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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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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
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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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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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