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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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Rakkiya Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
That's probably the first time in my life, that I have a urge to HURT someone. Such persons are as much the scum of this planet as rapers and murderers.
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euphoriarcane Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yes, I read about this yesterday.
Such a shameful person. :(
I do hope they bring him to justice!
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LoveTheMess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm suddenly glad I can't draw well. :icontearplz:
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FoxyTurttle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's kinda scary, dude

I seriously hope he'll get sued
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SodaVampire Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
What a jerk! I HATE art theft!
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irondog1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OH SHIT!!! I swear if any of my comics or pictures got stolen, I would have half a mind to kick that persons ass.
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Plognark Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, haven't seen anything this messed up since Gene Simmons' retarded son traced over the Bleach comic.
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Wynter-San Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wrote a journal and used links and facts from your journal. Hope you don't mind
(If you do, I'll happily remove it)
[link]
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zxmantisxz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They'll probably find him... I guess this is one good reason for me to be a terrible artist :D
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PaDasia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
It's okay. You can always get all your fans to gang up on him. ;)
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vampyrechick41 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Actually, from what I understand he has another website up called art4life
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Dark-Fox-666 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   General Artist
I sure as hell hope that my art wasn't stolen I work hard on my stuff, and I'll be damned if someone is gonna make money off my hard work, though I doubt with how unknown of an artist I am on this site that any of my stuff was stolen.
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AzureNova2 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
I saw Alexiuss's deviation about it and now I'm pretty ticked. Good to see that the dA community is working to stop it.
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GamerDudeArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn it..
Those people will most likely not steal my art..cuz it sucks. But anyway, they shouldn't be doing that. You'd think after 2 sites being taken down would end it..but like you said, they might make a 3rd.

How did they sell this artwork for hundreds-thousands of dollars? Was the artwork like really good or something?
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one-red-butterfly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
this pisses me off in ways i never thought possible.
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Socks192 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
if it makes you feel any better, i just learned about from his journal XD
anyway, i got my whoopin stick, where be that art stealin mook?
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aaristid227 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I will break into that dickwad's house and personally give him the beating of a lifetime with his own pool sticks. This is fucking ridiculous.
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OrdinarySnowflake Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   General Artist
Usually i wait to see hard evidence before I begin a tirade, but DAMN did this fucker honestly think he could get away with it??? What goes through people's minds when they sell OTHERS' hard work for their own selfish gain?!?! WHAT, I ASK YOU!?
On an entirely different note, I actually read The Help today and it was a very awesome book. (^.^)
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OneofakindKnight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Does anyone know if they stole photography as well?
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TobiTheNinjaKitten Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
asshole. >:(
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mangachick98 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Artist
Holy shit :shakefish:
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Akutomi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
That douchebag f*cknugget!
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ProfessorJAJL Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some people just need to be slapped!
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AlchemicReactions Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>w< How stupid can you get? I'm used to art theft on DA but selling it? Nuh-uh. WHOAAAA. Stop there. Theres a fine line between "Art Theif" and "Maniac, Lunatic, Moron" Oh, wait, they're the same things. Sorry for the confusion.
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KidSapiens Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Well, that ruined my mood.
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SeurAaron Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Worst torture ever for this guy. Make him watch Bob Ross videos 24 hours a day, with no way to turn up the volume, while repeatedly stapling his sack to his forehead.
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MackxNL Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol :iconlaplz:
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dreamingoflight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Writer
are you talking about art4life.com? cause that site's still on the internet.....
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Thornblade Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OMG this guy is just stupid as hell
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DominiqueDuong Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Whoa... Talk about art theft on a grand scale >_> That stealing bastard.
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sterlingy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is...despicable. I'm spreading the word and raising hell. This is just so very wrong and this guy has the balls to keep going as if he's entitled to all the money he would make. He needs the nice slap of a thick lawsuit across his face.
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FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
wow. that's just wrong. not only is he stealing people's art, but he's also probably screwing his dad over on his campaign. way to be man, way to be.
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mollycarroll Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I got an email from these guys. Could that mean I was art-thieved without even realizing? 0_0 Did anyone else get a mail from them?
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what did the e-mail say?
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mollycarroll Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I deleted it because I thought it was spam. It was before I had heard about all this. I get emails from spambots quite often saying they liked my deviantart account and that I should check out their site or sell art on it. (I can't imagine why, I'm not that popular. XP)

I think the email was telling me they liked my art and I should check out their site, but the English was really convoluted and I only half-read it.

Sorry I deleted it, it could have been useful. ^^;
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HersheyStarLover Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
What email provider do you use?
you can go to your deleted emails and look through it
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DrSulfurious Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone stealing art on the internet? BLASPHEMY! Even if it's someone elses work you shouldn't take art-theft so seriously. It's inevitable and there's pretty much NOTHING you can do about it. You're better off ignoring it.
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HersheyStarLover Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's not possible to ignore it if this is like, selling all of these great works for hundreds and thousands of dollars.
that would be the stupidest thing you can do .__.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, no... this is a bit more extreme than the usual art theft online...
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:icondrsulfurious:
DrSulfurious Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meant "Even if it's your own work".
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