My name is Rockie Nolan. I am a nineteen year old photographer living in the United States.
I was recently informed by one of my followers on deviantART who noticed the large clothing company RESERVED (based in Poland) selling a t-shirt with my image printed on it.
found at a location in Poland
The image is a self-portrait I took this time about a year ago (yes, I am a girl… I just have a boy’s name)
Original self-portrait by Rockie Nolan
I’m not sure what I find more offensive, the fact that they blatantly took my image without my permission or the hideous bedazzling they have added to an already idiotic phrase.
Curiously enough, they do not have the shirt in question listed on the site despite the fact that multiple people have found the shirt in their local stores. Someone else pointed out that another shirt from Reserved features stolen illustrations as well. I had to email the company that owns the company because the Reserved website is too flashy and their contact box does not yet work, but I have not yet heard back from them.
Yesterday (july 14th) I received an email from the company’s attorney.
“We appreciate the value of our own IP rights, and respect IP rights of the other creators. Unfortunately one of our contractor must have taken the shortcut and used your work as its own. Please accept our apologies for it, and be assured that it happened without LPP’s knowledge and acceptance. In return for the inconvience occured to you, we would like to offer you cooperation, and license some of your work found at devianart. Enclosed please find photos that we are interested in using as printed designs. We may pay you $150 per each, which is regular price we pay for licensing such photos. ”
So basically, instead of taking care of the theft they’d rather rectify the situation by using more of my pictures in the future? While that is flattering, that in no way covers the fact that they stole my image.
For those who commented on me being “a teenager looking for a big payout” that is not the case. I am an artist and I am only seeking a rightful compensation for the illegal production of my work. I am not asking for anything outrageous, only compensation and to teach these companies that they must take caution with copyright.
I will update this when I hear from them again.
Thanks for your support! It is because of this site that they even contacted me in the first place!