Your Work Will be STOLEN | Art Copyright

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Designer, artist, architect, creator… whatever you may be, if you put your work out there, with or without an art copyright, people will steal it. Unfortunately, as artists in the modern age, this is something we cannot avoid. We can, however, learn from each other’s experiences. In this article, we’ll be chatting about our own experience and how you can keep moving forward if (and when) your work has been stolen. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive in! Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Experience with Art Copyright

We’ve had people copy our articles word for word, and reuse our video content nearly, or exactly, without attributing us any credit. In one specific example, we noticed someone taking our video content and claiming it as their own. When looking at their channel we saw a thumbnail that looked strangely familiar… It wasn’t an exact copy of ours, but it was the same format, same style, same fonts, same composition, and of course the same topic. It’s technically not an art copyright infringement, but using the same exact content and not changing it up is still stealing! That’s a small example, but that kind of stuff can get under your skin, discourage you, and stop you from focusing on creating more and better things!

stealing art copyright

Have you had a similar experience? Maybe the person that stole your work has a larger following or is growing much faster. Maybe their video even has more views than your own. This can be so frustrating knowing that the work was originally your own and whoever stole it is possibly reaching a larger audience.

How to Respond

The first time you experience this you will probably be very upset! And rightfully so. Your initial response may be to hire a lawyer. Maybe you just want to give up. You may think there’s no point in creating content if someone else is going to get the credit from your hard work. It could even give you the idea that stealing is how people succeed. They have a larger following, therefore the only way to get there is to steal content. So what are you supposed to do now?

frustrated from stolen art copyright

Don’t stoop to their level! It may be a cliché response but giving up or fighting back with dishonesty isn’t going to help you in the long run.

Just be the better artist. After struggling with this ourselves for a few months, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best response is to just be better. Do your best and create content that is so strong they can’t even replicate it.

If you truly want to succeed, you’ll have to take your work to the next level. For us, that meant hiring a video editor so we could have the highest quality videos. Maybe you hire a professional proofreader to overlook your writing, or maybe it means you experiment with new mediums. The bottom line is, you want to be so creative that the other guys can’t keep up.

art copyright creative process

Having your work stolen can feel discouraging, but it forces you to push yourself and keep creating new things that have never been done before. Keep creating work that you are proud of and you will be sure to succeed. Eventually, people will see right through the fake façade. If you create content that you’re passionate about, people will recognize that, and you will have a loyal following that will last.

Have you ever had problems with art copyright? Do you know someone who has had their work stolen? Be sure to share this article with them so they know what to do! Let us know in the comments what you think.

Happy Hacking!


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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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