July 11th, 2011

Beware: MangaX/AniPopGam 2

Hello all. It's been brought to my attention (and many others on the DeviantART community) about a store called "MangaX," also known as "AniPopGam 2" at anime conventions. The mentioned distributers have stolen artwork from more than a couple artists on DA, printed the work, and sold them as posters at this year's Japan Expo (and we're still getting word from people about seeing the same company at other conventions, again selling stolen work). Some photos below:

Their booth. Pretty much 99% of the stuff they sold was stolen: http://s1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd368/QinniArt/?action=view&current=dsc09548z-1.jpg 

Another photo of their booth, with the name displayed: http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/761/dsc09600h.jpg

There's already been a few cases through social-art websites from artists making posts about their art being stolen by these people and sold as posters. If you are going to any upcoming anime conventions, please keep an eye out for a booth called AniPopGam 2, or their store name "MangaX." If you do, please report them for the convention organizers or staff and see if something can be done about it. And I know that even if you report them, there's pretty much nothing that can be done since there's really no way for you to prove on the spot that the artwork as stolen, but if that happens, then at least avoid buying anything from them. Though, I have heard that if you look close enough, you can still see watermarks on some of the pieces of artwork from the original artists.

I can continue to update on this with more info as I find it out. But, if you would like more detailed information, please visit these artists' journals from DA whose artwork was stolen and printed illegally by this shop --> http://kaoru-chan.deviantart.com/journal/42101086/ http://qinni.deviantart.com/journal/42085262/

(And sorry if that is hard to read/if anything is confusing, English is not my native tongue.)

Advice Requested- Album Art

This isn't a beware, more like a request for advice.

Collapse )Edit: 7/11/11
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I have sent him the following email and will be waiting for his response

Hi there,
First of all, I'm really glad you like the sketch I drew for you and that you want to use it for the cover of your EP. I would've been happy to have colored it for you as well if you had asked (for an additional fee, of course). I'm going to have to ask you to take down the image promoting your EP on your album promotions on both Soundcloud and Tumblr. By using using it to promote something that you later wish to sell, it's using the image for commercial means which is against my TOS found here - http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2407131/. If you would like to use the image for the album art, I can either sell you the complete rights to the image which basically means that you're free to do whatever you would like with it (T-shirts, posters, whatever) or I can sell you the non-exclusive rights which would just allow you to use the art for the album cover.
Please let me know what you decide to do!

Edit: 7/12
He responded to me with the following

I completley understand what you mean and  i will go right ahead with removing it, however i will point out that the sketch at this point has not been used to promote  somthing i am selling, it is set as the default picture for the Free mixtape i put up, but i will go right ahead with taking it down :3. and I don't need Full rights for the simple fact I am a for lack of better words a "Poor" musician so I do not have a whole lot of cash to sell shirts and posters and Etc. So I would only need to get permission to use it as album artwork. however i will need time to get the funds to buy the rights to the piece. as right now i am trying to get some sales going (Bad sales currently)

Apologies if I sound inexperienced or have asked inane questions. This is the first time I've dealt with something like this.