Stolen for profit

This image was sent to me by a good friend who stayed at the hotel.


I called De Spring Hotel in Kuantan immediately and they put the blame on Seagull Signcraft as they said that Seagull Signcraft also located in Kuantan was the one who came up with the design.

I made it for Hush Puppies last year for their Hari Raya campaign. And they used it for 2 months with a licence usage for poster printing, newspaper ads and money packets. They even put it online on their website, of which I think that leads to other companies stealing this image for their own profit and that includes Seagull Signcraft.

Again, images found on the Internet are not free to use. It is like window shopping, you can only see but cannot take or use. You have to pay for it.

Again and again, below is the information of what you cannot do ut of images found on the Internet or search engine like Google, Bing and what not:

1) If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted. The default you should assume for other people’s works is that they are copyrighted and may not be copied unless you know otherwise. There are some old works that lost protection without notice, but frankly you should not risk it unless you know for sure. It is true that a notice strengthens the protection, by warning people, and by allowing one to get more and different damages, but it is not necessary. If it looks copyrighted, you should assume it is. This applies to pictures, too. You may not scan pictures from magazines and post them to the net, and if you come upon something unknown, you shouldn’t post that either.

2) If you don’t charge for it, it’s not a violation. False. Whether you charge can affect the damages awarded in court, but that’s main difference under the law. It’s still a violation if you give it away — and there can still be serious damages if you hurt the commercial value of the property.

3) If it’s posted to Internet, it’s in the public domain. False. Nothing modern and creative is in the public domain anymore unless the owner explicitly puts it in the public domain(*). Explicitly, as in you have a note from the author/owner saying, “I grant this to the public domain.” Those exact words or words very much like them.

4) It doesn’t hurt anybody — in fact it’s free advertising. It’s up to the owner to decide if they want the free ads or not. If they want them, they will be sure to contact you. Don’t rationalize whether it hurts the owner or not, ask them. Usually that’s not too hard to do.

I am taking action now. Will update the matter on my twitter and Facebook. Stay tune.

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  1. eh..hotel kat kuantan? de spring? kat mana tu? xpernah pulak dengar… advertising/printing company lah yg buat ni kan… they should have known better la kan pasal isu copyright nih… ishhh!

  2. Salam Emila…saya pernah menyewa di hotel ini pada tahun lepas dan secara keseluruhan perkhidmatan yang diberikan memuaskan hati (kemungkinan kerana ketika itu ia baru diperkemaskan sempena SUKMA yang berlangsung di Pahang.). Tapi perbuatan mereka mencuri karya Emila untuk kepentingan (keuntungan?) mereka amat tidak wajar apatah lagi oleh agensi yang membuat iklan tersebut yang nyata tidak beretika.

  3. Btul kata Syuk…. your drawing like a magnet, buat smua org tertarik.. apa2 pun respect lah hasil karya org lain, susah2 cari idea tuk hasil kan sesuatu yang membuat orang suka, tapi deangan sesenang hati nya orang lain ciplak. By the way, karya k.emi saya guna untuk menghiasi screen computer sy… walaupun blur, tapi puas hati laa sebab dapat tatap karya yang comel2 ni everyday… boleh kan sis?

  4. ni bkn kali pertama dgr hal mcm ni berlaku.. tapi yg geram tu bila diorg tak mengaku salah. blh pulak nak put the blame on others. the least they should do is say sorry for what had happened. Seriously, some people lack common sense =_=

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