so, i just reported two items on etsy for featuring stolen artwork, namely some disney fanart that i drew a few years ago. they were iphone cases with my drawings of ariel on them, and were being sold by stores that appeared to be located in china. this happens way too often and honestly, i’ve become somewhat desensitized to seeing my disney fanart being exploited and sold in some form or other. one of the reasons i stopped drawing disney fanart was because the drawings kept popping up on wallpaper sites, illegal merchandise or even justin bieber’s instagram, and it became too much to keep up with. it’s just made me a lot less enthusiastic about paying homage to some of my favorite animation characters.
anyways, the reason i bring this up is because i wanted to share something with you all, that probably a lot of you already know but maybe some of you don’t. it’s actually illegal to sell merchandise of copyrighted characters that are not your own. this means that companies which are not affiliated with disney are not allowed to sell artwork featuring the princesses or any other disney character for that matter. i don’t sell prints of my disney fanart for this very reason.
i think this is important for people to know because if you ever stumble upon, say, an etsy store that sells iphone cases featuring the disney princesses, you can rest assured that these cases are being sold illegally. more importantly, the artwork on these cases are usually stolen from artists like myself, who are trying to make a name for themselves by promoting their work online. these companies are not only ripping off gigantic corporations like disney, but also individual artists who DO respect intellectual property laws by not selling the disney fanart they make!
i just wanted to put this out there for those who weren’t aware of these intellectual property laws. it took me a while to learn about these myself. by the way, this is not an attack on those artists who do sell their own disney fanart in some form or other, which some artists choose to do. it’s a warning to avoid dubious online stores - like those etsy iphone case stores - that exploit and rip off the fanartists! thanks for reading :)