Stealing the Castle

I made a gigposter for Of Montreal last year, and a month or so ago posted a smaller art print (8″ x 10″) version of the work on my flickr page.

A fellow poster maker spotted the image online, apparently promoting a Texas music festival called Connect the Dots. They just slapped some text on it and turned it into a flier.

Ugh. I have sent messages to all the bands and the festival (all of them have it as their myspace profile pic) in hopes that they will take it down and stop actin’ a fool.

Posted by livingvinyl  |  19 Comments  |  in Design, Fine Art, Music


  1. CheapoMagEd 03/05/2010 7:24 am

    I say, if you want free pics, go to stock.xchng (
    Images on Flickr may be under CC, but that’s not Flickr’s original purpose, was it? If the promoter or designer was not aware of it, then now they should be made aware.

  2. bliss 01/21/2010 7:04 pm

    Could be a misunderstanding. Some people think that all images hosted on Flickr are licensed under Creative Commons. Many images hosted on Flickr are CC licensed. It’s possible that the image came up in a CC image search, and the promoter didn’t look to see if the image was actually CC or not.

    Anyway, not excusing the festival promoter’s actions, just highlighting a possibility.

  3. Getoffmylawn 01/21/2010 6:56 pm

    Bah! This interweb tube is without worth. There are brigands about it, no doubt sitting inside the tubules waiting to waylay our precious ideas. You mustn’t ever display your thought-wares to anyone without them first signing an agreement and handing over a handsome deposit of gold to ensure they do not plunder your work. But certainly it is folly to have anything to do with the interwebs, you cannot even get solid gold through the tubes! Humbug!

    Tis prudent that everyone should take all their images from the tubes forever. The large sums of profit lost from not having a interweb presence are definitely smaller than the hiring of a lawyer to resolve these issues or other counter measures. You cannot even hire a destitute Irishman to sit inside the tubes leading to your “website” and club to death image bandits!

    And I give you this advice as an old washed-up has-been who can’t figure out how to make any money or manage risks associated with being online; and NOT as a fellow creative interested in reducing potential competition by persuading you all to not have an online presence. My heavens no.

    Now, get off my lawn!

  4. yeah right 01/04/2010 5:10 am

    Why not just STOP putting your work online instead?

  5. Rachel 12/22/2009 9:47 pm

    I would just take this to court, they are using material that is not theirs without permission. That is lawsuit worthy.

  6. emcee 12/19/2009 11:27 pm

    This is just shameless. At least they had the good sense not to desecrate it with their shitty fonts.

  7. remember the rule 12/19/2009 8:34 am

    if you upload, you goad a toad

  8. Anonymous 12/15/2009 3:13 am

    laugh it up fool

  9. robokid 12/13/2009 8:00 pm

    Don’t anybody let take a picture of you either, that will steal your soul!!!!

  10. Anonymous 12/11/2009 4:34 am

    It’s like the various carry-ons with Facebook and people’s privacy. All of these systems want your content, because it makes them money. There’s big bucks in this. And now, they’re trying to change the copyright law so that everything is fair game. Big mistake people. DON’T put your personal details into Facebook, and DON’T put your work Flickr. This internet sharing is serious BS that will come back and bite you all in the ass. Only natural born thieves will get anything out this.

  11. Toby 12/09/2009 9:26 pm

    @kimberly shaw: Uh, hon — that’s what THIS blog is for.

  12. kimberly shaw 12/09/2009 4:53 am

    I know how you feel, really. ARG!!! Can you hear me screaming over the net? I Love your castle by the way!!! This is illegal. Go to the top and expose them. I see this too often and am thinking of creating a blog just to expose copyright infringement. Do I have your permission to make this known on my blog with yours and there pics? I’m really sorry, praying this gets resolved.

  13. Margot 12/09/2009 1:24 am

    @apartment: Lucida Handwriting. Eugh. Used by idiots everywhere.
    @arkonbey: That guy is just using the lightbox script (written with JavaScript). It wouldn’t stop anybody from accessing an image and stealing it. Even if you disable right clicking there’s a work-around. There’s always a work-around, there’s really nothing you can do to 100% make sure work isn’t stolen when you put it online. You just have to take that risk.

  14. apartment 12/02/2009 12:04 am

    Fuck. That could be the worst type face known to man. Nice castle though.

  15. arkonbey 11/30/2009 2:48 pm

    That bites. I was worrying about this same thing when I was creating a portfolio website for my painter wife. I opted to use Flash. It’s damned annoying to update, but the images cannot be directly stolen and a screen snap would (hopefully) be to low-res to use.

    Another option I’m looking into for her re-design is what this guy uses (click on a thumbnail).

    The other option is to create such a following that anybody that stole would be outed pretty quickly ;)

  16. Anonymous 11/28/2009 2:55 pm

    a watermark or low-res image are your best options, besides not posting it to begin with. if you want to show detail, maybe an inset or two?

  17. brendan 11/28/2009 10:35 am

    Watermarks def look terrible on any image

  18. Lamberg 11/28/2009 9:48 am

    But then we got the dilemma if you want to show of your work with a huge watermark.

  19. Anonymous 11/28/2009 6:52 am

    If that’s for real, I think it shows what a bad idea it is to put stuff on flickr (or anywhere) without a honking big watermark.

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