Exploiting someone’s art without giving credit is a crappy thing to do (UPDATED)
Usually I don’t care much when the internet screws around with my art, but I like to get some kind of credit for having created it. I just saw an example of this on the Facebook page of corporation Stonyfield Farm (owned by big food corporation Danone, makers of Evian, Dannon, etc) and it really annoyed me — not in small part because a corporation really should know better, but also because the clean rewrite sucks. I searched TinEye to see if someone had already posted this to the internet before Stonyfield, but no one had, which leads me to suspect someone at Stonyfield did it themselves. I don’t know for sure.
I wrote them a chastising note though:
You apparently downloaded my drawing, photoshopped out the watermark, revised the text, and posted it on your Facebook page. It’s copyrighted material and I don’t appreciate you exploiting it, particularly without giving me any credit or compensation of any kind. You actually took extra steps to avoid giving me credit for my work by removing my URL.
Your Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150875108481902&set=a.103378406901.94174.20430091901&type=1
My original art: http://www.stickycomics.com/have-a-knife-day/
This is a crappy thing to do.
I wonder if they’ll reply.
Here’s their stupid remake on their Facebook page:
My superiorly stupid original:
That’s it — I’m done complaining for now. Don’t worry, Internet, I still love you. Most of the time.
UPDATE: On the same day, Stonyfield replied to me. They said they actually found the doctored image on another Facebook page and had no idea it wasn’t the original. (I have searched and can’t find any evidence that it came from another Facebook page, but I’ll go ahead and believe them anyway.) They’re taking it down. They also say they are sorry and they love my cartoons. Well that was nice. Apology accepted, thanks guys! :)
UPDATE #2: Stonyfield also acknowledged the mistake on Facebook and linked to the original on my site. Classy.
UPDATE #3: Stonyfield sends me free milk (etc).