my artwork is being reproduced signed and sold online by several large galleries and publishers without my consent or knowledge , i have never been contacted nor do i have any knowledge of there companies . they are in the UK ,but they are DISTROYING my living by selling cheap copies all over the internet
State/Country relating to question: Louisiana
Did you register your copyrights with the Copyright Office? How did they manage to get a version of your artwork to copy. Can you prove that this is your work?
No , my artwork is sold to respectable galleries for the last 15 years or so. each one is signed and numbered by me also given a certificate of authenticity so i guess they could purchase a giclee as a customer then reproduce it . i can be found on internet just google artist XXXXXX XXXX and most of my galleries will. show on first 15 to20 pages all the ones that are in uk are the ones in question none of which deal with.Ive found about 14 so far .
Even without formally registering your copyright, it still exists. You therefore have a cause of action to sue the company that is producing your work without your consent. Since they are based in the UK I would suggest hiring a UK attorney to help proceed or a US attorney that is familiar with the laws in the UK
The UK is a member of WIPO and other international intellectual property treaties which require that they respect the copyrights of others in other member countries.
You have the potential to recover damages including all profit that they have made off of your work - not to mention an injunction on their selling.
Your work is very nice by the way.
did you get a chance to look on line? if you do it will be more than just copyright they are signing my name and selling the copies in different sizes in limited editions at prices much less than my dealers cost . thats how i was notified <
I recommend that you engage an attorney immediately to help you (a) shut down these sites and (b) sue them for infringement/forgery.
Under the DMCA you can also get the ISP server that is hosting their site to shut down the site.
am not to up to date on CHAT I,ll do the best I can
Have an attorney draft a notice and takedown as well as a cease and desist letter.
what law does this basically fall under and what are my chances of recouping damages with GOOD attorney
the above is just a point reference give me a guesstimate and have no other and will more than ready to accept . THANK YOU for the quick response and straight forward answers . will promote you as well as use you again
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Hi. Sorry about the delay. I had to step out. The area of the law is intellectual property, specifically copyright. You may have additional actions but this is the primary one. If your facts are accurate, you have a good chance of winning. Recovery will be based on issues of jurisdiction and accessing funds in the UK. You should definitely hire an attorney who is familiar with international intellectual property infringement.
IP Attorney. JD and Masters of Law in Entertainment Law.
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