A few days ago a fellow caricaturist alerted me to a Facebook post that was using a caricature sketch of mine of Jay Leno as part of a political propaganda message (see image above, the “Stolen Image” added by me so no one is confused as to why this is on my blog).
This angered me greatly. God knows I’ve done artwork for some conservative political groups, but I get PAID for that. I often just roll my eyes at this sort of thing, but this one I couldn’t just let slide. To top it all off, they intentionally cropped out the clear copyright I had in the original sketch:
I contacted the FB group directly and politely asked them to take it down, citing that they were breaking U.S. copyright law. I got no response… I guess only laws they don’t feel like breaking are part of the Great American Way of Life. I researched the issue on Facebook to see if I could get FB to remove it. Turns out it is very easy to object to an image that might contain a female nipple or someone’s bare rear end, but the blatant infringement of copyright requires digging through many prompts and detours to finally get to some sort of form with which to report it. While I did go through the proper back channels, I also took a little more direct action…
… I reported the photo as containing nudity. Then in the follow up explained the real reason complete with proof that it was my artwork.
Anyway, after a few days I got the following:
So, score one for Facebook for upholding the copyrights of creators and removing an infringing image! I’ll give FB a 7 out of 10 for this only because I had to lie and say it contained nudity to get their attention, but a positive result nonetheless. BTW I would have not reported this anonymously if I’d had a choice to put my name to it, but I did not.
111 I am close to adding a second caricature workshop in January in Orlando. Details here: http://www.tomrichmond.com/2016/10/21/second-orlando-workshop/
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