Scholastic Art winner is a thief

UPDATE 2 Letter from Scholastic via their Facebook page:

Message from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Hoy a las 11:51
It has been brought to our attention, and we have confirmed, that a high school student from Oregon submitted to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards a painting that she now acknowledges was copied from another artist, Wenqing Yan. The student has apologized to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and her National Gold Medal and American Visions Award have been revoked. She is no longer considered a Scholastic Award winner. The work will not appear in our publications and the painting was removed from our online galleries. Contrary to information posted online by commenters on various sites, this student received no monetary prize from our program.

Plagiarism is antithetical to the core values of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and as an organization, we take a tough stand on plagiarism. We work closely with parents and teachers to help students understand the ethical and legal implications of plagiarism. Because of the number of submissions we receive, it is impossible for us to absolutely verify the originality of each entry, but we consider this to have been an isolated episode. Students who submit to the awards are required to sign a consent form that confirms the originality of their work. In addition, our guidelines clearly state that “[by] applying to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, each student undertakes to (a) present original work that (i) has been created by her or himself and (ii) does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity…” We share our fans’ concern over this matter and take such issues very seriously. The student is well aware of the seriousness of this issue and has expressed her deep regret.

We encourage concerned observers to remember that the student involved has acknowledged that she has made a mistake, and to think about the effects that statements posted online may have. We also encourage parents to talk to their children about cyber-bullying and to read available resources on safe social networking on the Federal Trade Commission’s website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec13.shtm.

We will shortly be announcing another student who will be honored with the American Visions Award for 2010.

Thank you.

So, fortunately (and after a lot of mails and journals in different sites about the case and a massive internet protest) justice was served :)

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UPDATE Today via Facebook, Scholastic claimed that they are looking into the issue seriously now. All we can say is we hope it’s true this time.

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Wenqing Yang, a.k.a. Yuumei is a 19 years old chinese illustrator residing in the United States, well-know in artist social network deviantART being a very active member since 2003.

Some days ago she found this:

Stolen Wings - Yummei's Selfish rip off

One of her oldest works, named “Selfish” got plagiarized by Kasey Bowman, a 18 years old student, winning 2 Gold Medals awards on Scholastic Alliance for Young Artist and Writers contest. She not only copied the drawing almost exactly how it is, but she also copied the poem that Yuumei wrote herself.

The original here, made in 2006 when Yummei was 15 years old:

Selfish

This shouldn’t be a big problem. She can just contact them to get the awards revoked… Well wrong. The organization is making things impossible for Yuumei deleting their contact info and covering up Kasey Bowman’s case.

Extract of Yuumei’s dairy:

Sad thing is, that’s not the real problem…

I actually found out about this art theft on April 6th and e-mailed the Scholastic people at [email protected] about the issue with all the info required on the the “COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM NOTICE AND PROCEDURE”, but I did not receive a reply. I was too busy with studying and research essays to look into why, but now I do know and it’s really pissing me off. If you check their current Terms of Service page [link] , you’ll see they’ve changed the copyright infringement procedure to “do not send such notice to our e-mail address”, instead we must mail to the address or fax them (without providing a fax #). They also added a statement saying they can change the procedure anytime they want without prior announcement.

I will be writing a mail to them…ONCE THEY PUT UP A PROPER ADDRESS TO MAIL TO!
This is what they have on the site:

“Legal Department
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.
557 Broadway – Room ______
New York, NY 10012″

Room??? So we’re not suppose to e-mail, there’s no fax # and the address is incomplete?

Why am I so angry? Let’s see, the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is the leading organization in helping young artists getting noticed, yet they take copyright infringement issues so lightly. I know for a fact that the person who informed me about art theft also contacted the the Scholastic people; she told me that even her AP art teacher and fellow classmates wrote to them about the unfairness of the competition. Yet we were all ignored because the plagiarized drawing is still on their site and people are still noting me about the issue.

If you want to read the complete the journal follow this link.

Selfish deviation in Yuumei’s gallery.
Scholastic Alliance for Young Artist and Writers main website.
Scholastic Alliance for Young Artist and Writers e-mail: [email protected]
Kasey’s deviantART account.
Scholastic Alliance for Young Artist and Writers Facebook page.
South Albany High School, Kasey’s school.

News articles about Kasey’s “work”:

Teen artists hit national stage
SA trio invited to New York

128 comments

  • Thank you! I just registered to make a post about this, but you’ve already done it.

    This is absolutely outrageous. The way Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists and Writers deal with this problem is unprofessional and simply offending to Yuumei. If they don’t clear up this mess soon, then I and everyone else who knows about this will use today’s greatest weapon: media.

    After this, I don’t think I can trust Scholastic anymore. Just… sickening.

  • if there’s anything i can do in this fight against a thief, let me know, i’ll do anything. i’ve been a follower of Yuumei for a good long while now, and this “Kasey Bowman” has committed a moral offense against a good person.

  • ps: i found a phone number and a fax, i’ve already posted it to Yuumei, in hopes it will help

  • May I suggest sending this in to Consumerist.com? They love a good “organization supporting copyright infringement” story (especially one where the company is making it more difficult to contact them!), and since they’re so huge, they get a lot of attention when they do it. Usually companies get such bad press through it that they fall over themselves to make amends.

  • Puck’s suggestion is sound. A good scandal is always good for attention.

  • Thanks, I’m going to try consumerist.com :P

  • There is always the option of taking it to the papers, I for one over in Northern Ireland can get in touch with Belfast telegraph since my dad works for them.

    Poor Yuumei, I hope she get’s her justice. I feel for her having to go through this but Puck was right on the money.

    That Bowman or whatever her name is should be shaking in her boots, I hope she’s taken to court. Stupid silly girl.

