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Howdy friends!

Thanks to the many people who have taken the time to check out my art over the past few weeks, and especially everyone who dropped a comment - it is always very much appreciated.

Earlier today I noticed that a lot of people were stopping by to take a look at this:
Oh! The Darkness You Can Dream! by DrFaustusAU

I wasn't sure where the traffic was coming from, but was happy to have it.

I later discovered that BuzzFeed had posted an article featuring 25 pieces of good Dexter fan art:
< www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/25… >

I figured that the article must have been the source of the traffic.  When I took a closer look, I realised that although one of my illustrations had made the list, it appeared slightly odd, had someone else's signature in the corner, and had been credited to Etsy.  Now, I know I haven't put anything up on Etsy, so with my curiosity piqued, I swung by to take a look:
< www.etsy.com/shop/sweetdavid/s… >

Just so's it's clear: This dude David Sweet < www.etsy.com/people/sweetdavid > is not me.  He has not contacted me in any way.  He has stolen my art, and put his own signature in the corner to claim it as his own.  He is a thief.

If you visit his page you will notice that he has other artworks for sale, so it might be worthwhile checking to see whether he has stolen any of your stuff too!

Anyways, as always, take care of yourselves and be excellent to each other!

DrFaustusAU

*** UPDATE (30 April 2013) ***

While David Sweet's stolen stuff has been pulled (thanks Etsy!), more stolen art has cropped up -

here, from RAURA: www.redbubble.com/people/raura… (Thanks to PeterParkour for pointing it out)
and here, from CRZYGUY: www.redbubble.com/people/crzyg…

Make sure you check that they haven't stolen any of your stuff too!
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:iconjordan179:
Jordan179 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Ask yourself WWDD.  What Would Dexter Do?

Though it's probably a bad idea to actually do it ...
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Stealalive Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is completely lame. I actually just found your page randomly browsing DA and made that same pic my desktop. Screw the douche bags and keep up the awesomeness;-D
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batfinkk Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Went to David Sweet's Etsy site and its no longer up-- 
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
[link]

I saw this on Facebook without any credit to you as the artist.
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trinlayk Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Etsy ignores all reports of art theft unless the report and follow up are from the holder of the copyright.
they say that they have no way of knowing whether the Deviant artist or the Etsy seller is the thief, or whether they're actually the same person otherwise.

So if you DO see art that seems to be stolen, and you KNOW the artist, report it to the artist, and let them know that THEY have to report the issue to ETSY and hope that Etsy responds in a timely and appropriate manner.
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Hor Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
It's a real shame, I've seen your stuff popping up lately in Facebook and other places and I've been quick to give you a link back to your DA page since when I see it, it's never credited and everyone asks the same thing: "Where did you find this?!" I'm glad to see that the art thief has been dealt with, and keep up the good work.
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DrFaustusAU Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks for the support.
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caboose417 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
this seems be happening a lot lately on Deviant art thesedays
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:iconmeltdownclown:
Meltdownclown Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Now THERE's someone who needs to visit the inside of the woodchipp--uh, the woodshed. I said "woodshed." You can't prove I didn't.

The disheartening part of it is, he probably thinks he's been treated unfairly. In these days of casual art theft and piracy, thieves are no longer happy with getting away with it; they expect to be APPRECIATED for their "efforts" in defacing and giving away or even selling other people's work. They have a million and one excuses that make perfect sense to them (if no one else).
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Lady-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
looks like Etsy fixed it. He is no longer a member.
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:iconcaetechevalier:
caetechevalier Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Yep he's gone and good riddance.
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SaraRichard Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Looks like he stole some of my stuff earlier, but fans reported it and it was taken down. Stealing art is a real low. Sorry to hear it was done to you too.
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:iconreverendsmeg:
ReverendSmeg Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Well, his Etsy page has nothing listed so I'm thinking his actions are starting bite him the ass.
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krishna76 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
oh my God thats terrible >.< what a douche thing to do I hope buzz feed corrects the credit to you.
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:iconkhamarupa:
khamarupa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I reported his shop on Etsy, too. Hope they take care of it.
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khamarupa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is sooo infuriating! I mean, I don't think he's dense, he's got to be sinister in his theft because he has removed your signature and replaced it with his own! UGH!! Is there any way to report/stop him from doing this? I'll be happy to report him on Etsy or anywhere else! So sorry this is happening to you and it makes me want to take all of my artwork down. The audacity of some people!
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Synethos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Google has a nice tool for that lately, you can search for an image and see if it is stolen.
[link]
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ComatoseAngel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
reported him to Etsy. I hope he gets shut down immediately
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after-the-funeral Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like to scan etsy for art theft, its sort of a personal hobby of mine.
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JIMENOPOLIX Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That theif! :X
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onlycomeoutatnight Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I reported him to Etsy.
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MidmorningDigger Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Good grief. Sorry to hear about that mate. Hope the blighter hasn't made any money off of it.
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BookofAges Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student
DA watermarks help to protect your stuff.
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:iconralfmaximus:
RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yayyyy! That people think your stuff is so awesome they wanna buy it.

Boooo! That shitbags like him exist.
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Pisces19 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
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o0Raz0o Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he's stolen [link] from [link] heh
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animeloverishere Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SREW DAT GUY
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:iconvindurza:
vindurza Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
rip that guy a new a**
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:iconmantisazure:
mantisazure Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hopefully you used the report feature.. This sucks man.. if anything though at least now you know you could sell your prints on Etsy :/
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:iconhartley-illustration:
Have you reported him to etsy? I have shared this on twitter and fb get him exposed as a theif
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venort Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As much as I'd love interior art from one or two comics (looking at you here, DC: The New Frontier) adorning my walls, folks like David Sweet aren't the right way of going about it. Stealing from corporations like DC is one thing, but stealing from folks like yourself is another. With a corporation, it's clear that the work isn't his. With something smaller, he's claiming credit and no doubt receiving it in some places.

Still, some good has come of this: I didn't know about the Dexter piece you'd done until now. :D
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mantisazure Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The DC lack of posters does suck.. I found some at Michaels' of all places though back with their framing and stuff.
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Hellstroem Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Embarrassing! He's selling rather a lot of stuff, actually interior art from well known comicbooks. Blimey, he's a bit dim.
He's going to be exposed very quickly.
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