TheJasmineDragon send me great pictures that should work as compelling evidence... thank you so much, guys! :D


So... while I was very much hoping this was just a false alarm, or a "vague similarity case"... well, no such luck - I think it's now fairly definite that someone stole my Mascarade picture and sold it to [name removed].
From what I was reported by people who searched the stores, the shirt is available in a vast number of their stores, which probably means hundreds of shirts being sold. *sighs*

And now, avert your eyes, because this might hurt them... Here are the photos.


My original:

Mascarade by KmyeChan


And the rip-off:

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Wow!! Someone really knows how to use their MS Paint!!

But wait, there's better!
Think this is an eyeball...?

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Congratulations! This person knows how to trace!!


:unimpressed: I am SO not impressed.
Whoever did this "design" has really landed themselves into huge trouble.

I am getting some legal advice from a lawyer as soon as I can.

  • Listening to: Meds - Placebo
  • Drinking: Tea.... lots of tea!!!
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:iconrhyn-art:
Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011   General Artist
cant believe they stole the artwork!!!
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:iconaelizea:
AelizeA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ben dis donc serieux problèmes de copyright en ce moment !!!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Celui-là est vieux hein, ça date d'il y a plus de 2 ans... affaire classée. :)
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:iconaelizea:
AelizeA Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah voui ? tu t'en est sortie comment?
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ben je les ai relancés à coup de menaces de procès jusqu'à ce qu'ils me lâchent le nom de la boîte de graphistes qui avait réalisé le t-shirt... que j'ai relancés et relancés, jusqu'à ce qu'ils me filent un chèque. Mais bon, la grosse boîte qui s'est fait les thunes (et n'a pas cessé de vendre le t-shirt avant l'épuisement malgré leurs promesses et mes protestations) ne m'a pas donné un centime... :/
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:iconaelizea:
AelizeA Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
génial ... c'est dingue parce que quand tu veux t'associer et vendre isl refusent, mais ils se genent pas pour piquer les produits des artistes !
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:/ Malheureusement ils comptent sur le fait qu'il y a peu de chances que les artistes s'en rendent compte, et que même dans ce cas, ils ne feront pas de procès mais chercheront un arrangement à l'amiable... au final, sur le nombre de visuels qu'ils produisent toutes les saisons, ça leur revient moins cher que de s'assurer qu'ils ont les droits sur toutes les images. Sans compter les graphistes véreux qui préfèrent piquer sur internet que de réaliser des visuels originaux...
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:iconaelizea:
AelizeA Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oui... les graphistes plein d"idées dis donc ! payés pour piquer des idées ... fabuleux !
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squishysart Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
jeez!! Primark are really crappy arent they lol dothey not check these things...

cant believe some one traced your work!!
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:iconzhakrisstol:
ZhaKrisstol Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People are despicable, Primark (the stores) always sell cheap crappy knock-offs, it's such a shame some scum ripped and copied your work (which i'm going to look at now). I hope you get them fair and square, good luck.
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:iconlindsayrose-m:
LindsayRose-M Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Student Interface Designer
I love how the copy isn't even good. Hillarious... I'm glad stuff is working out for you now! That's really rotten that people do that. :D
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Graytigeress Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Unfortunately, I think it is different enough to stand. I think they did trace it, and yours is much better. I do hope you get some compensation.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, a lawyer who's handled cases like this one told me it would definitely hold as plagiarism, so let's hope we can work something out of this. :)
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:icongraytigeress:
Graytigeress Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
I hope so. :)
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:icontonicfeline:
TonicFeline Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
How pathetic. Good luck suing the hell out of them <3
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:iconmaydaykoigo:
MaydayKoigo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Fucking HELL. Thats exact! D=
Kudos on the sarcastic tracng comment ;)
They didnt even do a good job of it!! Its laughable really, not only is it a 2nd rate (worse actually) version but the most annoyingly laughable bit is the lazyness - They didnt bother to do a better job of editing the image so they wouldnt get sued, or covering thier tracks!
Dont get me wrong Im glad they're idiots whoever did this as it made it possible for you to track the shirt down and stuff.

I'm glad you've got your evidence! <3
Hope everything works out very soon. :glomp:
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:iconblackbrumby:
blackbrumby Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
My friend and I went into there the other day and I was shocked to find this oddly familiar looking design on a tshirt. We took photos of it but clearly are too late to notify you ourselves. But I'm glad you've found out now, it's a horrible thing to happen to someone and I hope you can manage to rectify it soon.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thank you anyway! It's thanks to people like you that I found out, I'm really thankful that people care enough to help about this!
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Ayakage Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
That's horrible---- and they were only selling the rips for 4 GBPs? It's almost further insult to injury!! GODS!! Mind they could probably only sell it for that much if at all considering how HIDEOUS the rip is!
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:iconblammogirl:
blammogirl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
It's a gut-wrenching feeling of betrayal to have this happen to you. My best wishes to you on swift retribution.
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:iconella4770:
ella4770 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007   Filmographer
i never thought that there would EVER be away to make 1 of your drawings even remotly bad. but i guese i was wrong because these stupid losers have done a fuckin good job. you are 100% better then nthem and i no that they will regret it!!!
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:iconrb-illustration:
RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007   Digital Artist
That's such a bad trace! >< I haven't been able to get into town since I last read your journal about this, but I didn't see anything like that before - I would have taken a picture if I had! ^^;
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:iconchelseagirl65:
chelseagirl65 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Well I hope they get their just desserts, I really do... if not, then there is just not justice what so ever...

