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Hi all!

I don't draw much these days. But the unpleasant reality is that my work is still continuously being stolen and used without permission. This post addresses what you can do as an artist to seek justice.

1. Register all your work with the US copyright office. Sorry if you are from a different country; I am only familiar with where I live. The link below may help though.
2. If you see your work stolen, take screenshots of everything.
3. You may choose to politely ask that your work be taken down. I usually go this route because, again, I don't think the majority of thieves are malicious, just ignorant.
4. If they decline or if you feel like it, SUE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.

Things to know:
  • You are the owner of your work whether you register it or not. So it is ALWAYS the right thing to demand your work not be misused or misrepresented. But only by registering it can you press charges.
  • You can press charges even if they take down your work. This is where screenshots, or proof of the crime, come in handy.
 
Here is a link and infographic that will go into more detail. This is useful for every artist to have in her back pocket: www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/…

As is this, for filing a DMCA takedown notice: www.whoishostingthis.com/resou…

I used this information to track down the name, number, and address of someone who was selling my work and not responding to my messages. That case has since been resolved. I have a soft heart at times; the perpetrator was just a kid being stupid. I hope he learned something and I absolutely would have pressed charges if he had not complied.

I have settled for a sum of money when Ubisoft stole my work for a game. I sort of regret settling on that one, as I probably could have gotten a lot of money if I sued. Yes, Ubisoft. Everyone has the ability to stoop this low.

What you do is up to you. But PLEASE, do not do nothing. If you are an artist who doesn't care about your work being used or sold without permission, you are directly to blame for empowering a culture where people don't even think to ask. You are to blame when people laugh at artists' rights and think we don't care. Yes, it's a pain. Yes, there are smart ways to protect your work, which I sadly did not do when I was younger. Yes, fighting for your rights and the rights of others are always worth it.

This is for artists out there who, like me, care but don't always know what to do.

This is for all the strangers who have reached out over the years to inform me of my work being stolen. They are the true protectors and I thank them with all my heart.

-Canyx
Firestarter COMMISSION by Canyx
Firestarter COMMISSION
Super fun design. Fire has always been my favorite.
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Pikachu strikes COMMISSION by Canyx
Pikachu strikes COMMISSION
Classic. Some things never get old.

*Please do not use this image/design in any way.*
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Eevee and Umbreon COMMISSION by Canyx
Eevee and Umbreon COMMISSION
Haven't done a tribal in a while. For all its simplicity, this one was challenging and fun!
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Hi all!

I don't draw much these days. But the unpleasant reality is that my work is still continuously being stolen and used without permission. This post addresses what you can do as an artist to seek justice.

1. Register all your work with the US copyright office. Sorry if you are from a different country; I am only familiar with where I live. The link below may help though.
2. If you see your work stolen, take screenshots of everything.
3. You may choose to politely ask that your work be taken down. I usually go this route because, again, I don't think the majority of thieves are malicious, just ignorant.
4. If they decline or if you feel like it, SUE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.

Things to know:
  • You are the owner of your work whether you register it or not. So it is ALWAYS the right thing to demand your work not be misused or misrepresented. But only by registering it can you press charges.
  • You can press charges even if they take down your work. This is where screenshots, or proof of the crime, come in handy.
 
Here is a link and infographic that will go into more detail. This is useful for every artist to have in her back pocket: www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/…

As is this, for filing a DMCA takedown notice: www.whoishostingthis.com/resou…

I used this information to track down the name, number, and address of someone who was selling my work and not responding to my messages. That case has since been resolved. I have a soft heart at times; the perpetrator was just a kid being stupid. I hope he learned something and I absolutely would have pressed charges if he had not complied.

I have settled for a sum of money when Ubisoft stole my work for a game. I sort of regret settling on that one, as I probably could have gotten a lot of money if I sued. Yes, Ubisoft. Everyone has the ability to stoop this low.

What you do is up to you. But PLEASE, do not do nothing. If you are an artist who doesn't care about your work being used or sold without permission, you are directly to blame for empowering a culture where people don't even think to ask. You are to blame when people laugh at artists' rights and think we don't care. Yes, it's a pain. Yes, there are smart ways to protect your work, which I sadly did not do when I was younger. Yes, fighting for your rights and the rights of others are always worth it.

This is for artists out there who, like me, care but don't always know what to do.

This is for all the strangers who have reached out over the years to inform me of my work being stolen. They are the true protectors and I thank them with all my heart.

-Canyx

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:icontokyoneko13:
TokyoNeko13 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
I love your art style
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Thank you very much!
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kyogre382 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Hello i see you works in
 www.deviantart.com/art/Pikachu…

and i want ti know if you can do a Kyogre in teh same style^^

I hope you can do it ans i wait that^^
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CrystalPhoenix111 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Hi, i really hope you dont mind, but recently i drew your tribal lucario and mewtwo. i didnt know that the design belonged to you until i actually clicked on the image. i apologize deeply. after i found out i gave you full credit. hope you understand.
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JohnConnorAw Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Canyx i really like your tribal wolves tattoos Design , I want to ask you can i use them as templates i like to make wolf arts : www.badeggsonline.com/beo2-for… I will post Design Credits : Canyx with your site link. reply me as soon as possible. 
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Hi! Thank you for asking, but I would prefer my work not be used for that purpose. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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NotMikeyMac630 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Hello I really like your lucario works and I wanted to know if I could use them on my accounts once I start my youtube account and twitch. If you are against it I understand. I would absolutely credit you though. Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you.
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Canyx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Hi! Thank you so much for asking. I would strongly prefer that you not use it as it has already been used (without permission) all over the internet and I am constantly having my work removed from other places. I apologize for the inconvenience, and good luck with your accounts!
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jack12321 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student General Artist
hey I hope you don't mind, but about a month ago, I found a few of your tribal designs and was inspired to draw them haha. I put one of the ones I drew in my gallery; just thought I should tell you :)

btw I gave you credit, so I'm hoping that's alright to keep it up in my gallery
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Gil-Maethor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Your works are beautiful, you have really nice control with your lineart, it's amazing~ :heart:
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