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My dearest deviantwatchers, artists, friends, viewers and bronies alike,

Recently I have been informed, thanks to the valiant efforts of :iconatomicgreymon: and :iconironsocks: that a particular piece of artwork of mine, namely,
Equestria's Mightiest Heroes by fongsaunder
is being sold by various unlicensed Hong-Kong agents on websites such as eBay and the like. This is completely unauthorized and I have never been contacted by anyone (barring the TPM) for permission nor licensing of prints. This disturbing trend has prompted myself to write this journal entry (I'm sure everyone was tired of the last entry, that was about two years ago, right?)

While I have informed eBay of this, no action has really been taken, nor do said agents really give a flying feather on copyrights or anything.

The only party that I've given permission for prints is the Travelling Pony Museum project, who has agreed to share the profits with charity as well as myself, for the prints they are selling at brony events such as Trotcon. Other than that, I have not authorized anything with anyone else (I'll update this journal if this changes)

I mean, I'm cool if you really like a picture and go to your local print store for your own personal print, but making a business out of it is pushing it, and it saddens me, as an artist, that people are making money out of your hard work and passion. As a fan artist, I cannot legally sell prints on deviantart of someone else's copyright (some artists do this, but it's rather unethical to me), and the copyright holders themselves cannot print said images without the explicit permission of myself and the other copyright holder (the image in question is a crossover picture, which can be a whole new headache altogether). What I'm getting at is that taking someone's art off the internet and mass printing it for sale is very unethical and wrong.

What I am asking is that you boycott, or rather, not buy from these merchants, in order to discourage further unauthorized printing and to prove that we do not condone this action.

When I started doing art for this fandom, I never really expected the overwhelming response that I've had. I do what I do is because I love what I'm doing, and that I love to share these pictures with the rest of the world. That's why there's a full resolution watermark-free download on most, if not all pictures in the gallery. As a fan artist, I believe the strive should be the art, the passion and the betterment of oneself as an artist and the fandom as a whole, not for the potential monetary gain. I don't have the time to chase down everyone trying to sell my stuff or use them without permission whatsoever either, since I'm juggling between university education and the art you see in this gallery.

If there are any artists facing the same predicament, or can offer any help in dealing with the scenario, do share with both myself and everyone else interested. Also, please spread the word so that no one else is taken advantage of.

Thank you all for your time, and thank you for all the support you all have given me throughout my time on deviantart.

And special thanks to those looking out for me on other parts of the internet, digging this up and informing me.

Your faithful artist,
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EmSeeSquared Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want come forward and say that a friend of mine went on vacation this week, and returned with a canvas print of this that he had purchased at a shop on his trip, as a gift to me. I loved it immediately, and seeing your signature, assumed that these were mass-made prints made by the artist, and looked you up to show appreciation. Reading this, I'm afraid my friend may have purchased one of these unauthorized bootlegs. Please forgive us, I couldn't have known, he couldn't have known, and I feel just terrible about it, and wish I could make it up to you. :(
Zandermon02 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I`m gonna say sorry then cause when i saw it at eBay i was like "AWESOME!" and bought it. Didn't occur to me that you wouldn't have approved so again, sorry man.
thefan2 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe someone is sell that with out your permission at least I had asked permission before I made that my background.
RandomwarriorX Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Call Liberty Prime.
PonyMystic Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wat!? no!
Ipsen42 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I was just browsing Ebay and came across this very art and thought: "Well that looks fishy." So I came here. Seems I was right. Turns out loads of art is being illegally sold by this seller: [link]
Just a heads up if you want to follow up on this. I'm tracking down all artists I know of this guy's scamming and letting them know.
PAK-FAace1234 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn Chinese! First they copy TF2, then they steal Russia's best fighter jet, and now they try to steal art from one of my favorite Da artists?!?! COMMIES ARE GOING DOWN HARD.
muffyderp Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Do everything within legal capacity to put a stop to this mess of a situation. If that fails and/or results are unsatisfactory, then we'll have to employ more creative measures to counteract.
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Disturbing and sad indeed :/ I hope this gets solved somehow :icongo-on-plz:
stpinkie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ebay doesn't usually mingle with intellectual property. It's technically not their job. You can, however, get a cease and desist letter done up if you want to be really particular about it. It isn't as expensive aas some lawyers put it out to be.

I feel bad for you. I never liked plagiarism :(
bryfury Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
damn, why do ppl have to do such things... its sad really...
alternatepony Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I no way could fathom how crappy it must feel to find this out.
biasedeyes Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Yeah, I'm guessing that any company which doesn't care about the copyrights of Marvel & Hasbro is not going to care about the derivative work copyright of an artist. I'm glad to say that all of my acquisition of pony paraphernalia falls into the dark cracks in copyright law which cause lawyers to raven and lick their lips, as opposed to those areas which are clearly illegal.
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GAAAAAH!!! Words can not describe how anger rises in me when I see thing like this!
MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Some people have no integrity.
Hybx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Horrible tragedy. D: Atleast the bright side is your art was good enough to steal!
fongsaunder Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
You win some, you lose some.
Re-Dash Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's China/Hong Kong for you. -_-
Agentghostclown Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The only thing I've done without permission with that deviation was use it as an ipod wallpaper, the reason I didn't ask was, I figured you were more than likely being swamped with messages and comments lol :)
fongsaunder Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
See, things like that are just fine, no one's making a profit out of it or claiming it as their own and everyone's happy (I upload giant resolution images for wallpaper-ing purposes for people to do that too).
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