Another Art Thief -VintageChildhood

15 Oct

Check out this blog post on The Mayberry Sparrow about another “regs123” type who paint other artist’s work with watercolors and call them originals: http://themayberrysparrow.blogspot.com/2009_10_01_archive.html#7550051937366615672

One of the art thief’s shops is now closed-WatercolorsBlooming http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7202614

but VintageChildhood http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=8091777 is still open…

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31710556

stolen from:
http://www.theodesign.com/blog/2007/03/above-treetops.html

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32458493

stolen from:
http://www.theodesign.com/blog/2007/12/illustration-friday-soar.html

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31276565

stolen from:
http://www.theodesign.com/blog/2007/04/illustration-friday-green.html

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31224077

stolen from:
http://nakedpastor.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/2197932683_4d08e44793.jpg

The art thief’s response when she’s uncovered? “I have an art degree from Hawaii and I am actually an artist. I painted this painting from your print. I can mail you the actual painting if you’d like so you can see it is not a print. I do not sell any prints in my art shop.”

(edited to add links)

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and an interesting email I received:

hi there,

I don’t have a callout but I wanted to let you know something I got extremely excited about today. You called out hchappycat a while back for selling items under “supplies” that were not supplies…. some sort of IPOD wrap thingy. She had other items in her shop that violated the Etsy do’s and don’ts, items tagged as supplies but were not. I’m sure many people have flagged her. So I sent an email to flagged@etsy about it. The items were removed within a day of me sending the email. not to mention every single item in her shop is gone… she had at least 6 pages. not sure if she removed them or etsy finally cracked down on her shop.
I’ve always had great response from Etsy when I send emails about violators, as long as I provide good evidence as to why items/shops should be removed, Etsy usually does it.  I really appreciate what you are doing on etsycallout, I read it almost everyday. Thought this info might help other readers who get frustrated when their flagging appears to have no effect. Maybe sending a well thought out email is a more effective way of getting the point across.
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25 Responses to “Another Art Thief -VintageChildhood”

  1. Jennifer October 15, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    That person stole one of my paintings.
    I can tell you that she did NOT repaint my artwork. She likely scanned it because it was identical in every way shape and form.

  2. JK October 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I noticed when the shops were up that all the feedback one had was for two of the same ‘original’, identical pieces. Now, I’m no painter but I imagine that making two identical paintings, even if they’re your own creation and not a stolen work you’re tracing, is pretty difficult to pull off.

  3. corrabelle October 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    Etsy did not remove her sites, she pulled them down after getting a LOT of angry mail from other artists.
    Etsy, on the other hand, sent us, (the artists) form letters about copyright infringement, and how we can deal with it, IF we want to risk it. (we might have to pay her court fees etc if we can’t prove the works are ours…)
    They did nothing to pull either one of her shops down.

  4. Karen October 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to completely give up on Etsy. It really seems like they do not care a bit.

  5. Poppie October 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    Even if Etsy could not recognize pieces from lesser know artists, surely the fact that she had images from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are should have been a dead giveaway??

  6. susan October 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Vintage Childhood is still up and running.

  7. corrabelle October 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    And now, so is this one: Regs123 http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6506718

    Same profile, same shop announcement, same stolen art.

  8. just amazed October 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    third shop? i wonder who she stole the avatar picture from?

  9. corrabelle October 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    What’s even funnier, is that the same stolen artwork is in the third shop that was in the first.(which is now closed.)

    Cherry blossom tree…I posted this on my blog at http://www.themayberrysparrow.com

  10. sb October 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    So not only has this lousy rotten regs123 got away with the Winnie the Pooh copying – she’s also got another shop?

    I cannot BELIEVE it.

  11. Karen October 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Actually the Regs123 shop seems to have been open the longest. Wonder just how many shops this person HAS.

    And none are disclosed. Hm.

