NFTs and stolen artwork
Scams and fake profiles seem to be everywhere nowadays. People steal whatever they can and sell it in the hopes of making a quick profit. The reality being what it is, and because my name and my work are being misused, I wanted to clarify a few things.
source: Pixabay https://pixabay.com/illustrations/nft-nfts-cryptocurrency-6795915/
Some of you might have seen my artwork on Pexels. Pexels is a free stock photo site and I've been uploading some of my work there since 2019. I joined it because I wanted to 1. collaborate with creative minds and 2. share a portion of my artwork for free. I'm really grateful for all the opportunities and projects that this community has given me throughout the years. Even though all images on Pexels are free to use, there are some restrictions. It is not allowed to sell an unaltered copy of an image without modifying it first. Read more here:
source: Pexels https://www.pexels.com/license/
Ok, so what's the big idea, you might ask. Lately people have created accounts on social media & NFT marketplaces, using my name, and my profile picture, and they're selling my artwork as NFTs without my permission. Some of these individuals are actively posting things online, like poetry, and fancy quotes, and they pretend to be me. All these accounts are 100% fake. I'm not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I do not sell my artwork on NFT marketplaces or anywhere online.
Many artists around the world are experiencing similar things, here's just a few articles:
I remember when computers and internet became popular and how excited people were about it. So much hype, and so many amazing opportunities. Stocks were rising, business was booming, and no one talked about online scams or identity theft. Much has changed since then and it remains to be seen what the future holds. Until then.. Be careful, it's a jungle out there.