Journal Entry: Mon Aug 22, 2011, 3:13 PM
I'm sure many of you are aware of the Art4Love.com drama floating about. How this Chad Love fellow stole the works of many artists from here on deviantART, including myself, and was selling them for ridiculous amounts of money, claiming they were oil paintings, even shipping them with a certificate of authenticity.
Anyway, there seems to be some ridiculous responses going around to this. I'm not going to call anyone out by name, but a certain deviant has taken it upon himself to ask for donations in order to hire 'the best copyright lawyer' and pursue a 'class action lawsuit'. This in my opinion is a bullshit move, as any copyright lawyer worth his weight would probably take on something this big and blatant for a percentage with no upfront fees to begin with. It's pretty clear cut copyright infringement on a massive scale.
I personally think this deviant jumped the gun and instead of taking a moment to think about the situation, figured he'd get everyone riled up and paying for his lawyer. At the end of the day, even with a class action lawsuit, there's no guarantee that the people who were wronged will get anything, and if they do, you're probably only looking at a few Burger King value meals worth per artist.
That's not to say the deviant in question is some evil mastermind looking to steal your money, I just think it's a bad idea to give it to him, or anyone else for that matter. Any way you cut it, the word is out and Chad Love will get what's coming to him eventually, you don't need some hotshot artist to take up the reigns. And lets be honest, I sincerely doubt he sold much of anything off that site, and what are the chances your few pieces of work were among what was sold out of thousands of images?
That's not to say it isn't a big deal, it's a VERY big deal, and very serious. Just trying to put some perspective on it.
Anyway, take care guys, and hold on to your pocketbooks.