Dec 18, 2019

How bots are stealing artwork from artists on Twitter

Artists have told the BBC how their artwork is being stolen from social media and sold for profit online. The individuals then comment underneath the artist's work on social media with a link to the T-shirt website, tricking the artist's fans into thinking it is an official product. "In my spare time I like to upload silly shirt designs on T-shirt websites," she said. "Responding to people commenting or saying they wanted a shirt design, with the same image recreated on a shirt, all going to these websites." T-shirts which Luciana says use her artwork without her permission can still be found for sale on multiple websites online.

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