I would like to share story that has happened to me recently. I feel that I have to share this information with my fellow artists and fans. No artist is immune from of fraud and scam
Then a few days ago another client from the same country sends me an email with several links for one site. In this site someone offers high quality prints and merchandise with that very same painting that was returned to me . I never publish photos online with my signature and I noticed that this picture had the painting signed. This immediately rang the alarm that I'm possibly being scammed
For protection of my intellectual property , When I take photos of the paintings I do that without a signature. The painting is not signed at the time when I take the picture. This way anyone who wants to scam me and make illegal copies or prints does not have the signature and cannot involve my name. also the images shown online are in very small resolution. IF you download a picture from afremov.com , you won't be able to make a print larger than half a page without seeing pixels.
What happened was very simple. The customer purchased a painting, kept it for 2 days , took high quality pictures and made a special scan of the painting, then returned it to me and kept the high resolution images that can be used for professional printing. The customer went through this whole ordeal of the purchase and refund just in order to have the original painting to take good pictures for printing.
Now I have to hire attorneys in this country and sue this site. But because of the remote location and the lawless of this country , very little can be done. I will try but I have a gut feeling that I will not be able to do much about it.
I honestly do not know what to do or make of this whole situation. I don't know how an artist can protect himself from such fraud and scam. I think that all artist need to unite and keep informed of possibility of such fraud and scam just in order to acquire high resolution photos of a painting.
Please tell me what you think about this situation and maybe some advice of how an artist can protect himself from such fraud and scam. I will be very happy to hear what you have to say