  • I went to consumerist.com website but I can’t find contact info (only for inquiries and tips) what should I do?

  • Thanks for this, I hope we can avenge Yuumei. ;) )

  • I would suggest emailing this to http://io9.com/, there part of the Gawker blogs network, the most well known being gizmodo.com. Also, http://www.cgtalk.com, if Kasey is exposed on this website, she’ll never work in the industry. Also, I hate to pull the race card, but if the Scholastic organization isn’t willing to cooperate there should be plenty of Asian American societies that could paint this in a more ugly light, i.e. the original artist being Asian, and the plagiarizer/organization not being…

  • While I’m at it…

    Could we please keep in mind that Kasey is just a 17 girl who made a big mistake? She’s not the Devil, she’s not a Nazi, she may not even be a bad person. She messed up. It’s going to hurt when it comes back to her – but we really don’t need to be hunting her down and hanging her in the backyard. 17 year olds are sensitive enough as it is. I would hate to read a follow-up about her suicide.

  • …Lol a follow up about her suicide.
    While I know that’s not intended to be funny, and when taken seriously, isn’t, but in the midst of all this drama and outrage (I’ve sent my own fair share of emails to officials) the idea of a classic suicide follow up made me giggle.

    I repent now, and I truly hope she does NOT commit suicide or attempt to harm herself in ANY way at all. I pray for her ability to handle all of this attention and negative exposure, and I truly hope she apologizes for her wrongs and has learned her lesson.

  • Yes, Kasey Bowman did plagiarize her entry, but it’s the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists that made her the winner. If they had any decency at all, this would be taken down immediately, with the girl stripped of her awards. Quick and simple.

    Fight the corrupt organization in charge of this contest, not the artist herself.

  • Someone should make a page for her on encyclopedia dramatica

  • For her? Bleh… Not too much to say.

    For the organization? Depends on how this end up.

  • she is a 17 year old with plenty of brain to know that PLAGIARISM IS A CRIME. No compassion for someone who did it purposefully.

    and Scholastic Alliance and Kasey’s school are trying to cover it up…. SHAME ON THEM ALL!!!!

  • I can’t believe how the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists it’s takin this case, I used to believe they were serious but all ended up as bullshit, such SHAME. This should be arranged NOW and they have to inmediately take away all the prizes of that Kasey Bowman. It’s as simple as if you don’t have the ability, don’t steal a Better artist one just DON’T participate. Try harder and improve your skills THEN you can try again with something ORIGINAL the bad thing about this now. Is that probably EVERYONE knows about this and your future works MAY not be even considered. You lost too much for a stupidity. Think it better, when doing things in life, they have HUGE consequences.

  • Wow. I’m one of Kasey Bowman’s schoolmates, and I’m really shocked. I saw this painting (As well as the initial sketch, and every stage in between) in our art classroom and I remember admiring it, as well as her other paintings.

    There’s no denying that this is blatant plagiarism, which is really a shock because the girl (Kasey) /does/ have talent, and it isn’t like this is her only painting to win an award (Her DeviantArt I may add does NOTHING to prove this, but still). She’s a very soft-spoken, non-deviant, sort, and it just seems a huge shock that she’d do anything like this.

    I am curious if the school’s art teacher is aware of this, considering she sings her praises often. This is a real let down, and hopefully she’ll be able to man up and admit that she made a huge mistake without causing a huge drama storm.

  • I just don’t know how she can sleep at night, how she can feel any ounce of pride, or how she can smile for the camera in photos surrounding her “honours”.

    I guess a $10,000 scholarship would make it easier. =_______=;;;

  • Maybe these other examples of “talent” and award winning paintings are also plagiarised, one must wonder, SAHS Student. I doubt she just suddenly one day thought, ‘Eh, maybe for this competition I’ll try copying another’s work, just to see how that goes…’ There seems a good chance that all this other work you’ve so admired was no different than this case here.

  • k-zumi: [email protected] is the correct place to send your “article.” You could call them too at the # on the front page, but I think email is better with all the links.

    Here are links to similar stories they’ve covered from Hot Topic’s misdeeds (which are always sorted shortly afterwards):
    http://consumerist.com/2010/02/did-hot-topic-steal-these-adorable-designs-from-a-web-comic.html
    http://consumerist.com/2008/12/hot-topic-steals-yet-another-design-and-sells-it-as-its-own.html
    http://consumerist.com/2009/01/the-hits-keep-coming-hot-topic-is-selling-another-eerily-familiar-design.html
    http://consumerist.com/2008/09/hot-topic-likes-your-art-so-much-theyre-selling-it.html

    And…
    http://consumerist.com/2007/04/designer-todd-goldman-accused-of-rampant-plagiarism.html
    http://consumerist.com/2007/05/video-roundup-todd-goldmans-alleged-indie-art-swipe-spree-for-his-tshirt-company.html

    I agree on going easy on the kid. Lots of kids trace and copy to learn and think it’s easy to get away with enjoying the praise without crediting the original. No one gives it much thought until it’s a big thing like this. She should know better, but I knew lots of kids who didn’t. It shouldn’t ruin her life. This is about the organization not responding correctly in order to cover their asses.

  • http://www.myspace.com/50600454

    Does this look like her myspace? I found it off google from the peoplefinder website…

  • It’s things like this that make me so sick and disturbed. By stealing someone’s art, copying their beliefs, Kasey Bowman has proved she has no soul. Art is a representation of oneself, and by stealing someone’s piece, she’s basically admits that she is untalented, and has no ability to create something of her own. She has no respect for art or other artists if she simply believes she can just take, take, take and receive a pretty medal and a fancy scholarship or whatever. Kasey Bowman is no artist, she’s a theif.

  • One thing I must say is that Kasey Bowman is not a ‘kid’. She is old enogh to know better and that is what makes it worse!

