Colleen Do­ran

Hav­ing your work pla­gia­rised is ex­tremely stress­ful…

ImagineFX - - Resources - Colleen is a comic book artist and a cre­ator rights ac­tivist, who has lob­bied the US gov­ern­ment on the is­sue. www.colleen­do­

How big is the prob­lem?

Wide­spread. Off the scale. And the more pop­u­lar you are, the worse it is. Any­thing that can be re­pro­duced gets pinched.

Have you been a vic­tim?

There are com­pa­nies around the world sell­ing my art on cloth­ing. I did art for a how-to book years ago, and one of the things that gets pinched a lot is some pic­tures I drew to teach how to draw car­toon-style eyes. So, if you go to Ama­zon, Etsy or eBay, there are dozens of sell­ers mar­ket­ing th­ese car­toon eyes all over cloth­ing. Some­one traced them as a vec­tor draw­ing and now they’re ev­ery­where.

Is enough be­ing done?

Ab­so­lutely not. I’m not re­ally sure of the dif­fer­ences be­tween the laws in the US and other parts of the world are, but then, that’s part of the prob­lem. If you’re in one coun­try it’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to en­force your rights in an­other.

What can artists do?

You’re never go­ing to be able to con­vince some so­cio­pathic goober on the in­ter­net that rip­ping artists off is a bad thing. Con­cen­trate on rea­son­able peo­ple. Ex­plain. Com­mu­ni­cate. They will un­der­stand even­tu­ally.

What about the fu­ture?

Things will get worse be­fore they get bet­ter. Our gov­ern­ments don’t push hard enough to get cor­po­ra­tions to do the right thing by other peo­ple’s rights.

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