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« on: February 09, 2023, 10:28 »
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I found this contributor makes images very similar with my work. I think that it is not just coincidence, but I am not sure is it against the rules?

My image:  https://stock.adobe.com/images/vintage-poster-with-sushi-rolls/433752113
His image:  https://stock.adobe.com/images/sushi-bar-food-retro-sign-with-traditional-japanese-restaurant-poster-ad-promo-vector-sign/567919945

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/retro-fruit-poster-with-pear-on-old-paper-texture/130621598
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/pear-retro-fruit-poster-vector-illustration/564105844

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cheese-retro-poster-design/67122784
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cheese-dairy-product-retro-poster-vector-design/565213294

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/barber-shop-retro-poster-design-with-bearded-man-portrait-on-old-paper-texture-background-haircut-and-shaving-service-vector-image/346026736
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/barbershop-retro-poster-vector-design/564105927

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/french-cheese-retro-metal-sign-plate-advertisement-vintage-poster-design-with-piece-of-yellow-cheese-and-creative-typography-old-vector-food-restaurant-ad-illustration/335404588
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/french-cheese-retro-metal-sign-plate-advertisement-vintage-poster-vector-template/564105835

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/retro-billiards-sign-design-with-black-eight-ball-on-green-background/183010174
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/billiard-club-poster-design-vector-templat3/561418713

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/donuts-retro-promotional-sign-food-sign-board-with-fresh-delicious-donuts-on-old-vintage-background/170340021
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/donuts-retro-promotional-sign-bakery-food-sign-board-vector-template/556866194

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/sandwich-advertisement-for-fast-food-restaurant-or-catering-service-sandwich-with-loaf-salami-cheese-and-lettuce-vector-illustration-food-sign-vintage-template/461755605
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/sandwich-advertisement-for-fast-food-restaurant-food-sign-vintage-template/567237281

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cakes-and-sweets-vintage-sign-idea-on-rusty-metal-plate-background/158389111
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cake-bakery-promotional-poster-design-vector-template/552732759

This is just a few examples, there are a hundreds more and new images coming on a daily basis. There are even more on Shutterstock, but I am posting here, hoping Mat will give me the right suggestion on what to do.  I do not want to accuse anyone, just wondering is there a legal way to stop him. Any advice will be highly appreciated.


« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2023, 10:39 »
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Yes they are using your concepts and tweaking them just enough to get away with it  >:(

« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2023, 11:29 »
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I did a little Google searching to see what came up for "vintage sushi poster" - other than lots of your work, obvioiusly.

There's more material in the same vein from more than one other contributor - on 123rf, BigStock

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/image-373221898/stock-vector-sushi-meal-rusty-metal-vector-plate-nigiri-sushi-roll-with-vinegared-rice%2C-tuna%2C-salmon-fish-or-tig
https://www.123rf.com/photo_168219293_japanese-cuisine-seafood-rusty-metal-plate-sushi-bar-restaurant-menu-vector-tin-sign-japanese-seafoo.html
https://graphicriver.net/item/japanese-seafood-meal-sushi-bar-rusty-metal-plate/31874850?s_rank=3

I assume Vector Tradition and seamartini are the same contributor? And Vector Tradition is at Adobe Stock too

I'm not at all familiar with this genre, but is there some style of old posters that these current illustrations are derived from/inspired by? If there is, it might make it hard to persuade an agency to remove the other contributors' items. I think the view might be that all of you were inspired by the same old (out of copyright) originals and that only direct copying (line for line) of your work would be actionable. You can clearly see the similarities, but the other contributor's work isn't a direct copy.

« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2023, 11:33 »
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Ouch, you have a fan.
Sadly it's not against Shutterstock's rules. Back in the old SS forum there were people who told about similar cases and said they reported it to SS, but SS did not consider it stolen, no matter how close it was to the original. It's still worth a try to report it, but I would not expect much.

It's sad actually - The art from the person who steals your work isn't bad, there is certainly some talent there - but apparently 0 own creativity skill.

« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2023, 11:50 »
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I'm not at all familiar with this genre, but is there some style of old posters that these current illustrations are derived from/inspired by?

My work is not inspired by any particular illustrations. It is made from stretch.
...

Those vector you posted are not copies of my work. They are different in styles, color schemes, composition, drawing style etc.

« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2023, 12:15 »
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Ouch, you have a fan.
Sadly it's not against Shutterstock's rules. Back in the old SS forum there were people who told about similar cases and said they reported it to SS, but SS did not consider it stolen, no matter how close it was to the original. It's still worth a try to report it, but I would not expect much.

It's sad actually - The art from the person who steals your work isn't bad, there is certainly some talent there - but apparently 0 own creativity skill.

Yes I know there were similar cases. Also, this is not a first time that someone makes copies of my images. Most of time I remain silent, few images wasn't big deal, so I did not report them. But this case is different. This contributor have hundreds of the images almost identical as mine, same style, same color schemes, same texts, same drawing technique, composition etc.

