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Filipino artist slams store for allegedly stealing her artwork for commercial gain

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A Filipino artist has called a store for allegedly stealing her artwork and selling it as her own product.

The named artist Gail Purissima Where pureautumnarts accused an online store of stealing his artwork from a BTS member, Jungkook.

In a September 4 post, Purisima said one of his followers informed that his works were being sold at a store in SM Southmall.

She uploaded photos of a digitized copy of her artwork as an L&R sticker that her follower had sent her in a private chat.

“A counterfeit of my L&R ​​Jungkook sticker was found in a store in Southmall. It is a scanned copy of my work and they are selling them at a much lower price,” Purisima said.

“Obviously, that’s not the quality of my stickers. The print is dull and they used a canvas photo top which I have never used for my stickers. Please don’t buy from them,” she added.

Purisima also thanked her disciple for informing her.

“Thank you so much to my follower who recognized my work and also to our supporters (the original artists and creators) you are much appreciated,” she said with a heart emoji.

On September 5, Purisima shared an update on the situation.

She said she had already contacted store management about her works.

They were surprised at first because they thought their own artist had created it for them.

“I showed them proof that I am the original artist behind this JK L&R artwork,” Purisima tweeted.

“They said sorry naman and will release JK (Jungkook) stickers from their store. But I know matatagalan pa but they promised na tatanggalin sa display,” she added.

The online store’s public pages on Facebook and Shopee are still accessible at the time of writing.

Purisima’s stickers, however, were not found there.

On the theft of art, literature

Purisima then interviewed the alleged store artist.

The digital illustrator alleged that several of her other BTS artworks were also traced and copied. She also accompanied her message with a screenshot of a gallery of her illustrations.

“Pero I was too bothered by their kuno artist. How can you call yourself an artist if you’re just tracing and copying someone’s art style? The owner showed me several works submitted by this person and I was too speechless when I saw na hindi lang yung L&R Jk ko yung drawn,” his tweet read.

In another Facebook post, Purisima discouraged her followers from buying stolen drawings or illustrations, especially those made by artists like her.

“Please please please!! If you see someone selling stolen art, don’t buy from them. Also on nakikita natin on pinterest, instagram and twitter , wag naman po natin iprint yun tapos ibebenta pa. Have some respect naman po sa mga little artist like me. Big deal po samin to cause we worked hard on this,” the artist said.

“Buy direct from the artist,” she added.

Artistic plagiarism

The CIIT College of Arts and Technology has defined art theft as “the obvious theft of works of art and their publication as your own art”.

“Without asking for consent or giving credit to the source, the act is a collateral claim for the stolen piece. Art theft is not limited to simply posting someone else’s artwork. Altering it to make it different is also an act of plagiarism,” CIIT said.

“On the other hand, trace is an act of duplicating the original artwork with little or no change at all. Like art theft, tracing also goes beyond tracing copying as it also involves enhancements. Even after tracing the original piece, adding color doesn’t make it yours. Flipping the traced piece backwards, altering the details and changing the original hues doesn’t make it unique,” ​​he added.

Artistic plagiarism is a form of cheating and an illegal act, according to the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

“Although it violates the right of the author or the artist and is against the law, plagiarism is not a serious criminal offence; but since this amounts to copyright infringement, the act is still punishable by law,” says CIIT.

Copyright refers to “the legal protection granted to the owner of the rights to an original work”.

The full IP code can be read here: Main Philippine Intellectual Property Laws – Google Docs.