  • I agree with M.P.! I am eighteen going on nineteen. I wouldn’t have done this last year, and I wouldn’t do it now– I knew the difference between right and wrong. People learn in elementary school not to copy others and steal things. Just because she’s young doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have to take the heat from the fire she started herself.

  • Yes, true scholastic may have made a big mistake of allowing her entry to win, but she is no little sweetie by knowingly stealing art to win with either. Two wrongs do not make a right. She is a thief, young or old it is wrong and by the company allowing it and awarding her is also wrong. They are both wrong.

    She has issues and they do to to give her a prize for it. She needs to face what she did. her age does not dismiss her from being wrong. nearly an adult should be able to understand what it means to steal. If she is a loose cannon then she needs other help. That is a whole other can of worms that her parents need to address. Something they should have taken under control years ago.

    She did wrong and she needs to face it. She needs to expect what is being said. She shouldn’t read it then and face her bad decision and learn from it and not do it again. Of course she should never be allowed to keep the award. That is ridiculous.

  • Hahaha seriously..

    A) This POS is no where near $10k
    B) Asian persuasion should be happy, he is now famous.
    C) He didn’t even apply for the scholarship.
    D) Good artists copy, great artists steal. -Pablo Picasso

  • Guys….

    This type of a mind cannot go to art school and then go on to the art world.
    Email all prominent art universities.
    Have any acceptances rescinded.

  • @AA Seriously? Art is taking what people view and making it better. That is what this girl did. She pwned yuumei. Yuumei is upset that some girl got money for a scholarship to goto college because she submitted something similar to something she drew. AND she didn’t even apply for the scholarship. It’s not like she lost to this girl SHE DIDN’T EVEN APPLY! +1 to her for getting it.

  • zabron05: Obvios (uninformed) troll is obvious(ly uninformed).

    Something like this wouldnt be acepted in any art school, you seriously missunderstood the idea of “Take it and improve it”.

    That’s why in art schools we learn to recreate, not copy and steal, and to protect our work from things like this.

    If all artist made blatant copies like this do you think anyone can get recognisized?

    BTW, if you don’t know Pablo Picasso said that phrase to justify the fact that all his cubism work are copies from some poor unrecognized African artists who didn’t have money to promote their own work.

  • I agree with Puck. I also feel that if you do go to consumerist, this article could be better written. Right now there are spelling errors and the language is more inflammatory than professional. Present the facts clearly and in a mature fashion, and that will be the best way to get justice for Wenqing Yang.

  • While Scholastic deserves a great deal of shame for taking such a matter so lightly (I smell a lawsuit?), this girl does NOT deserve for her crime to be taken lightly. Yes, most of us who deem ourselves artists started mimicking art/photos in our youth, but we were taught at a young age that stealing is WRONG. And that goes for theft in ANY form. Stealing is stealing. Her blatantly ripping an idea for a school project is bad enough, but the fact that she had the gall to submit it to a competition is sickening.

    Someone like that WILL be haunted by that crime for a very long time, and deservedly so. Just like a retailer would be hesitant to hire someone with theft in their background, a professional artistic company would be hesitant to hire someone who committed art theft. I won scholarships back in high school fair and square, and the fact someone would steal the hard work of another and claim a prize? It makes me sick to my stomach and negates the accomplishments of the other winners who did so fair and square.

  • When you say my article have spelling grammas and insults, I guess you refer the quote.

    Well, I copy-paste Yummei’s words from her dairy and I can’t change that… Not that I really can’t but I would feel bad if I add/remove words to her mouth.

    But if anyone notices a spelling or grammar errors or think about a part that can be improved feel free to tell me, I’m open to suggestions :)

    Maybe the meme-ralated language?

  • Jeez Murphy.

    I’m not suggesting she be given a free pass; I just don’t think she should be harrassed by countless of strangers not involved in the issue. We’re all upset by what happened, but it doesn’t give any of us the right to stalk her day and night like internet vigilantes.

  • Her copied poem is about stolen wings. Hah irony.

  • I just want her ‘rewards’ taken back from her because she really didn’t deserve them. I’m younnger then she is and I no better!

  • Sorry for the typos! “younger” and “know”

  • I am completely appalled that an organization that calls it self, “…the longest-running, most prestigious art and writing awards program in the U.S.” could let something that obvious slip through unnoticed. I sure hope that they have revoked her scholarship and taken away her awards for this.

  • I certainly think she should be stripped of the awards and have consequences, I just agree with what others have said in that we shouldn’t be dogpiling her at her myspace and such. Get the organization to deal with it, and that should be more than enough embarrassment for her to remember. You start stalking her across the internet and that’s just overkill.

    18 is still very young. I just imagine that she’s been copying for a while and taking easy praise, and then when this scholarship came up it was both easy, and probably promoted by her teacher, to use this stolen piece. You start with small lies and they snowball. As I said, I’ve known plenty of young artists that have tried a stunt like this. As soon as someone called them out for it, they learned and didn’t do it again. Because this girl won a big prize, she’s getting more than the usual “you screwed up” back lash. I’m not saying punishment is undeserved, or that she should come away thinking she can do this again. We all do stupid shit as young people, it’s just not always on a stage for everyone to email us nasty notes.

  • I think that borrowing ideas and mixing them up and using other peoples’ work to create new ideas is a BRILLIANT type of art. Hip hop uses samples of old music to make new tracks. Artist use techniques and insights of others plus their knowledge of art history to create new meaning. Ideas don’t just come out of thin air.

    … but what Kasey did wasn’t creating a new idea. She took the inspiration for “her” drawing from a poem she saw and created… the same, essentially-traced image. She did nothing to create a new idea, and the image is they same. It has no novelty, it has no value.

