Art Piracy (arrrgh!)
So you've probably heard about the movie & music piracy taking place in China (probably because the movie & music industries can afford to hire PR firms that get the word out). There is a much less well known form of thievery taking place in the Far East that should be broadcast via the most powerful and free (for now) tool that we artists have...the Internet.
First off, the gallery that I work at represents several sculptors whose artworks have been blatantly ripped-off by a network of national & international companies who dishonestly claim to sell original fine art. The sister of one of the artists has made it her mission to go after these crooks, so she started this website. You can see just how bad the knock-offs are when compared to the original, not to mention that the metal used to cast the copies is what is commonly referred to as "pot metal"...poor quality alloys of as cheap-as-possible metal.
The impetus for this post came from the website of illustrator Luc Latulippe. It describes his current experience of having his images ripped from an interview on his friend's blog. Once you're done reading it, you'll know what you can do to help...and you'll also understand my motivation.