No Longer Selling Fanart
Unfortunately after an incident that happened yesterday, I’ve decided to remove all the fan art from my Etsy. Sorry to anyone who was looking forward to getting anything. If you happen to be going to the same convention or event as me, let me know and I’ll try to get you the prints you want. To all those who already ordered prints, you’ll still get them so don’t worry.
So what led to this drastic decision? Well that’s simple. Valve saw my Portal piece that I just posted yesterday and reported me to Etsy for copyright infringement. No, they didn’t email or message me first, asking me to take it down. I would’ve removed it immediately if they’d asked. Instead they took it straight to Etsy. Why is this so bad? Well you see, when you’ve been reported to Etsy once for copyright infringement, it puts you on their radar. If you get reported another time for copyright infringement, then Etsy has the ability to terminate your account/store and most likely keep you from making a new store.
Thanks to Valve’s abrupt copyright claim, I now have a mark against me. And if I get reported once more, I could lose my store which is my only source of income right now (despite how little I actually make from it).
I’m a little annoyed and betrayed that a company that I’ve admired and loved for so long would do this. I understand why they wanted it removed, I just wish they’d asked me first.
And since all this has happened, I’ve been looking into copyright law which has led me to an important discovery. Selling fan art is actually illegal.
Companies can go after you for selling images and likenesses of their
characters. Most will just ask you to remove it, but they have the legal right to sue you and ask for a percentage of your profits if they really want to. I personally didn’t know this and I’m sure others out there
So that’s why I will no longer be selling fan art online. I’m sharing my knowledge with all you guys so you don’t get sucked into this mess like I have.