    She may have some great painting skills, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she took more of her ideas from others.

  • Come bring the argument to my DeviantArt Page.. I will attempt to take on the world! (Minus /b/… those fuckers are crazy.)

  • This is absolutely pathetic. To have to read some of the comments made over here about how this was all some “mistake” and that this girl had no clue as to what she was doing? Please! What a laughable excuse.

    Plagiarism is a serious crime that is introduced at a very young age. We’re talking at the very least, the start of high school, which this girl is definitely old enough to be in. Kindly spare me the crock about her being some airheaded little twit as well, because you and I both know that the virtue of ‘age 17′ alone doesn’t brand you as some suicidal danger-case, and she most definitely understood the severity of whatever she was doing. If not, then I hope that all the consequences of this act catch up to her, because this is something that she needs to learn, and learn NOW!

    Plagiarism is not something to be tolerated, be it in the art or academic communities. Stealing is wrong, period! Furthermore, she is using another person’s art to make a profit for an effort she didn’t make.

    It’s disgusting, despicable and morally unsound. I sincerely hope she has all her awards revoked and that she learns this lesson now.

  • Aysean: She won. QQ

  • She won with something that does not rightfully belong to her. I’m sure if you had put your hard work into something, or even just five minutes of your time and some random stranger took your effort and turned a profit, you would be flaming mad. More so, the fact that an organization like Scholastic is turning a blind eye to this is ridiculous.

    There a lot of people who need to man up here and take responsibility.

    Besides, zab, you’re such a troll. Either that, or your moral compass is seriously f-ed up. >.>

  • This is complete and total bullshit not only did she only copied yuumei art to a t but now there not even going to have the decency to respect copyright laws and fucking take away the awards whoever is stupid enough not to help this girl and oooooh I’m so pissed not only am I a loyal watcher of yuumei on deviant art but a honest to god neutral person and it takes a shit brick alot of fucked shit to piss me the fuck off and this is one of these things take away the awards give them to the runner up or better yet GIVE THEM TO YUUMEI

  • Sketches and gives credit

    This is complete and total bullshit not only did she only copied yuumei art to a t but now there not even going to have the decency to respect copyright laws and fucking take away the awards whoever is stupid enough not to help this girl and oooooh I’m so pissed not only am I a loyal watcher of yuumei on deviant art but a honest to god neutral person and it takes a shit brick alot of fucked shit to piss me the fuck off and this is one of these things take away the awards give them to the runner up or better yet GIVE THEM TO YUUMEI

  • @ Jaysean (Aysean): my moral compass points to Rum.

    @ Q-Ball (Que): its the interwebs… everything is fair use. Even movies by paramount. And she didn’t copy it to a T. She made her a BBW version, giving her fat wings, more gore, and changed her hair color. She also PAINTED IT whereas Yuna just digitalized it.

  • Sketches and gives credit

    Sorry submitted twice

  • @ zabron05: You’re a worthless dumb troll. Yeah, I plagiarized your name so STFU.

  • zabron05: Not because is in the internet is free to use. And Yummei PAINTED IT, or do you think digital paint programs do things from nowhere? You need to same skills and knowledge to paint on Corel or Photoshop and to paint with acrylics/oils/gouache/whatver since both are paint that flow on a canvas with your hands movement, pressure and pulse.

    Seriously, I hope you are trolling because I can’t believe there are such ignorant people alive.

  • Sketches and gives credit

    Dude you know it’s wrong the characters look alike painted or not don’t be a giant douche

  • Sketches and gives credit

    Speaking to zabron

  • I think it is 100% her own.. She painted it.. She submitted it.. She won with it.

    she = kaley.

  • Not A Troll Feeder

    zabron05 is a troll. Don’t feed the trolls, plz. <3

  • I’m not a troll, dumbass. I may be young but my opinion is just as valid as anyone elses and you have no right to dismiss me by calling me a troll. I have studied art at school and I’m sure I know more than all of you combined about art history. Your probably all losers too. I’ve got a girlfriend and a good job so you dont know what your talking about. You probably wont believe me but I’m on a laptop in my porsche right now so next time you think of calling someone a troll you better have some facts to back that up, dumbass. I could own all you with the money I have in my bank.

  • Thank god Scholastic responded! I hope this fix this matter because Kasey should not deserve any award…

  • ack! I meant *they

  • “I’ve got a girlfriend and a good job so you dont know what your talking about. You probably wont believe me but I’m on a laptop in my porsche right now so next time you think of calling someone a troll you better have some facts to back that up, dumbass. I could own all you with the money I have in my bank.”

    Ever heard of “compensation” ;) It’s okay if you’re that small and need interwebs-attention to waste away you’re lonely days ^____^

  • Zabron05: It definitely isn’t “100% her own.” She stole the image and tweaked it ever so slightly so that it wouldn’t, literally, be the same picture. She even copied the poem. No matter what you say, the Bowman chick committed plagiarism and she absolutely deserves to be punished for what she did.

  • on 03 May 2010 at 7:02 am

    This post is not mine, nor did I post it.

  • But thanks for the Porsche! I appreciate your taste in cars!

  • @zabron05

    lol stupid is, stupid does

    that describes you right now.

  • @ tykk34 “Stupid is as stupid does” That is the quote dumb ass.

  • As the old saying goes, “opinions are like assholes.” Except that zabron05 has two mouths while most of us only have one. Twice the ignorance spewing out.

  • comment, comment, comment! Let more people know!
    Join Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116363638394024&v=info

  • @ Guest If you saw me in person you wouldn’t be saying shit like that to my face. I would kick your ass all across the room. You may be a tough guy on the internet but I bet you’d shut your mouth real quick once you saw my 6’4 frame. If you keep it up I might even run an ISP trace on you and then you might be seeing me at your door soon, dumb ass. That’s if I don’t decide to just hack your computer’s router and then take down your stupid life.