Hope ya have a happy Christmas and new year
Smiles
Che
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:iconogum536:
ogum536 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
*late*

OH WOW... that's a disgusting ripoff of an amazing piece =000

(i'm hoping they get in huge trouble LOL)

i'm sorry :/
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:iconringo-amai:
Ringo-amai Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
AHHHHH MY EYES!!!!!!!!! IF they're going to blatantly rip up off they could at least do a better job!!!
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:iconamber-lake:
amber-lake Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Eugh! What a bastard! Get legal advice before it's too late.
xx
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:iconnuran-cawthorne:
Nuran-Cawthorne Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007   Digital Artist
Good luck with it, I hope you seriously kick their ass!!! That pisses me off, they're completely retarded if they think they can get away with that. What a shit thing to do. Seriously, I hope you can get this sorted.
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:icontheoevans:
TheoEvans Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You'd think if they were going to copy it they'd copy it WELL. Oh well, at least it gives you more leverage against whoever did it. I hope you get everything sorted out! Good luck!
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:iconborealiscorvina:
BorealisCorvina Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Wow, I'm surprised Primark would even make that "design" into a shirt. It looks like somebody took a Crayola marker to a white shirt. O_o

Ugh, that's just horrible. The original is such a beautiful piece!

Good luck with your case. That "designer's" career is over, I'm thinking. >_<
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:iconprettypixie4949:
prettypixie4949 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist
That's ridiculous. I don't live in Europe, but it seems that Primark is a fairly popular company. You'd think they'd be able to afford to come up with something original ya know?
Have been able to sort anything out with them yet?
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) No, not yet. I'll be on holidays for over a week starting tomorrow evening, so I'm waiting until then to do this properly, and not in a rush one evening after a long day of work. Besides, it's bound to take a long time, since to do everything properly it's better not to do it through e-mails but through snailmail with a paper trail!
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:iconprettypixie4949:
prettypixie4949 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist
Ah, well Happy Holidays and good luck! :)
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:iconmarielenh:
Marielenh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
From now on, ehatever my mother says, I am no longer shopping at Primark.

It's just knowing that you're probably not the only one that's getting their art played around with like that.

And that's for £4?! Rip off, by far.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:/ Yes, definitely. Someone sent me another photo where you can see another shirt next to mine, with the same type of ripped-looking artwork... I'll show it around, just in case, but personally I'm convinced this was copied from another artist as well.
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:iconanne1392:
Anne1392 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's horrible! Well, at least it shows people love your artwork... But it would be better if they showed it another way!

I hope you and your lawyer will be able to get this person punished in some way :S.
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:iconkinamorii:
KinaMorii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow....they didn't even make it look as good as your original....
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:iconhidden-traveler:
Hidden-Traveler Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
I am useing the word "Assholes" way to much here on dA...

Cripes that is a real sucky traceing.
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:iconchippie:
Chippie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
People are so inconsiderate. It's pathetic what this person has done. Stealing someone elses art is wrong...and just because they alter it doesn't make it theirs. I am sorry that this has happened to you! Good luck with everything and I hope the person who did this gets what they deserve!
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:iconzombiepirategirl:
zombiepirategirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Good luck with everything. I hope these thieves get what they deserve.
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:iconlord-shot:
Lord-Shot Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
jejejeje the pictures say all, it´s a tief. i hope they pay a lot of money of in indemnisation.

use your work for sell, >_> . . .
al least pay for use.
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:iconoonyaoo:
oOnyaOo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I saw this in premark the other day and convinced a girl to stop buying it, I mean I reconised it as Mascarade Instantly! I hope it all goes well!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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:iconwesleyriot:
WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Filmographer
holy crap! That's shocking! and i really like primark!!!
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:iconmiss-ducky:
miss-ducky Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Ew, and their version is totally fugly too!!! Yours is gorgeous, and anyone could see that your drawing is the beautiful original that spawned that "graphist"'s piece of s***

Good luck!! =) We're all cheering for you!
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:iconvioletrosepetals:
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...gross...they know how to trace but not how to color...yech they ruined it. And geeze are they color blind?!?!?!?
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:iconmoonywerecat:
moonywerecat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
I dont think it looks good like that, they kind of ruined it, it looks crappy and it lacks the beauty of your's
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:iconcercina:
Cercina Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
horray!! Proof to slam the bastards!!!
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:iconpuppyblew70000:
puppyblew70000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Yay! You've SOOO got them now!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:O holy crap! that is so blatant! i do sympathise, but best of luck with the legal side of things. must be so annoying and cost worthy to have to do it
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:iconcaron-dai:
Caron-Dai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
omg!!! That is disgusting!! I really hope that you get some sort of retribution. Art theivery is really getting bad. DevArt needs to do more to protect it's artists!!!!!
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