The Department of Illustration


Posted in Decorative, Digital Culture, Professional by The Department of Illustration on August 10, 2009

this from book by its cover… a cautionary tale.

lauren_01“I wanted to take a break today from usual book posting to share something that happened to my friend, artist Lauren Nassef (the first artist I will be publishing as part of the BBIC press series). Yesterday she was alerted by someone who follows her blog that a graduate student from Falmouth University in the UK named Samantha Beeston had stolen her drawings and used them in her own work.

Once we starting doing more research, we found out Samantha won a huge award from Texprint for pattern designs filled with Lauren’s drawings which she claimed as her own. Even her website (which she has taken down since Lauren contacted her) had Lauren’s drawings on the home page and integrated thoughout her portfolio. She was even selling prints of one of Lauren’s drawings she had traced.

With the award she won from Texprint (sponsored by Pantone Europe), she received prize money and a chance to exhibit at two trade shows in Hong Kong and Paris where she can take orders for the (stolen) designs.

She even made a fake sketchbook with many of Lauren’s drawings traced or pasted in.”


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  1. pat lewis said, on August 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Even when you have a good copyright lawyer you may never see a settlement, as in my case with “Round Table Productions” who took my artwork which was under contract and never paid for it. I won a moral victory, but never saw my 6,000$ that they owed my for the work.

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