  • @zabron05
    To err is human. Your comments just go to show how lame of a person you truly are, period. It just saddens me how much your stupidity makes me laugh. Such a waste.

    @Guest
    Totally agree you on you there.

  • I look forward to seeing what kind of a Porsche you drive.

  • on 03 May 2010 at 8:08 am

    Not me once again. I am however headed to bed. Enjoy my clone. He is rather well worded.

  • on 03 May 2010 at 8:08 am and
    on 03 May 2010 at 8:19 am

    Haha, complimenting yourself on wording now, clone? Both are not me. Just stop it, OK? Whoever is doing this it’s totally lame. OK, I admit I was trolling before by saying Kasey wasn’t cheating, I just wanted to be funny, but now I can’t be bothered with this anymore. The troll’s life isn’t what it used to be.

    Anyone posting as zabron05 after this is a faker because I’m outty 5000.

  • How good I have everyones IP since I manage comments…

  • Zabron05 is trying to weasel out of everything he (or she) has written. What a gutless coward – can’t even stand for his (or her) own opinion.

    Since this person can’t even attest to his (or her) own comments made online, I doubt I’ll be seeing a 6’4 figure getting out of a Porsche anytime soon.

  • @K-Zumi: i doub’t you do.
    @Guest: i am the original troll and this is my last post for the night. I am not dumb enough to resort to physically fighting someome on the internet, thats not how i roll. The claims of me being an art student do not co-inside with my deviant art postings about being a mine plan designer. I have no desire to weasel out of what i had said. I will back it 100%. However, on a site where you can clone any users name, i will only defend what i have truly said.

  • this is just a testament to being able to clone users names.

    zabron05 out.

  • Troll got trolled? Or is this all part of your elaborate scheme to not come kick my ass?

  • @Guest Oh, dood watch out. He’s totally gonna ISP trace you and come kick your ass with his 6’4″ frame. He’s probably gonna drive over in that Porsche while on his laptop and just bitch slap you with a whole wad of cash out of his bank!

    Oh I would be so scared. >.>

  • You don’t have to be scared. The truth is that I’m just lonely. I got no one. I come on the internet and when I see all have one opinion I post an opinion to the contrary so as to get a response. If all points one direction then I say it points in the other direction. I just want people to pay attention to me, to interact with me, so that if for just one moment I can feel like I’m a somebody, that I mean something. All I want is people to talk to me, even if they’re angry at me. I’m on my DeviantArt day in and day out, a disgusting amount of time, because all I have are these online interactions. In life I am ignored due to my lame personality and unattractive appearance. You don’t know what sadness is until you’ve walked a mile in my tennis shoes. I cry myself to sleep at night and cut my arms just to feel alive! I just want someone to say to me, ‘Zabron05, you’re there – I recognize you as human. You’re somebody!’ Please wont somebody reach out and touch me!

  • Another point that some people are neglecting to consider is that she essentially stole $10,000 from another student who submitted original work.

    Scholastic Alliance for Young Artist and Writers are now investigating the matter and so hopefully Kasey will have the award rescinded and the award and scholarship will be given to someone who actually deserves it!

  • Lol, I love the cloning going on here. But that is besides the point.

    The lowest of the low make money from other people’s art. If I stole someone’s art I would feel so guilty, I wouldn’t be able to sleep. How doees she live with herself? I don’t know how anyone could live with themself? It’s just a bit sad that they can’t come up with something brilliant themselves.

    What I don’t understand is why organisations try so hard to cover it up instead of doing something about it straight away :/

  • Unless I totally overlooked it, I think the image just got removed from the awards gallery. :)

  • This is her other (more populated) deviantArt account: http://modernchic.deviantart.com/gallery/

  • Looking at DeviantArt, one has to wonder how she produced the “Stolen Wings”. But then people I knew in art class who did good work rarely drew before nor publicly displayed their skills often.

  • you’re all stupid

  • you’re all stupid

  • Should be noted, DeviantArt does have a copyright policy.
    Which means that something submitted to Deviant Art is protected under copyright law.
    If someone copied artwork from a account on DeviantArt, they are subject to Copyright laws.

    You could argue that there is a good deal of submitted work on DA that is copied, and that’s true.
    There is a massive amount of work submitted, and the moderators of the site work through it best they can. In my experience, most copied or stolen artwork it removed and the submitter either received a warning or banning, depending.

    Copyright laws are put in force to protect intellectual property, which includes artwork.

    Scholastic’s award is intended for original artwork, and this person clearly copied the work of another person, which should invalidate her.
    If Scholastic doesn’t remove the award, I think a lawsuit would be the proper following course of action.

  • Gods, the thought that there really are so many people out there who think “it’s on the internet, it’s free for the taking!” is quite chilling, it’s sad but this should make any artist and photographer rethink where and how they submit their work.

  • @Aysean

    What everyone has been doing to Kasey is tantamount to cyber-bullying. There are laws against it for a reason. Yes, she knowingly did something illegal, but now it should be left to the higher-ups to deal with. If they let it slide, then they deserve backlash, but no one has the right to bully another human being.

  • @Mike

    I’m curious… how does that copyright protection work when the art in question is a direct copy of another person’s work (i.e. a drawing of a photograph) that isn’t copyright protected (i.e. stock photography or fair use paparazzi photos)

  • The issue has been dealt with:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scholastic-Art-Writing-Awards/107127577992?v=info&ref=mf#!/notes/scholastic-art-writing-awards/message-from-the-alliance-for-young-artists-writers/114086405296867

    It has been brought to our attention, and we have confirmed, that a high school student from Oregon submitted to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards a painting that she now acknowledges was copied from another artist, Wenqing Yan. The student has apologized to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and her National Gold Medal and American Visions Award have been revoked. She is no longer considered a Scholastic Award winner. The work will not appear in our publications and the painting was removed from our online galleries. Contrary to information posted online by commenters on various sites, this student received no monetary prize from our program.