For example - this is my  illustration of pizza  - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/homemade-pizza-vintage-decoration-sign-kitchen-1819431905
and this is his illustration  - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/italian-pepperoni-pizza-vector-illustration-2259565975
Identical style! Yes, he rearranged the elements, makes different shapes, but actually it is the same pizza.  It took years for me to develop the way I drawing and this fellow got everything on a silver plate overnight.
But like I said, the biggest problem for me is the quantity of my work that has been copied, and this trend continues day after day.

« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2023, 12:40 »
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Ouch, you have a fan.
Sadly it's not against Shutterstock's rules. Back in the old SS forum there were people who told about similar cases and said they reported it to SS, but SS did not consider it stolen, no matter how close it was to the original. It's still worth a try to report it, but I would not expect much.

It's sad actually - The art from the person who steals your work isn't bad, there is certainly some talent there - but apparently 0 own creativity skill.

Yes I know there were similar cases. Also, this is not a first time that someone makes copies of my images. Most of time I remain silent, few images wasn't big deal, so I did not report them. But this case is different. This contributor have hundreds of the images almost identical as mine, same style, same color schemes, same texts, same drawing technique, composition etc.

For example - this is my  illustration of pizza  - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/homemade-pizza-vintage-decoration-sign-kitchen-1819431905
and this is his illustration  - https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/italian-pepperoni-pizza-vector-illustration-2259565975
Identical style! Yes, he rearranged the elements, makes different shapes, but actually it is the same pizza.  It took years for me to develop the way I drawing and this fellow got everything on a silver plate overnight.
But like I said, the biggest problem for me is the quantity of my work that has been copied, and this trend continues day after day.

You're right to be pissed and everyone here on the forum can see that some guy is imitating your work and stealing your ideas.
I don't think you need to convince anyone here.

The problem is how the agencies deal with it. They don't care in the end whose pictures they sell.

I keep my fingers crossed that you can achieve something. This is really very annoying.

« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2023, 17:02 »
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I found this contributor makes images very similar with my work. I think that it is not just coincidence, but I am not sure is it against the rules?

My image:  https://stock.adobe.com/images/vintage-poster-with-sushi-rolls/433752113
His image:  https://stock.adobe.com/images/sushi-bar-food-retro-sign-with-traditional-japanese-restaurant-poster-ad-promo-vector-sign/567919945

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/retro-fruit-poster-with-pear-on-old-paper-texture/130621598
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/pear-retro-fruit-poster-vector-illustration/564105844

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cheese-retro-poster-design/67122784
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cheese-dairy-product-retro-poster-vector-design/565213294

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/barber-shop-retro-poster-design-with-bearded-man-portrait-on-old-paper-texture-background-haircut-and-shaving-service-vector-image/346026736
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/barbershop-retro-poster-vector-design/564105927

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/french-cheese-retro-metal-sign-plate-advertisement-vintage-poster-design-with-piece-of-yellow-cheese-and-creative-typography-old-vector-food-restaurant-ad-illustration/335404588
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/french-cheese-retro-metal-sign-plate-advertisement-vintage-poster-vector-template/564105835

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/retro-billiards-sign-design-with-black-eight-ball-on-green-background/183010174
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/billiard-club-poster-design-vector-templat3/561418713

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/donuts-retro-promotional-sign-food-sign-board-with-fresh-delicious-donuts-on-old-vintage-background/170340021
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/donuts-retro-promotional-sign-bakery-food-sign-board-vector-template/556866194

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/sandwich-advertisement-for-fast-food-restaurant-or-catering-service-sandwich-with-loaf-salami-cheese-and-lettuce-vector-illustration-food-sign-vintage-template/461755605
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/sandwich-advertisement-for-fast-food-restaurant-food-sign-vintage-template/567237281

My image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cakes-and-sweets-vintage-sign-idea-on-rusty-metal-plate-background/158389111
His image: https://stock.adobe.com/images/cake-bakery-promotional-poster-design-vector-template/552732759

This is just a few examples, there are a hundreds more and new images coming on a daily basis. There are even more on Shutterstock, but I am posting here, hoping Mat will give me the right suggestion on what to do.  I do not want to accuse anyone, just wondering is there a legal way to stop him. Any advice will be highly appreciated.

Wow yes that's more than taking inspiration. That's blatant copying.
I really like your style by the way. They look gorgeous. The type of thing that if it was printed on a metal plate I'd buy them to hang in the kitchen.

« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2023, 04:17 »
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I also discover such "inspired" pictures again and again.

Here is an example. On the left is my picture, on the right the "inspired" picture. I have complained to shutterstock. But they couldn't understand where my problem was.

In the meantime, however, the contributors's portfolio has been deleted. Perhaps there were too many "inspired" images in their portfolio at some point.

« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2023, 04:24 »
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Or this one. Left is mine, right is "inspired"...

« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2023, 09:25 »
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Wow yes that's more than taking inspiration. That's blatant copying.
I really like your style by the way. They look gorgeous. The type of thing that if it was printed on a metal plate I'd buy them to hang in the kitchen.

Thanks Cider.
But prints on metal plates, or posters is another sad story, lol. A story in which the images of many of us are involved.  Etsy, Amazon, ebay... :(


 

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