Wallpart has stolen multiple artists artwork without permission of the owner, even if there is a signature, watermark, and/or time stamp on it. They then sell that art for a profit (I've seen as low as 3.59 to 13.95) and the artist gets none of the profit. This has been going on for months and they ignore any demands artists put forth to have their art taken down.
They claim that it is all third party work, but it is all shady work how they wont list which sites/companies are the third parties they work with to really back up their claims.
They stole my artwork that was an art trade for a friend and they are selling it for $5.59 per print.
I've also had three other friends' artwork stolen, and even another friend's significant other wasn't safe.
Please please please, spread the word about this because this is VERY real and this is against the law.
If they try to claim "Fair use"
Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. For example, if you wish to criticize a novelist, you should have the freedom to quote a portion of the novelist’s work without asking permission. Absent this freedom, copyright owners could stifle any negative comments about their work.Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works.
</span>Subject to certain defenses, it is copyright infringement for someone other than the author to do the following without the author's permission:
1. copy or reproduce the work
2. create a new work derived from the original work (for example, by translating the work into a new language, by copying and distorting the image, or by transferring the work into a new medium of expression)
3. sell or give away the work, or a copy of the work, for the first time (but once the author has done so, the right to sell or give away the item is transferred to the new owner. This is known as the "first sale" doctrine: once a copyright owner has sold or given away the work or a copy of it, the recipient or purchaser may do as she pleases with what she posesses.) 17 U.S.C. §109(a).
4. perform or display the work in public (this right does not apply to visual art) without permission from the copyright owner. 17 U.S.C. §106.
It is also copyright infringement to violate the "moral rights" of an author as defined by 17 U.S.C. 106A.
Moral rights are discussed at this location
ripped straight from DA:
What Sort of Things are Copyrighted?
The easy answer to this question is that just about any creative work that is less than 150 years old you might find should be considered copyrighted by default.
A work is not required to have a copyright statement printed on it or near it in order to be considered copyrighted so do not assume that the work is unprotected simply because you cannot see a notice written anywhere.
Also do not confuse the fact that a work is publicly available with the idea that it is in the public domain or free for use. Being easy to find on the internet does not affect a work's copyrighted status.
There are many exceptions to the 150 year guideline, but you are best advised to obtain legal advice from an expert if you intend to rely on the possibility that a modern work is not copyrighted.