|Golden Sax - Susanne Clark|
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches
Looking at my website stats I often see that visitors from
have been visiting it and also a couple of other sites that I use so I thought that there could be some sites
that had my images on them. I indexed “Chinese Musical Paintings” into Google
and within a few minutes found one web site with several of my images, painted in oil, available for sale. I believe they copy the low grade
digital file off the internet and then print it to size, you can order whatever
size you want, and then they over paint it in oils and sell it as an original. Watermarks don't help as they just paint them out. China
The next thing I found was a bit of a shock. I found nearly all the paintings from my “Musical Series” and several life works listed complete with my bio, all stolen from my web site. They had some listed as “Special new piece from Susanne Clark” which probably meant that it was the latest piece they had just lifted from my site! There were a whole lot of others under a variation of my name, Suanne Clark. Later I found a couple of paintings under my name that weren’t even my work.
The work was on a site where independent sellers from all around
world list their goods for sale. I
contacted the hosting company with a list of my works and the URLs and today I had an email
saying they had removed my work from their site but to check back in 48
hours. I’m sure the companies
responsible re-list them a few days later or on another site so I will check
back frequently. China
This is a pretty common thing to happen but it still gives you a shock when you see all your work listed for sale there and know that people are illegally making money from it.
I suppose I could choose to be flattered that they stole my work. As a friend said to me “They only choose the best” which was.nice of them.