As a concerned art supporter, I have to write this entry. It's not the usually subject matter, but I feel it is important. What would you do if you worked hard and poured your heart into creating beautiful artwork .. artwork that people would pay upwards of a thousand dollars for an original, and then found out someone was selling your art on Ebay and making magnets out of it to sell at garage sales? This happened recently to an artist I know very well. The print shop that she trusted and did business with, without her knowledge made duplicates of her art, sold it on ebay, made mugs and magnets and keychains .. then had the audacity to write up fake bills to try to prove to the judge in court that she had ordered these. Fortunately, the judge saw through it, but $300 hardly compensates!! If any of you are artists, or know of artists, please pass this on to them. This is not simply about copyright infringement and a dishonest print shop. It is about respect.
The following is the court judgment between Frameworks Yorkton Ltd. (Gene Denischuk) and Madison Blackstone (artist).
(if the above link doesn't work, go to http://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/WhatsNew/NewJudgmentsPC.htm and click on the February 13th judgement.)
Mar 14, 2008