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Scholastic Art Awards an Art Thief

I apologize if this is not my place to post but I feel that we should all be aware and help an artist on deviantart.

One of her paintings was recently ripped off by a high schooler and said high schooler has won 2 gold medals from her piece of "art".

The deviantArt artist talks of her experience in her journal here:

Scholastic Art Award Art Theft
Journal Entry: Sat May 1, 2010, 10:49 PM
* Mood: Anger

I haven't been active on dA for a while because I've been busy with finals but now that it's over, I come back to see that my drawing "Selfish" has been plagiarized and won 2 gold awards at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Competition [ http://www.artandwriting.org ]

You can see the plagiarized drawing at [ http://www.artandwriting.org/ORGGalleries ] but you have to go to "FILTER", then click on "Art", then "Painting". The thief in question is Kasey Bowman who copied my drawing (( http://yuumei.deviantart.com/art/Selfish-37955884 )) and renamed it "Stolen Wings". Is it just me or is this oh so ironic? She even copied the poem word for word...

Here's a screen capture:
[ http://img168.imageshack.us/i/selfisharttheft.jpg/ ]

There's even an article about her [ http://www.democratherald.com/news/local/people/article_b23a237c-06cd-11df-b59f-001cc4c03286.html ] and all the awards she won and how she got to go to New York for it.
And in another article, she comments on "her" work, and how it was inspired by a poem. Yeah, because reading my poem inspired her to draw something that looks almost exactly like the drawing? What are the chances of that?
[ http://www.democratherald.com/news/local/article_05cd6508-444f-11df-8210-001cc4c002e0.html ]
And she will be awarded by her school [ http://www.albany.k12.or.us/district/good-news.php ]

Sad thing is, that's not the real problem...

I actually found out about this art theft on April 6th and e-mailed the Scholastic people at info@artandwriting.org about the issue with all the info required on the the "COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM NOTICE AND PROCEDURE", but I did not receive a reply. I was too busy with studying and research essays to look into why, but now I do know and it's really pissing me off. If you check their current Terms of Service page [ http://www.artandwriting.org/terms ] , you'll see they've changed the copyright infringement procedure to "do not send such notice to our e-mail address", instead we must mail to the address or fax them (without providing a fax #). There's a statement saying they can change the procedure anytime they want without prior announcement.

I will be writing a mail to them...ONCE THEY PUT UP A PROPER ADDRESS TO MAIL TO!
This is exactly what they have on the site:

"Legal Department
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.
557 Broadway – Room ______
New York, NY 10012

Or send us your written communication by facsimile to: [FAX Number]"

Room??? So we're not suppose to e-mail, there's no fax # (just the words "FAX Number")and the address is incomplete?

Why am I so angry? Let's see, the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is the leading organization in helping young artists getting noticed, yet they take copyright infringement issues so lightly. I know for a fact that the person who informed me about art theft also contacted the the Scholastic people; she told me that even her AP art teacher and fellow classmates wrote to them about the unfairness of the competition. Yet we were all ignored because the plagiarized drawing is still on their site and people are still noting me about the issue.

Is this how young artists should be seen? Winning a contest held by people who are so irresponsible that anyone can cheat their way to the top? Even Myspace has a better copyright protection program; at least when I e-mail them about it, I get a reply within a few days, and they don't randomly change the procedures to make it my fault for not sending in the complaint properly.

I would really appreciate it if you guys could e-mail them at info@artandwriting.org or a&wGeneralInfo@scholastic.com and tell them how you disapprove of their poor copyright protection procedure. Though seeing as how they like to ignore e-mails, I'm not sure if it'll work but I want to try. I really don't want any future contestants to loose to an art thief and be ignored.

*sigh* I just needed to rant this out. I'll be sorting through all the notes and e-mail in the next fews days and hopefully put up some new drawings as well. Chapter 2 of Knite will be out within a month, and since I'll be on break, I can finish a new chapter every month. Thanks for being so patient with me, guys :hug:

New Update:

Thanks for all the support and help!!! :hug: There's even a Facebook group now [ http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=119975641363010&v=wall&ref=ts ] haha you guys are too much! :hug:

I've e-mailed Kasey Bowman's art teacher and I'll hopefully get a reply on Monday. I'm also planning to mail/call/fax the Scholastic people on Monday as well. I'll keep you guys updated on what happens by then! :D

Thanks again for the overwhelming amount of help :hug: :love: :heart:

I have cross-posted this to art_theft as well. If there are any other places that would be a great place to post this, please if you can spread the news of this.

I'd like to apologize again if this post is not meant for here and will not take offense if admins delete this post.

FYI:: I ended up having to do a search for the facebook group. But if you type in "Kasey Bowman is an Art Thief", you should get it as the first result

For people who can not view it or don't have deviantart here's the ORIGINAL image being ripped.

