Hot Topic is known amongst artist groups as one of the worst offenders of art theft in U.S. retailers. I know artists are important to What Pumpkin, and I’d imagine multiple cases of art theft would be a very big deal. The most well-known of the cases were stolen fan art from independent artists, which is the same demographic the Design Contest was aimed to. I’m an artist myself and I wouldn’t want to support a store that steals from my peers.
The people running Hot Topic have zero respect to artists and to copyright law. They’ve been ripping-off independent artists’ storefronts, and continue do so. The whole company really should have been shut down long ago.
If you support artists, independent, fan artist, or any kind, you should oppose Hot Topic and MSPA’s association with them!
Tell What Pumpkin to kick Hot Topic out of the Design contest RIGHT NOW.
We have so little time left to stop this please tell them that it is completely unacceptable to do any sort of business with petty art thieves.
Even if you don’t know what to say, or if you think it would compromise the contestants; It won’t. Just please voice your thoughts in anyway you can put them. Don’t let Hot Topic get a dime out of Homestuck.
Hot topic basically copy and paste picthures on shirts, they also from what i here started collecting Attack on Titan stuff so watch your AOT art the lesser known you think you are the more likely they will steal from you!
Having worked in this industry before I see why these companies do this but in no way does it excuse them or should they do it. It all comes down to money and time for the companies and the high-up/supervisors could care less as long as the product looks good.
When I worked in the industry, I made the effort to not copy and would work late to get my art to the point I needed if necessary. I could not stand the guilt and knowing I was stealing art. I would never want that to happen to me, I couldn’t do it to another artist. However this meant it took more time and effort, something that bosses turn a blind eye too. Not that I am excusing the behavior but often in today’s fast pace industry, designers are pressured and worked to exhaustion and sometimes they get to a point where they don’t care anymore. :(
have you ever shipped something so hard that you become irrationally happy and make a sound akin to steam escaping from a kettle every time they so much as stand next to each other
WHERE are they getting this stuff !!
DO YOU EVER WANT TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU’RE SCARED OF BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP
YO DUDE I SAW THIS ON DA A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I WAS LIKE “WHY DID SOMEONE SUBMIT SCREENSHOTS OF THE FILM?” BUT THEN I WAS LIKE HO SHIT IT’S A COSPLAY!!!!! THIS PERSON IS PERFECT
this is cosplay
THIS IS COSPLAY
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