    Plagiarism is antithetical to the core values of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and as an organization, we take a tough stand on plagiarism. We work closely with parents and teachers to help students understand the ethical and legal implications of plagiarism. Because of the number of submissions we receive, it is impossible for us to absolutely verify the originality of each entry, but we consider this to have been an isolated episode. Students who submit to the awards are required to sign a consent form that confirms the originality of their work. In addition, our guidelines clearly state that “[by] applying to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, each student undertakes to (a) present original work that (i) has been created by her or himself and (ii) does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights or any other individual or entity…” We share our fans’ concern over this matter and take such issues very seriously. The student is well aware of the seriousness of this issue and has expressed her deep regret.

    We encourage concerned observers to remember that the student involved has acknowledged that she has made a mistake, and to think about the effects that statements posted online may have. We also encourage parents to talk to their children about cyber-bullying and to read available resources on safe social networking on the Federal Trade Commission’s website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec13.shtm.

    We will shortly be announcing another student who will be honored with the American Visions Award for 2010.

  • Very good but I also think that Yuumei deserves an explanation by Scholastic why it took a massive internet uproar to deal with this situation when she herself had notified them of the case almost four weeks ago. Maybe someone with a Facebook account wants to mention that to them?

  • You have a good point there Yanné. I guess it got harder to cover up so they jsut gave up…

  • @Jeepers

    On copyright: in one view, I see no real problems if someone was just displaying their artistic abilities for fun. How many people draw Naruto and other anime characters on DeviantArt? Shouldn’t they all be removed due to copyright?

    From their policies:
    -Placing a photograph or creative work online without proper permission.
    -Using a creative work commercially.
    -Adapting a creative work of one medium to another, such as making a book into a movie or a photograph into a painting.
    -Modifying or editing a creative work without proper permission.

    Now, on the homepage, I’m pretty sure the ninjas and weird anime-looking characters were derived from the original stuff like Naruto and Final Fantasy. There’s even a Spider-man rendition that says “Peter Parker as Spider-man”. Are these removed? Obviously not.

    Copyright has two sides. On one hand, it protects artists because it sucks to have one’s ideas stolen and not at least be acknowledged. But on the other hand, what constituents as copyrighted material? Is it the image itself or the idea? Can no one else ever draw something remotely similar to the original Yunmei picture?

    A thin line exists between the two perspectives. Personally, I think asinine copyright laws will rid the world of many potential artists that may be inspired by an idea but can’t use it because it’s someone else’s “intellectual property”.

  • @Guest

    While working for a local nightclub, I was made to sign a form that said any “creative thought” I had while employed by them automatically became their “intellectual property.”

    This was 13 years ago. I wonder what would happen if I wrote a book now – would they try to say that I may have had the idea 13 years ago and therefore it belings to them.

    How far will these laws go?

  • Sometimes I feel that artists are trying to squeeze everyone else out of their abilities to just draw and feel good about themselves. Too much ego-bolstering and not enough creating.

    Yuumei’s DeviantArt has renditions of other people’s ideas. Nothing happens to those? Either enforce copyright with zero tolerance, set new clearer standards, or don’t bother at all. Bias and double-standards trample on the rights of all.

  • @Jeepers:

    There’s a certain amount of leeway when it comes things like stock photography.
    There the artisit states it’s up there to be used.
    But, keep in mind to, that there’s a difference between using a piece of stock imaging, and just submitting the stock image.
    After all, buying a exam answer online and then submitting it will still get you introuble, even though you were allowed by the original submitter to present it.

    As far as intellectual rights, you should consult a lawyer, not a clue.
    If you get a fair amount of money from writing the said book, I’d imagine your old boss would try to collect.

  • This is worse than the Holocaust.

  • good idea yanne. maybe you should suck a fat one and then get back to watching anime.

  • In case anyone is keeping tabs to see where this untimately ends, The Democrat-Herald will be doing a follow-up article. This is a quote from their Twitter:

    “We’re doing a follow-up story on Kasey Bowman. It will probably be in Tuesday’s Democrat-Herald and on democratherald.com”

  • And just when college admissions are finalizing. I wonder what will happen to her.

  • Hey Just wanted to say. There is no problem drawing other peoples for fun as long as you don’t make money from it or claim it as 100% of your own. Also parody is completely allowed so as long as it is taking the piss your allowed to use iconic characters and such. How did you think all the mario t-shirts etc… Managed to not get sued to heck? I don’t mind the million of Naruto traces on deviant art. The minute someone tries to make money on one?? Fuck them. Also some people are going to say how about these people making money of a copyrighted thing and not getting in trouble with the law? Well if i own a copyright to something and someone does a drawing of my stuff and i decide to do nothing it’s fine. Simple

  • The thing that angers me ( To Scholastic ) is that it has been more than A MONTH before you bothered replying at ALL to Yuumei, ( you even made it so difficult for her to contact you regarding the plagiarism ) and that it took a certain amount of rallying, emails, facebook pages, unnecessary cyber trolling, publicity, and RAEG of epic proportions before you “acknowledged” this issue you “claim” treat with all seriousness.

    This just proves your incompetence- and you’ve just lost MAJOR MAJOR respect points for your poor, half assed handling of this matter. Shame on you, Scholastic.

    I’m glad that Kasey Bowman’s prizes have been revoked though. At least something was done- even if it was handled in this unfortunate manner.

  • Zabron05 @ Zabron05: I’m such a dumb ass troll.

