Forever Slave vs. Zhang Jingna

Zhang Jingna, also known as  Zemotion on many art sites, is a professional photographer. One of her most popular pictures is a piece she calls “Redemption”:

 

Redemption

 

 

A while ago, it was brought to her attention that a female metal band by the name of “Forever Slave” had taken this artwork, thrown a filter over it, and had drawn the body on for their cover of their album “Tales for Bad Girls”:

 

Forever Slave's "Tales for Bad Girls" album cover.

 

Zhang knows of the theft, and you can read her response to it here: http://zemotion.deviantart.com/art/Redemption-52628727 .  And here is a journal of hers linking to other works that were stolen: http://zemotion.deviantart.com/journal/19677587/

 

She sent a cease and desist, but was never gotten back to. She says she does not have the funds or the time to pursue it. Blatant thieves like this disappoint me.

Unauthorized rip of my comic strip on eBay

I created the comic strip “Bands I Useta Like” in 1998, and it has been published monthly in Atlanta’s Stomp & Stammer magazine since late 2002 (http://www.stompandstammer.com). Each strip spotlights a different group, and features copyright information with my name and web address at the bottom. Here’s the one I did on Nine Inch Nails in 2005:

Bands I Useta Like, "Nine Inch Nails", 2005 M. Anderson

My original

I was recently alerted to an eBay seller that is a clear infringement on my work and my copyright. I have reported this to eBay and have received no reply. The seller (based in hard-to-touch Hong Kong) even defaced my strip by removing the heading, and of course the copyright info and site address at the bottom.

The rip

The rip (click for link)

The icing on the theft cake is the addition of the NIN logo, which I’m certain is another violation. The seller’s name is “ahmadjunaidi”. Suffice to say I have as much disposable income as any artist these days (none) and any money made off my work needs to go directly to me. Shutting this guy down would be a good start. Thanks for your time and space. -MBA

My Photo, My Daughter…

So this painter was a student of my mothers good friend. the picture made it from my mother to her friend to the artist, then onto the canvas. I was never contacted or asked if it was OK.

and he is selling it for $2700

I am the photographer… I am a photographer… it is how I pay my bills… I just find the painters behaviour in this matter offensive. do you reckon I should be upset?

oh this is the artist statement…

My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior.

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