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I've dealt with art theft in the past, but usually it's been done by kids who didn't know any better, or from people who just saw my art and decided to use it for a t-shirt or something without asking. Nothing too serious. But this is the first time I've heard of such a giant mainstream art theft scam, and worse yet, it's coming from a rather well known person.

Chad Love Lieberman, nephew of Democratic Presidential Candidate Joseph Lieberman, created a website called Art4life.com which was selling "original" artwork for hundreds to thousands of dollars. The only catch is that the "original" artwork... was all work stolen from other artists, most from here on DA.

Now thankfully the website Art4love.com has been taken down due to copyright infringement. But then almost immediately MakeYourSpot.com was put up with almost the exact same stuff for sale. That site ALSO has been taken down, but with this guy's track record I wouldn't be surprised if another 3rd site came up to compensate.

I came into this late, so I don't know if any of my artwork was being used (pretty doubtful considering the fact most of my work is comic art and fan-art), but it's been established that a lot of other more prominent artists here had their work stolen and sold for profit.

Right now there are a number of DA users who are trying to ban together to file a class action lawsuit against Chad Lieberman for what he did. Hopefully they can succeed, because honestly that was just downright dirty. My biggest question, though, is how on EARTH this guy thought he was gonna get away with it? With the internet, the world has become such a small place now and sooner or later someone was gonna catch on...

There are better articles out there which go into much more detail than I can give so I strongly recommend you check them out. I'll post the links below.

Fellow Fresh Epics collaborator Alexiuss's in depth journal about the situation: alexiuss.deviantart.com/journa…

A souther Florida article which is part of the reason we knew something was up in the first place (cuz it shows pictures inside his home and you can see the infringed art from DA on his walls) sflchronicle.com/news/entertai…

A DA news article talking about the sister website that sprung up after the first one was taken down: news.deviantart.com/article/15…

And a flash database of known copyright infringed art being sold on the websites: gene-ash.deviantart.com/art/Ar…

I just want to spread the word about this guy. Art theft is annoying and loathsome to begin with, but coming from a guy related to someone rather famous... it's just downright STUPID. I hope this guy gets what he deserves.

EDIT: I made a mistake and wrote the website as art4life when it's really art4love. Not that it matters anymore since it's all been taken down, but I apologize for the typo.
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IAmMenty Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting article, I can't believe someone got away with all of this! D:
I'm currently writing a college paper on how deviantART has been affected by all of this art theft, and this really helped with formulating certain focuses for the paper.
Thank you for notifying all of us community members about this art thief!
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Collectionman Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Confederacy of deviantART is obsessed with taking down art theft.
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
sheesh, what a jerk :X pick up a pencil and draw for crying out loud, don't rip off someone else's art because you'll always be busted... :iconimmadplz:
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RosePetalss Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luckily, my art sucks so it won't matter lmao.
It's a good thing you put this up,though. o vo;
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TheMelon93 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, did this guy actually think that he could away with that crap? (Bleep)ing asshole.
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the-broken-doll Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I don't understand how he didn't think some one was going to notice? What an ass.
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limitsofreversal Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Tom, I got my local news station to report on it. Maybe word will get around the Tampa Bay area.
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Raineve Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Someone actually talked to the guy..or something like that and he said he'd sold all his inventory so everything is OK now!

That's just freakin stupid!
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NikkiFirestarter Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Art thieves, the scum of the earth... -shakes head in disappointment-
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DevilRena Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is complete and utter BULLSHIT. hope that dirtbag gets what he deserves D:<
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