I was notified by someone who likes my work that the Hillhead Bookclub were using my artwork without permission in Glasgow.
Hillhead Bookclub is a fancy new bar in Glasgow owned by Scotland’s number 1 leisure company G1 Group.
I was sent the image below as well as a link to their website which at the time also featured this image and another of mine as links for their Twitter and Facebook pages.
You can see the original image here.
Unfortunately I wasn’t bright enough to get screen shots and further images so I could take them to court as I was told I would have a ‘walkaway case’ by copyright solicitors, despite the fact that most of my images are made by collaging bits of other existing prints.
After contacting them I was offered an apology, along with an expression of interest in potentially exhibiting some of my prints inside, and the web images were removed. I thought that was it but then found out that they’d kept the billboard posters up for another month and had already handed out a load of flyers and bookmarks with my work on them.
I did some digging for evidence via some friendly Glaswegians on my mailing list but they’ve now removed my artwork and have replaced it with these.
They’ve also filled their website with like images.
So not straight rip-offs but you can see how I might be a tad cheesed off seeing how they’ve obviously set out to copy what I do.
I’m the first to say that I’m not the first to be making this sort of work – Max Ernst was collaging like this years ago, albeit in a different style – but having been firstly stolen from and then seeing bad versions of my work being used has cheesed me right off. If they’d have asked to use my work I may have been interested.
If I’d been a bit more together I could have rinsed them out in court, but never mind…
You can see my work at www.danhillier.com