::EDIT2:: Scholastic has already revoked the awards and scholarship and has removed the art from all sites. Should we say that this is resolved? I'm not sure. Personally, I'm more miffed at how Scholastic was giving yuumei the run around until they were hit by the angry mob. So, until they change their policy, we won't know.
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May. 2nd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Approved but could you also fix the links so that they work?
May. 2nd, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
doing so now. I forgot that copying text doesn't necessarily copy the url as well. @_@
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May. 2nd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Garbage like this really grinds my gears.

It's one thing to have your art blatantly stolen by a teenager. It's a whole new ballgame when those in positions of authority and influence PROTECT the perpetrator.

I smell lawsuit.
May. 2nd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
I see she was able to email the thief's instructor. Lets hope they have the cajones to get this girl punished.
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May. 2nd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I do not mind that at all. Give me a few minutes to get my photobucket up and running.
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May. 2nd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Would you mind putting this under a cut? It's a bit long...
May. 2nd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
And on the YTWWN article they list her deviantart account. So now people are going to harass her. And she will deactivate her account and move on and it'll be harder to follow her. BRILLIANT!
May. 2nd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
While I disagree with harassment, I doubt the thief having or not having a dA account would make much difference in terms of following it. Especially since the offense didn't occur on dA territory.
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May. 2nd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'll never understand art theft. Because then people expect you to actually draw like that yourself and you're trapped. Not to mention you yourself know the work's not your own, so you've got a false pride.

Here's hoping they take it seriously and strip the kid of his(her?) award.

Is there anything you can concretely point to which would cement that the work was done before Kasey ever submitted it for the contest?

Edited at 2010-05-02 08:04 pm (UTC)
May. 2nd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
On the link to the original image on devianart. It states that it was submitted in 2006.


Kasey was awarded in 2010.
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May. 2nd, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
This is so frustrating. I've seen the copy and the original. I hope Yummei can get Kasey's ass in court.
May. 2nd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
*points* All the more. If handfuls of people will attest and it can be shown there's a clear trail that this has existed for a while, it's hard to ignore.

I guess it's a compliment it won an award. If only it were for the right person.
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May. 2nd, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ. When I found out a digital piece of mine won "best photograph" in an art contest (I didn't know it was put in the wrong category, I was sick when the show happened,) I fell all over myself trying to fix it and letting the contest runners know about the mistake so the photography award could go to a photographer.

I can't imagine KNOWINGLY putting in copied artwork and winning for it. That's just beyond low. And to think the art organization is doing absolutely nothing. How can you stand for art when you let a plagiarist get away scot free?
May. 2nd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm curious since I'm not familiar with furry art, but is the art on her DA actually hers?
May. 2nd, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'm not even sure if that's even her dA account. I only know of yuumei's
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May. 3rd, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Irony. "Gee, let's take the work that's all about how selfish people are and how they lie!"

Like others have said, it's just an idea. Thing is, that's a poem that Yuumei wrote, unless I'm mistaken. Sure, poses can be tossed around, but a poem without credit? No.
May. 3rd, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Well... if this story does happen to get more attention and does happen to make it to court, you can be sure that after wards Scholastic will have a huge shitstain on their face (that is unless they do end up doing the right thing and just quietly strip Kasey of her awards).
May. 3rd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Am I the only person who think that everyone is overreacting here?

Looking at the two images side by side, they don't look traced. She redrew a picture idea. I'm willing to bet there's art that had this concept long before yuumei did it as wings, naked girls and blood isn't exactly a highly original thing.

I do think that she should have given credit for what gave her the idea considering she used the poem, but she used the poem saying it 'inspired her' and admitted that she did not write it.
I just don't agree with the people who are saying shes a thief when you cant steal a pose or idea.

I just dont feel that it's the same as if she'd taken the actual original image, printed it and said she'd done it.
THAT, to me, would be theft.
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May. 3rd, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
That sniveling thief can kiss her awards and her scholarship goodbye. I have zero sympathy for anyone who thinks it's ok to steal and cheat their way through life.
May. 3rd, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
Poses, like said by myself and others above, are toss up. This is TOO close. Not to mention, that poem is ON the original image. So she had to see it to get it.

I can NOT stand for her winning MONEY for it though! If she didn't win money, and if it wasn't a national thing (meaning, stayed at the school) I could see being okay with it. But this is taking recognition away from the original artist.

Also, if this is going for prize money, the author of the poem should have given permission for it's use ON the image. If it was on the note-card as reference to the inspiration, that's one thing. This is ON the image. They should have asked for permission to do so.
May. 3rd, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Can't say that I'm not pissed. I'm more pissed at the fact that said institute seems to be doing nothing (or visually seen) as doing anything about it. It isn't fair on the other people who were going for the scholarship, I do not believe that she is deserving of it by any means.

I take the not doing anything about it back

Edited at 2010-05-03 07:35 am (UTC)
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