  12. Sarah October 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    FWIW, I’m not sure what’s going on with Vintage Childhood. One minute it’s “0 items” (but not on vacation), the next there are 24, then 0 again.

    Hmm… admin tinkering much?

  13. Stifler's Mom October 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    I see that cunt Regs123 is at it again with the stolen A.A. Milne artwork.

  14. Kirsi October 16, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    She’s on vacation mode, with the same message on both VintageChildhood and WatercolorsBlooming “I have chosen on my own to permanently close my shop down. Sorry for the inconvenience :)” It’s quite interesting that all these thiefs & shillers are so stupid… Creating sock puppets with the same format of username, giving feedback the same day they’ve bought the items, writing statements that indicate there has been pressure from outside to close the shop. Even if it’s meant to rub the original artists in their face, she can’t seriously think that she’s fooling them by this?

  15. PussDaddy October 16, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    I often thing that people this happens to should come together, buy something, and then publish the name and adress of people who do this stuff.

    PussDaddy

  16. pussdaddyblogs October 16, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    I finally signed up for an account but I will be damned if I can figure out how to contact or email whoever is in charge of this blog. Are you aware of the FatDaddySweets Fundraiser going on because she was too stupid to know she needed a license and certification for a homebased food business? They are tweeting about it and there is this

    http://ow.ly/uKWy

    PussDaddy

  17. Jenn October 16, 2009 at 3:48 am #

    Does anyone know the contact info to report her to Disney?

  18. sb October 16, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    Hey Puss – click on the blue ‘About’ button at the top of the page – takes you to ECO email addy.

  19. pussdaddyblogs October 16, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    Oh, thanks a bunch.

  20. cmom October 16, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Corrabelle wrote –
    Etsy did not remove her sites, she pulled them down after getting a LOT of angry mail from other artists.
    Etsy, on the other hand, sent us, (the artists) form letters about copyright infringement, and how we can deal with it, IF we want to risk it. (we might have to pay her court fees etc if we can’t prove the works are ours…)
    They did nothing to pull either one of her shops down.

    -It is not Etsy’s responsibility to defend someone else’s copyright or character. If you have a copyright on something and someone infringes on that copyright you can sue them to stop but don’t think that someone won’t try to copy you just because you say that you have a copyright. Someone will and is banking on the fact that you will not have the time or funds to try to stop them. Unfortunately there will always be someone out there who will copy your successful painting or character. The only way to insure that that won’t happen is to not put it out there to begin with. Don’t fault Etsy for this because they really can do nothing about it. It’s a legal matter and Etsy has no idea who the copyright really belongs to.

  21. Max October 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    She has had the same art listed in multiple shops, and sold multiple copies of these “originals.”

    It’s highly doubtful that she’s tracing or doing anything original. The quilt art piece from sparrow still had her initials that were hidden in the quilt design.

    I’d bet she’s just printing them out onto watercolor paper, and maybe giving them a very light water-brushing to blur the dot patterns.

  22. ohjoy October 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    i’ve had plenty of people copy my designs and have gone after them like a tornado.if you do not defend your own copyright you can lose it. dont bother telling etsy, consult an attorney and then contact the person. it has worked for me so far. the worst thing is the customers who buy your items and then duplicate them and then undercut you in price and try to steal your branding. if you are clever they cant keep up. most people without original ideas are incapable of keeping up – they eventually fall apart…

  23. louise robinson October 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    fucking parasites.

  24. corrabelle October 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    cmom, I understand what you’re saying. But really, they KNOW who “where the wild things” and “winnie the pooh” belong to, no question about it.
    And by taking one look at these shops she has set up, every single one of her self proclaimed originals is of someone elses work.
    We aren’t talking about someone selling something too similar to someone elses, or even just guilty of duplicating one piece.
    We’re talking about the entire shop, one MASS knock-off.
    There’s no room for “what ifs” in this case.
    I don’t expect etsy to fight a legal battle for me, but upon proving that I have the original, they sure as heck better pull it.

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