This goes for all the people that has been asking me lately for a print in the fanart image I did of Sif and Artorias (Dark Souls):First:
I apologize to all of you who have been waiting for a print of this (completely forgot about what I wrote there saying that I was gonna offer prints of this), regretfully I found out that Deviant Art doesn't allow the prints of Fanart because obviously, the print service is a service
offered by DeviantArt and it costs money, which makes me have to charge you for it, which makes the whole thing a little bit of a copyright infringement on the characters of the game. I know some artists (not gonna name them) that make a ton of money by selling fanart (copyrighted intelectual property) and I could do the same. But I don't wanna fall in that area and I will not allow myself to make a few bucks out of the work of other people (even if it's a company or an independent project).
Some of us (most of us) know Teechip
. Teechip is a company that as many, dedicate themselves to sell and redistribute merchandise printed with popular images. Such as the service that DeviantArt provides (with the permission of the artist), Teechip just takes the image out of the web and sells their products openly without any shame.
Lately I've been getting several messages with the link of Teechip selling this particular image as an IPhone Case and a Poster. I've already been in contact with Teechip at the beginning of last year and all what they've done is make things worst for me. Delaying, referring to other people that won't solve the problem, asking me for a bunch of data and documents that I have to pay in order to make a DMCA claim. They've just had me go around in circles so they can keep selling their products.
Believe me, I could have done something about it if I was quite relentless, but I know if I happen to be successful on taking the image down, I would have wasted time, resources, gained nothing (no money), and they would be still selling tons of other stolen material. Take me seriously when I say that Teechip is very known for this and has been at it for a long time. There's even a couple (or more) Facebook groups that are against Teechip, reddit posts, forums, independent artists complaining, it's all over the web. Just search "Teechip steals", you'll know what I'm talking about.
So you be aware, here are the links to the images, they even have a fake timer running out, so you kinda go bananas with a feeling of "I have to get this now!!" sort of thing. Also the Facebook page that used to distribute this material, not too big now since all of the claims, but still has some stuff in it. IPhone Case Poster
Facebook(s): DarkSoulsFans DarkSoulsLover BloodborneFans
... it doesn't stop...
What I've done:
I've taken it in to my hands to submit a extremely high resolution version of the image that you can download for free
and print yourself. It will be cheaper as you're ordering and waiting for a printing to arrive, to download this image and send it to a pro that will know how to print the image correctly (not even I know how to do that stuff good). So let's battle this scam with free stuff. Distribute this link Festigame - Dark Souls
of the image with friends that are interested in having a print, and spread the word about those shady Facebook pages and about Teechip being a huge scam.
Support the artists, support the companies that create those amazing IP's and don't buy stolen work from weird places. Even from those idiots losers that go to Cons to sell other people's artwork.
if you thing that Teechip is legit.