Over the last few weeks and months i experienced a lot of ripping of my paintings and work. May it be for cheap banners, webdesigns, layouts or even paid contests – there was even a company that SOLD my wallpapers on their site. All that without permission of course. Luckily that site is closed down now. I’m wondering what makes it so hard to contact the artist and maybe politely ask about a permission for this or that? If you are friendly you might get what you need. It’s just not correct and fair behaviour to just take what you see and even claiming that the work is yours. Do these people know they are doing something bad? Are they aware that there are copyrights on pictures? Do they know, and understand, that a lot of work went into the photo, painting or design that they are stealing? I don’t know. I also highly doubt that the situation on ripping art will ever change.
Nonetheless… feel free to contact me if you need something. Play fair and you might get what you are looking for.