Artists have told the BBC how their artwork is being stolen from social media and sold for profit online.
They claim malicious individuals are finding their art, often with the aid of an automated system known as a bot, and uploading it on to a website where it can be sold on a T-shirt without the artist’s permission.
The individuals then comment underneath the artist’s work on social media with a link to the T-shirt website, tricking the artist’s fans into thinking it is an official product.
Some artists have claimed this entire process can occur without any human intervention.
They say the bot finds the image, uploads it to a third-party T-shirt-selling website, and posts the link automatically.
Source: BBC Business News
Date: December 18th, 2019
- As an artist, how could you stop this fraud from happening to you?
- Should Twitter be doing more to stop this fraud, and if so, how would they do it?