artist tip: if you see something like wallpart or payposter that has a LOT of stolen art on it, it’s a phishing site
sites like those tend to pull results from whatever you type in, and they WANT you to file a DMCA takedown on them because their form isn’t legit. its a scam to collect your information. once you fill out their phony DMCA form, you’ve given them all the information you want
avoid sites like that like the plague. dont bother with a DMCA. dont try to report or interact with the site directly. just warn others about what kind of site it is and tell them not to go on it
just. pls. dont take sites like that at face value. thats exactly what the scammers running these sites want from you. they want you to see stolen art, get angry, and try to get it taken down so they can steal your info. dont fall for it
obviously art theft is a huge issue, but LISTEN please look at everything before taking action
sites like redbubble, society6, deviantart, etc are legit websites that art theft occurs constantly on.
but if its something like wallpart/payposter its a phishing scam
some things of note that might help you identify these sites:
- as ive noticed, most of these websites pretend to sell artwork on posters or prints specifically. you wont find many if any tshirts or mugs or whatever at all.
- most (but not all) of the time, their “report”/DMCA form is more obvious than other options on the site. every website has their report functions, but these phishing websites tend to make theirs much more obvious and more easily found (which sucks bc most legit websites SHOULD make their takedowns easier to access) because they’re counting on you to find it, click it, and fill out that information
- if the website appears to have most or all of your art on it, this is a good indicator as well. some of these sites have a search function that operates like a google search, which pulls the images from various sources depending on the keywords you put in the search. the art isn’t actually uploaded or hosted on the website, it’s being pulled from external sources.
be careful out there yall, i know art theft is a huge problem and its an even bigger problem that scammers are taking advantage of the theft issue and conning artists into giving away their info
BE CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE A SITE IS ABSOLUTELY LEGIT BEFORE YOU BOTHER PUTTING IN DMCA OR TAKEDOWNS