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November 26, 2007


A Chinese company that is making an I-Phone clone is using my work to promote and advertise.

more here:

here's a link to the company info:

It even appears they have used the image of Apnea for a theme - if not a mockup for advertising and promotion.

Does anyone speak Chinese or have any ideas about Chinese law or how to go about contacting them?  I wonder if I even have any chance of collecting any damages for unlicensed use of the image?

Is China a member or participant of Bourne Convention agreements on copyright?

Will someone make me a sandwich?

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3tz3r Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
I know this is a REALLY old topic but I just wanted to clear some things up for anyone who didn't find out... If any one of you would use Google translate to check out Meizu's forum (where those mock-up images came from), you'd know that these were fan-made images by a forum member and not official proomtional images by Meizu themselves.
SomarGraphicsStudio Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
I don't want to sound like I am being racial, but I probably will... Actions like these start wars, fucking thieves.
b-M-d Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'd hate to say it, but piracy is common all across Asia.

I doubt there is any way to get compensation or anything out of it without having to sue. :p

Best of luck to all of you at Lithium Picnic, to Apnea... :)

Great great photography! :headbang:
pinklacqueredskies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
I speak chinese but I'm not too sure about the chinese law system.
You could try and contact the company, send them an email or something it's a pretty big company so they'll understand english.
Good luck X
Edwardv Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
The Chinese are famous for copyright violations. Good luck with you effect contacting the company and settling the issue.

Have a nice day:sun:
crimson-touch Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
if you want i can try and help
i do speak chinese though im not totally fluent in it
z-monster Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
Hey Phil,

I was going thru some of my older copies of Gothic Beauty and came across the issue featuring the very same image of Apnea.

Not knowing the current status of the issue at hand here, isn't Gothic Beauty doing something about this also?

For those are currious, Gothic Beauty issue 20 is what I am referring to.
somaphotos Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
not to be pessimistic but i have chinese friends and they say that the chance of getting any sort of compensation or reimbursement is slim to none. without trying to come across as negative or anything, i wouldn't waste your time. chalk it up to experience, and don't post hi res unwatermarked images online anywhere...
chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they always steal stock from artist gallerys, of course it is a awsome pic...f ' them...
javierocasio Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
hey they reply to you?? I want to know what they said. The other on the site is mine.
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