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Instructions for reporting copyright violation to Alibaba

Posted by Kim Haskins on

As promised in my previous blog post (20 Sept '16), here are some guidelines for reporting copyright violation to Alibaba. This is relevant to any artists or designers who have discovered that their artwork is being sold on products without their permission. It happened to me on a massive scale and the reporting process was, as best described by my assistant, kafkaesque to say the least. Stage 1 If you're an artist or designer and you've ever shared your images online it's worth doing a Google image search to check whether your artwork is being used anywhere without your permission. Click on the...

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Alibaba art theft update

Posted by Kim Haskins on

For anyone who's interested (artists and retailers in particular) I am - or rather my brilliant assistant is - finally having some success in getting Alibaba to remove hundreds of products from its massive online retail platform that illegally feature my artwork (i.e. images of my artwork that have been lifted from the internet and placed on products). These products have mainly included mobile phone covers, soft furnishings and embroidery kits. Sellers on Alibaba have, up until now, been selling these products to retailers all over the world. Under advice of a lawyer specialising in intellectual property, we are also painstakingly...

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Gallery of art theft no.1

Posted by Kim Haskins on

These screenshots aim to demonstrate some products for sale on the internet that illegally feature my artwork without my consent. Most of these products have been sourced from Alibaba. Since I believe that most retailers buy products in good faith, I will not feature a retailer's name unless I have already asked them to remove the products and they haven't done so (or if they've been rude to me).   Speaking of which, the image above is from the website of a company called Meow Is Now who have been politely asked to take down the products, but they have...

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AliBaba and the art thieves

Posted by Kim Haskins on

Six years ago I quit my job to become a full-time artist. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting to make a fortune, but it was (and is!) my passion, and I love doing what I do. A lot of my work is painting cats - humorous pictures which make people smile. (I don’t just do cats - I do birds and dogs and chickens and, well, lots of stuff. But the cats are very popular.) It’s commercial art - although it’s not high-falutin, any artist will tell you a little sliver of their soul goes into everything they do. The only way...

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