EPISODE 04: Art Theft

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Hey, it’s me, Slob again! I am going to tell to you my own stories — About being an ugly Otaku myself.

This time, let’s talk about artworks. Are you familiar with those, right? Basically, I had tried drawing a lot of times, but in the end I ain’t successful. That’s the time that I gave up in drawing some “complex” artworks, though that I tried doing some little drawings, like that pixel artworks!

So going back. Talking about artworks… They can be drawn usually in Anime form, but not always. And yes, they were drawn by those indie artists out there somewhere.

Usually, these Anime artworks can be “lewd”, “sexy”, or even up to the point that it is really dirty or explicit, after all.

But did you know that creating those pieces of artworks usually take time to finish? Yep, they really worked hard with their own sweat.

These artworks are usually posted in public, into their SNS accounts. Sometimes, they were shared elsewhere, too.

It is really good to like and love these artworks because not it is just lewd and sexy. It is because, I do really love that artist who tried to put his or her efforts in making that artwork for everybody, including me.

How about those people who follow that artist, and yet, they are trying to “steal” their artworks? So then, how do this art theft usually happen?

Art theft may occur if a person was really fascinated with the artist’s artworks. And then, he or she tries to steal it by saving it as a copy, and then he or she posted it to their own SNS accounts, claiming that the artwork was theirs. Basically, they are “reposting” someone’s artwork without any permission or credit. And that’s how art thefting occurs.

How about people stealing and using someone’s artwork without permission? One example is the previous Anime convention that I had attended before. In the part of their program, they had put up a giant tarpaulin into auction. And that giant tarpaulin with an artwork of an Anime character has been bid for several times, until it has reached its highest bid. And then, I am unaware of this incident, since the artwork used in the giant tarpaulin is from someone’s artwork that I never know. That’s right, and that artist goes by the name, “Ichie”.

Ichie posted on her SNS account in public that her beautiful artwork has been stolen, and was used in a giant tarpaulin. The people are now alarmed about that incident, and they are now blaming the organizers about it. And then, she tried contacting the organizers, but she said that she got difficulties in contacting them. Thanks to her fans and followers, she was able to talk with the organizer about that incident. In the end, the organizers have apologized, and they promised that the kind of incident shall never ever happen again in the future. But still, the people are angry and they are still backlashing their comments. And Ichie learned her lesson very well. She just needs to put some watermarks at her future artworks, from now on.

There are artists who draw some cute and sexy, yet lewd artworks. Yep, they can be either original or adapted. And there are some people who liked these artworks. And at the same time, they repost them without permission or credit.

So then, it is okay to like and share. But then, don’t forget to acknowledge the artist also who created that artwork. It is because, his or her time in doing it is not free. Don’t be like those people who do art thefting from an artist, and an Ugly Otaku like me would never like to do that.


Inori Donz

Inori Donz is a blogger, video gamer, Anime enthusiast, bicycle rider, and Anime figure photographer. His favorite area of concentration is 'LoveLive! Series', where he plays its featured smartphone video games, as well as watching its Anime series counterparts. "I like Anime, toys and figures, and mostly, I like playing free-to-play video games. Definitely not your usual commoner you see everyday in the streets." He started his blogging journey since December 2013, with a free WordPress blog, named 'IemDonz Blog'. That free blog contains most of his Anime figure photography works, as well as some of his opinions and experiences in the Anime world.