  • This is exactly why I don’t want to put any of my work up on DeviantArt and encourage others to take their work off of there; waaay too many people steal designs and tattoos and whatnot, some thinking it’s a free source of work and others like this smacktard 17 year old hope they don’t get caught.

    She’s lucky she didn’t pull this stunt a year later at university; they will actually kick you out for academic dishonesty.

  • Updated article from Kasey’s local newspaper, giving statements from her about her plagiarism and apologies (though not directly to Yuumei herself) :

    http://www.democratherald.com/news/local/article_f79eacec-571a-11df-b46f-001cc4c03286.html?mode=story

  • Kasey Bowman doesn’t deserve the award, she didn’t create her own work…and she should be disqualified enough to give the winning award back to the contest officials. Also she should be lucky not to sell her alledged “work” for money, that’s plagiarism and it’s a federal crime. People like Kasey should be very sorry by now.+

  • Zabrons a troll

    Trolllllllllllllllllll dude ure not tough your an Internet badass someone who talks big shit but has most likely no life and is either as fat as an asteroid or smaller than a poodle

  • an art teacher

    I won a gold key at the state level in high school, went to art school and now teach art at the high school level. Besides the plagiarism…is anyone else shocked and dismayed that a CRAPPY ANIME SKETCH won? Not only at a county or state level, but at a NATIONAL level?! That truly is the most insulting thing to me.

  • Kasey has issued a statement on DeviantArt:

    “I will not make any excuses, and I will not get defensive; I only want to apologize. I am so, so incredibly sorry about everything that has happened. First of all, I want to sincerely apologize to Yuumei. You are an incredibly talented artist and I regret putting you through such grief. You did not deserve that. Second, I apologize to Scholastic. I have damaged their credibility and I cannot begin to express how tremendously remorseful I am of that. I am sorry for not being honest about the origin of the painting or about the fact that it was not my concept or art. Also, I must apologize to my high school. I have disgraced the name of that school and the teachers that work there. I pray that any future artists that attend will not be unfairly scrutinized because of my mistake. The last thing I would ever want is for the future talent of the art world to suffer for something they were not even around to witness. I apologize to my family, and last, but certainly not least, I want to genuinely apologize to the online art community. I cannot fathom the hate and shame you all must feel for me, although rest assured, your enraged e-mails, myspace and facebook comments have not fallen on deaf ears. I have read through most of them, and I completely understand (although the death threats were a little harsh).

    I am honestly ashamed of what I have done, especially considering only a year ago I felt the same anger towards art thieves. Now I have no one to blame but myself. I have single handedly brought this entire explosion of hatred and grief down on my own shoulders. I’ve most definitely taken a lesson from this miserable experience and I feel that, while I doubt I will ever be taken seriously again, I may be able to grow from this. I promise that under penalty of law, I will never plagiarize again. So all of you who now fear for the safety of your art and your ideas, I ask to please rest easy. Your work is safe, at least from me.

    What I did was wrong, I will not deny that. I committed a crime and I am most certainly paying for it. I have admitted to everything, and I’ve completely willingly given up any and all awards I have received for that painting. In fact, I was notified by Scholastic that the gold medal and American Vision award have been given to other artists who truly deserve them. Also, about the $10,000 I supposedly received, that information is false. Not only did I not receive a single penny, but while I was invited to the awards ceremony in New York, it was only if I could afford all of the expenses.

    I’m not asking for sympathy; there is no justification for what I did. I was wrong and I am sorry.

    Sincerely,
    Kasey Bowman”

  • Where’s the big “Why” behind all of this? That’s all I really care about. Don’t think one can learn some an experience they did not understand from the beginning.

  • The big “why”? She made a copy of someone else’s work, got praised for it, liked the praise, then kept going… That’s probably the whole of it, Guest. What else are you expecting? Some sort of plot involving space aliens?

  • An Art Teacher: LOL, you sound awfully ignorant of art to be calling yourself a trained teacher of it. First off, the sketch that won is hardly “anime” and second, animation is very much art. Art is an extremely broad subject with many applications in entertainment, business and fine arts. Hopefully you aren’t forcing your lack of appreciation onto your students. You should be supporting their interests in any art, including animation.

    Guest: The article linked by Kikai states a bit of the “why”:

    “Bowman said Monday that she never intended the situation to unfold as it did. She said she saw the painting and its accompanying poem online several years ago — she no longer remembers where — and was so moved by it that she sketched the artwork and copied the poem.

    Several years later, she said a friend saw her sketch, remarked how much she liked it, and asked for a painting of the work. Bowman painted a copy from her sketch in the class, changing a few details in the process.

    Bowman said that both her art teacher and her family really liked the results, and when the opportunity came to enter something in the Scholastic contest, they suggested the painting. Bowman stressed that it was her decision, not her family’s or her art teacher’s, to enter the work. She said she knew the idea for the painting was not her own but no longer was certain where she’d seen the original nor how to give the artist credit.

    ‘I feel so bad; I would never have done it. I am completely remorseful,’ Bowman said Monday. ‘I would never intentionally hurt another artist.’”

    I don’t know if I believe her, but it’s really splitting hairs at this point. The organization finally acted appropriately, she apologized and was shamed, on to the next thief.

  • She saw it years ago online. And copied not just the image but the poem also. And she decided to submit it thinking no one would notice. She admitted that she knew it was someone else’s work and yet she only made a few changes in details, hoping that’d be fine to pass off as her own.

    If I saw a painting online and didn’t know who it was by, do I have the right to copy it and turn it in as my own creation? This isn’t about copyright anymore; it’s about a lack of integrity.

    It was consciously and methodically done. An apology doesn’t matter to me; it’s whether she has any integrity left in herself that is more important. “Once a thief, always a thief” in the eyes of the public. Does the same tone ruminate through her mind?

