Another deviantART case

Update November 30 This isn’t the first time plagiarism is foundin Vivibear’s works, there is a large list in Wikipedia citing all the rip offs found that covers both writing and graphic arts. It’s a shame this person hadn’t been punished for her acts other than being “prized” for it and nicknamed “The Goddess of Plagiarism”.


Pictures speak by themselves.

Wallpaper done via photomanipulation by deviantART user CocaColagirlie on 2008:

Some weeks ago other users found out that part of the image was being used for a novel cover in China:

Sorry for the short post but there isn’t more info about the case available, the author wants the message to be spread tho.

- Thank you.

Posted by Kuha  |  9 Comments  |  in Design


  1. سعودي كام 01/29/2011 9:05 am

    Thank you for your article is wonderful

  2. Bad Bunny 01/28/2011 3:56 am

    Good luck holding anyone in China responsible.

  3. Tom 12/11/2010 3:42 am

    I would approach any litigation with the utmost care. A friend of mine once had a copyright issue with a Peking designer and later found out that they had peed in his Coke.

  4. what? 12/05/2010 8:39 pm

    I’m confused. who ripped off who? did the book cover rip off the deviant art entry or the other way around?

  5. kairyu 11/29/2010 9:21 am

    To Anon1: Actually, Vivibear is female.
    And I want to thank you for adding this to the wiki data.

  6. Anon1 11/28/2010 9:26 am

    Sorry, I don’t know much about this, just noticed the stuff in wikipedia and thought I’d add it. I’m sure you’re right that it would more be the designer responsible for creating the cover. Given the Authors reputation as a palgiarist (which hasn’t apperently stopped him being successful) he maybe attracts a less honourable crew all around him, designers, publishers, distributers. From the wiki info it sounds like more and more people are dropping links to this author and it suggests this book in particular was (and maybe even still is, I don’t know) delayed from release due to the Authors plagiarism.

  7. Kuha 11/27/2010 9:09 pm

    Anon1 so you mean this happened before and this author still gets published so easily? (easily assuming they didn’t check the resource of the cover).


    But the author? Wouldn’t be more an issue related to the designer?

  8. Anonymous 11/27/2010 11:44 am

    A wikipedia search for vivibear shows a commitment to plagiarism by this author that is perhaps unrivalled.

  9. Cary Grant 11/27/2010 7:30 am

    A stunning lapse in China’s otherwise sparkling acknowledgment of intellectual property rights!

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