DAP CREATOR PLEDGE: If you are as infuriated as we are at the audacity of thieves to repeatedly steal art and sell on third-party platforms, join our Digital Art Patrol (DAP) collective! We are solely fueled by our anger and goodwill toward fellow creatives. Here is what we pledge to do, creative to creative: 

  1. SUBMIT DMCA COMPLAINT(S) & NOTIFY FELLOW CREATIVES: Upon confirming an infringer, file appropriate DMCA complaint(s) and notify at least 3 artists who may have been targeted by the same infringer. (TIP: Choose art that you may have shared anyway had you discovered it outside of this particular scenario).

  2. NOTIFY THE PUBLIC: Notify the public by tweeting the #hashtagged username of the infringer and the #hashtagged name of the print-on-demand (POD) platform (e.g., Amazon, TeeSpring, etc.). Also #hashtag the notice with #DigitalArtPatrol and tag @digiartpatrol for further amplification.

  3. RETWEET: Retweet notices of art theft and copyright infringement of fellow impacted creatives. If you like their art, also retweet links to their original art. Popular hashtags include #copyrightinfringement #arttheft #serialinfringer #repeatoffender.

DAP CONSUMER PLEDGE: When purchasing art online from independent artists, we pledge to the following, consumer to creative:

  1. REVIEW PORTFOLIO BEFORE PURCHASE: Before purchasing art, review the portfolio of the “seller” for consistency. If other art listings appear to have been created by multiple parties, or multiple sellers offer the same art for sale, consider searching for your desired art outside of the current platform and on other websites.

  2. CONDUCT SEARCH OUTSIDE OF PORTFOLIO/PLATFORM: Search either by the name of the art or by conducting a “reverse image search.” If you cannot determine who created the desired art, consider delaying your purchase and contacting those offering the art (honest creatives will often have their social media information on full display. If they don’t, they may be trying to hide their identity or they are a really really tired and out-of-touch artist).

  3. TIP THE CREATIVE: If you fear you may have purchased art from a copyright infringer, consider tipping the original artist so you can wear/display your art guilt-free. (Note: This gracious tip came from attorney Erin Dwyer-Frazier.)

VOLUNTEER WITH DAP: We aim to keep DAP lean and effective and expand only if necessary and sustainable. If you have the time and would like to volunteer with us, please complete this form and we will be in touch! (If you have questions please use the form below as well.)

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  1. American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property: @abaipl

  2. American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA): @aipla

  3. Anti-Copying in Design: @ACID_Tweets

  4. Canadian Intellectual Property Office: @CIPO_Canada

  5. Copyright Alilance: @Unite4Copyright

  6. The Copyright Society of the USA: @TheCSUSA

  7. Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig Law: @DBLLawyers

  8. Digital Art Patrol (DAP): @digiartpatrol

  9. European Union Intellectual Property Office: @EU_IPO

  10. Erin Dwyer-Frazier: @Erin_DF_Esquire

  11. Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC): @globalIPcenter

  12. Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman Intellectual Property Law: @GRRLaw

  13. Intellectual Property Corporation of Maylasia: @myipo

  14. Intellectual Property Office for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy (BEIS): @The_IPO

  15. Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines: @IPOPHL

  16. The IPKat: @ipkat

  17. IP Law Alerts: @IPLawAlerts

  18. IP Watch: @ipwwatch

  19. Online Trademark Attorneys: @OnlineTMAttys

  20. Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit: @CityPolicePIPCU

  21. Managing Intellectual Property: @ManagingIP

  22. Nancy Sims: @CopyrightLibn

  23. Stop Fakes: @StopFakesGov

  24. Trademark Blog: @TrademarkBlog

  25. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: @UNCTAD_IP

  26. U.S. Copyright Office: @CopyrightOffice

  27. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: @uspto

  28. U.S. National Archives: @USNatArchives

  29. Vandana Taxali: @medialaw

  30. Wolk & Levine Law: @copyrightlaw

  31. World Intellectual Property Organization: @WIPO

  32. World Trademark Review magazine: @WTRmagazine

These are a few resources we have discovered in our efforts to protect our intellectual property, for creatives and those seeking to protect creatives. We are not affiliated with any of these organizations. Inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement.

If you see something to add or edit, please tweet us at @digiartpatrol. #DigitalArtPatrol


Onjena Yo: Creative, co-founder of multi-media art & entertainment company Carbon-Fibre Media (CFM), art & artist lover, writer, O'BABYBOT maker, multinational patriot, truther. Connect on twitter @DigiArtPatrol.


Nelson X. Asencio: Artist, toy designer & anime lover. Creator of Chuki & Friends. Connect on twitter @NelsonX.