A couple of guys in the Philippines who go by Kidlat Tee Factory produced and sold a limited quantity of T-shirts in October with my Daruma painting on them, my original signature removed and ironically smothered with their own watermark.
I sent them a message on FB this afternoon telling them to take the images down and for compensation for all sales, but have not heard back yet. I reported the infringement to facebook but in facebook’s so very “special” way of handling things, they simply deleted one of the photos from Kidlat’s page and the rest remain. Great resolution, facebook!
At this point I am getting help with going after them for damages in the event that they don’t respond, but in the meantime I ask you guys, if you are willing, to share this, get the word out that they use unauthorized work and to see if you recognize any other designs as belonging to other artists. Feel free to let them know what you think of their policies regarding the sales of other artists’ work as well.
I rarely come to the internet asking for favors and often I champion those who have had their creations ripped off. If you can spare the time, please help me out on this one.
I will post any updates as they happen. I hope for a peaceful, fair resolve and that this is just some misunderstanding, but really, the missing signature kind of says it all.
“I’m afraid of waking up one day and finding you gone, the sheets next to me cold. I’m afraid of checking the time every second for your call, never to hear your voice again. I’m afraid of coming home and seeing your ghost there instead of you. I’m afraid I’ll be left with only the smiles we shared to remember you by.”