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When I type in the paintart(dot)com it forwards to oilpaintingcenter(dot)com. I do not see ANY flower art on there at all. What are you seeing, Linda?

I just got back on thepaintart- I see yours on page 123 and 125 I think- I am sending in the form and looking for other artists work so I can alert them- I saw the people you sent to.

Yes, they are up and running again under thepaintart and flower art is back up. I glanced through some and I saw one of yours Trisha on page 36 and other artists I’m familiar with, mostly on their link flower art.That’s great Marcia!

Hey, they are very clever!
You know how I said that when I entered the URL thepaintart(dot)com, it forwarded to oilpaintingcenter(dot)com and there was no infringing art on that site that I could tell?
I was surprised to hear from you all that you were NOT being forwarded away, instead you were on the original site with infringing art. So I cleared the cookie from thepaintart(dot)com and – voila! – I can see thepaintart(dot)com again.
They figured out who I was and adjusted my cookie to get rid of me. haha!

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I see that this company accepts Paypal for payment. Report the company to Paypal. They were instrumental to me in the past when I discovered a company selling my artwork as prints. They took away their ability to use paypal as payment, and the site was taken down.

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I’ll check out the PayPal infringement Report Policy. Thank you Linda for sharing this information.

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Thank you, Linda, for bringing this to the attention of our forum. Just unbelievable how these sites steal from artists.

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Thanks, Linda McCoy, for the PayPal infringement link.
Thanks, Marcia Hodges, for telling me there were two of my paintings on pages 123 and 125.
Thank you, Linda Jacobus, for telling me one of my paintings was on page 36.
I filed infringement reports with PayPal for these three artworks.
The form says the presence of PayPal buy buttons is not enough to prove they are using PayPal, so I clicked through and took a screenshot of the purchase page on PayPal to attach.
We will see what happens.

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Grrr- Here is another Chinese company doing the same thing! On Etsy!

I contacted two of the artists they are copying because they will have to complain themselves (as owners of the copyright) to Etsy.
I recognize Geoffery Johnson, Megan Lightell, Sarah Kelk, Kyffin Williams (a deceased Welsh artist).

This stealing is all too common! Etsy should be able to shut their shop down. And they have had over 300 sales! People fall for this cheap knock off art. ugh.

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That is exactly why I don’t use Pinterest, not sure if Facebook is as unprotected as that. I don’t think that saying “all rights reserved by artist” or any other thing can stop this. Thanks for venting!

The low resolution they capture should make crappy prints.

Does anyone know if this has been resolved after almost a year?

Hi Lori
The last time I checked it had been resolved but its been quite awhile since I’ve checked again so not really sure at this point and time.

Looks like the Etsy store is still up and running strong. It’s a real shame.

Hi, April,
Can you tell me the store name on Etsy? I’d like to check it out.

This is where I went. The site is full of spelling errors etc. They claim they have 6 painters producing all the work (in the about section).

I went to that site, I don’t recognize anyone’s works. They just may be legit.

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That’s what I was thinking, too, Linda. They could actually be producing original paintings. One of the customer reviews said they were able to work with the seller to customize the painting.

No. They are not legit. Please read through this thread. I looked again at their Etsy shop and I recognize three real artists, one from UK, and two US. They steal images from the internet and copy them. Not legit!
I saw in their “reviews” a painting by an artist I personally know-- if you look at the listing image (which is hers and well done) then compare that to what this Chinese studio produced (image provided by the buyer after they received their painting), it is ridiculously inferior.

Donna I’m glad you noticed that, especially spotting an artist you know. Your right they aren’t legit, makes me sick inside. Your friend should contact Etsy.