You know, when you're not a very well-known artist and your art is not exactly at the level you would think someone would even want
to steal, all those journal entries and tumblr posts seem like something awful that will never happen to you because you're not half as good as those artists. Well lo and behold I was reverse image searching some of my old deviations (the ones that had a disproportionate amount of downloads) and I found an ebay seller selling prints
of my old Baccano! fanart
At first I was baffled; I couldn't believe someone would do that (even though I obviously knew it happens all the time). Then I was enraged; someone was making actual money off of my art
. And it wasn't me. I've never offered prints for sale, never even done commissions. And this random person on the internet has been bulk-downloading images from deviantart and is now profiting from my art. I messaged them asking to take the items down but I think I might have to send a cease and desist through eBay's VeRO programme (which includes faxing a form to ebay so I'm not too hopeful).
Well this whole situation has made me think of a few things: a) I will put watermarks on my more popular deviations, and b) I should probably open up a storenvy or something since people seem interested in buying prints of my art even if it's not amazing.
Anyway, that's all folks.UPDATE:
They seem to have taken down the listings which is unbelievable but also a huge relief.