    One of the hardest things to acquire in life is integrity and hopefully she learns a very hard lesson by this. Apologies do not earn integrity; they do create some dignity though.

  • @AnArtTeacher

    God, you sound like MY art teacher from my high school. The same art teacher who threw my sketchbook in the trash for drawing anime.

    Art teachers are supposed to have an open mind and teach the phrase art is in the eye of the beholder, not “art is what I think art is, and anime isn’t art to me so it’s crap.”

    Please learn to be a real art teacher. I won a gold medal in this competition last year for the writing category, and I plan on becoming an English teacher. That doesn’t mean that I just won’t teach my students Ernest Hemmingway just because I think he’s a total douchebag. You need your teaching license revoked.

  • @Kikai: Yeah, lol, art teachers… Mine was so “I’m an artist, bow down in my presence!1111!!” That a.) He left us alone most of the time to have a smoke, b.) “corrected” student’s drawings with a red ballpoint pen and c.) well… I’ve never seen one of his “artworks” but the one straight A I ever received in his class was for the worst mess I’ve ever dared to submit….

  • I really don’t think ‘Art Teacher’ was criticising anime in itself but rather that poor, ugly, sketchy, and cliched ‘anime’ that so many young girls draw, so alike that you can confuse them for being all by one person. You see this particularly on DA. I think it began when ‘Sailor Moon’ was played on network-TV in the US…

    I don’t know the details of the competition but I’m also shocked if this picture was some sort of national winner, held out above all. You throw a rock on DA and you’ll skitter across the heads of a hundred other girls drawing this sort of boring and highly immature work.

  • Well, whoopy-fucking-do. Everyone’s a copycat. Whoever says they’re not is a big fat liar. She didn’t plagiarize. She just copied.

    “There’s no such thing as originality because we’re all influenced or inspired to do something.” – La Rue Layla

  • It just annoys my that it took so long + an angry mob to get the message across. When Yuumei tried to deal with it quietly, they brushed her off, hoping no one would actually notice.

    What also disturbs me that this won a gold medal. It’s not the concept or composition I dislike, because I love Yuumei’s style a lot, and this has been my favorite piece for a long time. It’s the poor anatomy in the painting.

    The thighs are completely disproportionate to the body, then taper down like a cone at the knees; large thighs to skinny knees on a skinny body? They connect into a point to the middle of the legs in the painting too. Legs don’t work that way, especially when they’re that far apart. There should still be a gap, but there isn’t. The calves are also very long and skinny compared to her thighs. And her shoulders look very… weird. I have no other word to describe the shoulders. They’re there, but not there at the same time. And there’s too much blood for such a small bird. And the blood color looks like it should be dried blood, but it is wet blood. It should be redder in color (Unless there is something wrong with my screen that makes it look different). All in all, someone else should have won for her region, because the painting isn’t great. I saw really good ones that got only silver medals, and were much more deserving of a gold medal.

    The original was also done when Yuumei was 15 and still doing anime style, but the meaning wasn’t supposed to be a cliched anime angel. The anatomy looks better on it too.

  • Kikai: Your art teacher was a jerk! The problem with grade school art teachers is that they too often fall into the “can’t do, then teach” cliche. That’s certainly not every teacher, but it’s a disturbing trend. :/

    Goober: Many young artists draw what they like to consume in hobbies. Anime, games, comics…that is how interest in art is established. It’s how artists grow from that (and sometimes return to it later) which makes a difference. We should want kids to draw Naruto if they like. If we force them to copy Monet all the time, they may well quit art altogether from boredom. You should definitely try a lot of different types of art and reference to be successful, but you should also be allowed to pursue less “academic” arts too. Snobbery in art is silly. “R. Mutt” taught us that.

    Also, keep in mind what you said about a lot of young artists doing immature work. Of COURSE they are–they’re kids! If this won and you disliked it, can you imagine all the cliche and tired stuff that was submitted otherwise? This is typical. You see it in college too. That’s why we keep at it and get better.

  • That One Person

    I hope you all realize she has submitted this work in a 2009 contest and won. Then now a year later she enters it in again under a new name. This is no accident or mistake. She some how thought she could get away with it because she did last year. And her work if not all were traced/copied from other people. Even her “If wolves could fly” piece. She went around and took wolves from other artists and put them together to make her own. That’s not talent if all you do is still and change small details to make it your own.

    She needs to be locked up for stealing for years now.

  • That One Person: If you have proof she’s stolen the other piece, then you need to send it along to Scholastic so they can revoke that award as well (if they haven’t already).

    People don’t get “locked up” for plagiarism. They get sent “cease and desist” letters, with suits if there is money (or loss thereof) involved. Let’s be realistic here.

  • an art teacher

    sorry anime fans :( i guess i am feeling more along the lines of goober. anime CAN be a beautiful art form as well as all forms of animation. i simply feel that this piece doesn’t even come close to the other amazing talents that were entered.

  • @ an art teacher: If I understood correctly, part of choosing which work to award is “vision”. Which would explain why a not-so-perfectly executed but original idea would be chosen over e.g. a technically perfect still-life of yet another flower arrangement :)

  • If i was in that situation..

    I would mind if some teen made out a copy of my work for fun or to pass the time..

    But using MY WORK to win an art contest, $10,000.00 prize, 2 gold awards at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Competition, several interviews, national fame, a trip to new york, have the works at some museum and then CLAIM IT TO BE HER OWN ORIGINAL IDEA..

    being recognized as a NATIONAL ARTISTS for a work she didnt do..

    Ill be breaking her face. lol

  • coyotebrutal.deviantart.com

    her deviantart

  • CAN ANYONE SAY NIRVANA IN UTERO

  • @Ad Guy – Yeah they are toootally similar

    *rolleyes*

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