50 Artists Who Caught Companies And Fake Artists Shamelessly Copying Their Work And Selling It

It’s become nearly impossible not to stumble upon cheap knockoffs while shopping for almost anything. And it’s not only the small unknown companies that do it. Giants like Forever21, New Look, and even Disney have been caught doing the same as well.

The guys over at Bored Panda have compiled a list of people who ended up on the receiving end of these copycats, who decided to make some money out of somebody else’s hard work.

Do you have a story of your own to add to the list? Let’s talk in the comments.

#1 Art By Katie Woodger Stolen By Disney

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#2 Woman Steals Artwork From Artist Ryan Conners, Paints Flowers On Top Of It And Sells Products With It As Her Own

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#3 Zara Steals Tuesday Bassen’s Artwork

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#4 First Official Art Thief

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#5 Lili Chin’s Illustrations “Doggie Language” On Kohl’s T-Shirts

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#6 This “Artist”

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#7 Company Stealing Artwork From Artist

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#8 Forever21 Gone Wild

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#9 Ford Steals Firewatch Artwork For A Promotional Ad

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#10 Fashion Label Brandy Melville Knocked Off The Artist Brain Foetus By Placing Her Embroidered Piece On Their Top

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#11 Etsy Shop Owner Using Belandkal Artwork Without Permission On Their Laser Etched Products. The Art Itself Is Pretty Ironic In This Case

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#12 Original Work By J.Scott Campbell (Left) And Benjamin Spark’s Work (Right)

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#13 Art Thief Whose Been Stealing And Selling Prints On Deviantart Finally Gets Spotted Out On Facebook And Called Out

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#14 Art Thief Posting Work All Over The Internet As His Own Is Caught Red-Handed By The Artist And Called Out

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#15 Artist Finds Out That Her Artwork Is Used By Another Artist And Even Sold As Pillows

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#16 The Underwear Club Using Artist’s Created Pattern For Bras Without Her Permission

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#17 Creative Agency Is Not So Creative Apparently

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#18 Urban Outfitters Steals Artist’s Spires Work And Puts In On A Skirt

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#19 Thomas Pullin’s Original Work (Left) And Neda Rabiei’s Nockoff (Right)

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#20 Snapchat Accused Of Stealing Make-Up Artist’s Work For Selfie Filters. They Later Admitted To This Being An Issue After 3 Other Artists Were Copied

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#21 Originals Vs Rip-Offs

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#22 Taylor Swift Posted A Fan Art Which Later Turned Out To Be Art Thievery From Artist Ally Burguieres

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#23 Mark Conlan’s Original Work (Left) And Neda Rabiei’s Nockoff (Right)

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#24 Original Beekeepers Album Artwork And Apt. 13 Copy

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#25 Frenchman Romain Sarkal Eloy Submits A Photoshopped Picture (Bottom) To A Contest And Wins A New Macbook Pro Laptop All Without A Permission Of Photographer Kevin Collins Who Took The Original Picture (Top)

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#26 Stolen Art

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#27 Artwork Stolen By Asos

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#28 Print By Hidden Eloise On A Paperchase Bag Bearing A Similar Design

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#29 Samantha Beeston Had Stolen Artist’s Lauren Nassef’s Drawings (Left) And Used Them In Her Own Pattern Designs (Right)

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#30 Stolen Fan Art

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#31 Art Stolen From Deviantart User Nerkin

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#32 Company Stealing Art From Independent Artist

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#33 Modern Dog, A Small Seattle Design Shop, Accused Disney And Some Of Their Partners, Including Target, Of Ripping Off One Of Its Dog-Oriented Designs To Create A T-Shirt. They Even Started A Social Media Campaign To Attract More Attention To The Issue

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#34 Forever 21 Accused Of Blatantly Stealing Valfre Designs

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#35 Original And The Copy

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#36 Original Illustration And Knock-off Version

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#37 Stolen Artwork

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#38 Band Rapper Sadat X Released An Album With Artist’s Jay Roeder Artwork On It Without His Permission

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#39 Viralstyle Stealing From Artists

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#40 Controversial Artist Richard Prince Exhibits And Sells Screenshots Of Other Photographers’ Instagram Photos Without Permission

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#41 Paintings Plagiarised By Wendy Marani (Right) As Painted By Nancy Farmer (Left)

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#42 Artist’s Design Used On A T-Shirt

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#43 Rashidi Barrett’s Version (Right) Of Matheus Lopez Castro Work (Left). Barrett Admitted What He’d Done And Apologised On His Website

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#44 The Original Of Polish Artist Adrian Knopik (Top) And Rashidi Barrett’s Version (Bottom)

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#45 Chas Truslow “Killa Bart” Art On Ruvilla T-Shirts That It Marketed And Sold To Its Customers

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#46 Northern Ireland Painter Martin Bradley Produced Almost “Exact Replicas” (Right) Of Works By American Painter Tim Rogerson (Left)

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#47 Company Copying Artist’s Design

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#48 Claire’s Ripped Off This Clare Louise Owen Design

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#49 Another Stolen Artwork

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#50 Stolen Fanart

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