ANOTHER rock band stealing artwork!!!!! It is almost laughable how these bands feel that they can take and us artwork to promote themselves. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 was initiated by the music and film industry to protect intellectual property. The law has its flaws but it does what it was supposed to, protect artists copyrights which includes digital film and analog film, digital and analog video, digital and analog music, digital and analog photography, and traditional visual arts (painting, sculpture drawing, painting..) It assures that an artist retains the intellectual copyright of his or her work.

As an artist  my work is widely “appropriated” or pirated Ironically the worst offenders are not teens using artwork but rather writer, publishers using “free” internet art for books,  magazines, or other publications, They make no effort to find the owner. Musicians are the worst offenders, using artists work for promotional material or CD covers with no concern for the artist. Not a cent goes to the artwork, shame on them!!!

KOENIGSTEIN YOUTH is a typical heavy metal band, using a raven image for it’s “Goth” effect and using my art without consent. It is a “symphonic Punk Style” rock band from France which claims to tour all over Europe since 2009. In other-words they have been stealing art since 2009. I discovered that they had used my image for a June 20113 concert in Spain. I asked politely to credit me with the artwork of remove the image. They didn’t do either so it is my turn. The image is on at least 5 websites so I will be chasing after them with a DMCA claim.

KOENIGSTEIN YOUTH shame on you!!!


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