If the only place you know to reach out about this is a cheezy website forum, then I'm affraid you will never see a dime for royalties. You would honestly need a really good lawyer and substantial proof that you created the image, to be taken to the courts after you sue the publisher. But we here can do nothing, not a thing
Get a lawyer. Especially as it appears they are in a different country than you are, the laws are going to get complex, and the publisher. As the book has already been published, contract have already been signed. Who is getting paid what has already been agreed upon. The publishing company is going to be very reluctant to part with more money.
Mercury-CroweFeatured By OwnerDec 28, 2012Professional Artisan Crafter
You need to contact the publisher, I suppose, and talk to them first. You may be able to arrange payment and either get paid or pull the picture from future publications.
You might actually need to get a lawyers advice on this one, too. Talk to the publisher first. Then find a lawyer who specializes in copyright.
Buying a print doesn't transfer copyright. You have to actually sign it over to them for them to be able to use it. Same with drawings. Someone buys that particular piece of art, but can't do anything with it without a release.
Ya id for sure contact a lawyer, Its worth the Price to see one, I hear it might cost like $200 to see one. BUt its totally worth talking to one at this point imo. Just because they bought a print doesnt mean they have ownership of that image. They shouldve at least gave you credit for the cover and had your name on it for the illustration at the least imo(respect for the artist at least). KNowing that I think its BS and i would be soo pissed right now.
Honestly with a book with your art....you should get illustration credits, you should be either getting a % of the book sales or they should buy your image outright and then they own it but buying it from you for a larger fee.
This is worth talking to a lawyer about. try to find one that deals with copyright issues when it comes to artists works. Might have to do some research on them in your area and see what ones tailor to that specific grievance.
Also idk if you should contact the publisher before or after you talk to a lawyer. Might be better after you talk to one so you know your options.
Best of luck with this.
ps. If it was me id go after them. Its the principle. I hate people that do stuff like this.
well what should they say? they can only pay you for it...they can not even include your name because the book is already there. and you should really contact an lawyer because you probably don't know how much money you should get no, do you? the probably have to pay your for the picture itself and for stealing art too... but I have actually no idea... I just hate arthiefs
one of my work has been stolen recently. it was on a flyer and everything just made me so angry and was really nerve-wracking because I couldn't really do anything
I wish you the best and hope the problem will be solved soon!
I think you're right. One day has passed and they still have not responded. I'm sorry for your work !! You must feel really angry. I hate people that steal art, it's just wrong but we have to accept that thieves are everywhere, we have to protect ourselves & of course, ready to fight
just accidental! I searched my picture with googleimage and I found the image of the book cover(surprisingly, it's possible to identify ,that photo has been edited quite a lot). Search again with book cover image, results have displayed the sales page online that they are selling this book.
I'll think you'll have to take a lawyer for international copy rights and make some lawsuit against this copyright violation. But this may be complicated because of your home country and the home country of the copyright violator. ANd I don't know very to handle this case Turkey or Vietnam. The possibilities are to get an adequate payment for using your photo which may be several 1000 Euros for your work or removing the picture from all books (how many books have been printed?). The change of the color is no reason ro say it is anouther work
I think that's the correct way. When you have a friend in the european country, who handles the lawsuit for you, it might be very helpfull. For yor information Turkey is an european country but not member of the european union, therefore it might be possible that the whole cas emust be handled in Turkey.
When someone buys a print they are not buying the rights to reproduce or use the artwork in that way.
You are going to have to contact the publisher. Legal council on what could be done would be helpful too, so you know what courses you can take. You're eventually going to want to send the publisher a cease and desist letter, but considering it's in another country, they could very well just say fuck it, and have a nice day.