Copyright ignoring t-shirt makers thrive at Etsy, ripping off an illustrator near you

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Jacqui Oakley is an established illustrator who uses oil, acrylic and elbow grease. You can find her on twitter as JacquiOakley, and her work on thousands of pinterest-boards, often uncredited and unlinked. She made this this Rihanna & zebra illustration with a splash of hot pink, and found much to her surprise an Etsy account selling a t-shirt with that print on it. A shop that has not asked for her permission. The shop XXLA and owner Aaron/Jacob are based in China, selling "finely crafted tee's" where most, if not all, of the designs are ganked from other peoples work. The I like you dog kiss cat illustration is ripped from Gemma Corell, and many of the designs look very familiar.

Jacqui has informed Etsy, who are presumably looking into it. In a world where violating (or just plain not caring about) copyrights is as common as breathing, how is an honest artist going to be able to make ends meet? Oh wait I know, sell T-shirts, right?

Meanwhile, someone might want to tell Rihanna. She is no no stranger to suing T-shirt shops for using her likeness, asking Topshop for £3million for printing her face on T-shirts. I'm sure she can kick some Chinese t-shirt pirates ass.

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    Dabitch

    What, no pitchforks and torches in this thread yet? Is it because I preempted the "Let them make T-shirts" comment?

    May 20, 2013

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