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Anonymous - I'm gonna give you a round of e-applause. As an artist it really ruffles my feathers when people, especially fans or artists themselves, don't know the first thing about copyright or plagiarism. But your post was super accurate and informative.

Thank you. I’ve been fascinated by the flaws of plagiarism by school systems for years after a teacher accused me of plagiarism because I used “ewe” in a sentence instead of baby sheep. When I started posting art online copyright laws first came to my attention and the connections between them stuck.

A few semesters ago I even wrote an essay for my college about the issues of plagiarism and copyright so I can fully understand when other people get miffed over the lack of understanding, because I sure do.

I’m so glad you feel the post is accurate and informative.  I was worried I was rushing it too much as I started typing it with little time to spare before work. Which I should get back too….

Thanks again for the message of support anon!




Ever hear of LookHuman? You probably know them as the website that has apparel and accessories with catchy slogans and phrases that fit right in with the tumblr community’s sense of humor.

Well, that’s because a large number of those catchy slogans and phrases, along with artwork, were made by tumblr users and used without credit or permission.

That’s right: LookHuman repeatedly and routinely steals/plagiarizes and profits off the work and words of others.

Don’t believe me? Take a look:

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    Stolen by LookHuman:

And this is just a short list of the examples I could find easily.

They have also stolen work from other websites as well:

Original Shirt:



Stolen by LookHuman:


LookHuman is a company that preys on artists. They profit off other people’s work. None of the money from their sales go back to the original artists or originators of the artwork, slogans, and phrases they use. None of these people were credited.

Bottom line: See a cute shirt with a catchy phrase on LookHuman’s website? Chances are it’s already being sold by the original poster.

Don’t like seeing companies like this thrive? Don’t allow them to.

Email: help@lookhuman.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lookhumandotcom

Tumblr: http://lookhuman.tumblr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/look_human

122 N Grant Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215
United States

Tell LookHuman that you do not support art theft and plagiarism, and demand that they stop engaging in these practices. Refuse to buy from their store until they change their policies and begin crediting the artists whose work they are profiting off of.

Protect artists.

Support artists.

Boycott art thieves.

LookHuman has a lot of Sailor Moon-related prints as well and it’s frustrating when they pop up here, because I know Sailor Moon fans just want cute clothes but a lot of the ideas on them are just recycled from other uncredited bloggers.

I’m going to lose followers for this… so bye!

Let me educate EVERYONE on plagiarism and why it is a failing concept because of two little things called copy right laws and the public domain.

According to dictionary.com plagiarism is defined as: “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author”

Which by all accounts LookHuman has done yes? But wait wouldn’t that mean every person who has ever written a Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, or Snow White story been plagiarizing? And obviously the answer is no because while they are closely imitating the thoughts of the original author they are not imitating the language; let me explain

Plagiarism only works if certain conditions are met, the first being the concept. If the concept is common knowledge it is not plagiarism, and here I am talking about things like “water is wet” and “wearing a red shirt may be hazardous to your health”. Let me here introduce you, for a moment, to a personal favorite website of mine under the title “Welcome to the Public Domain” at http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/ as they very simply explain copyright which helps many people daily determine fully if something is plagiarized.

Copyright law does not protect the titles of books or movies, nor does it protect short phrases such as, “Make my day.” Copyright protection also doesn’t cover facts, ideas, or theories. These things are free for all to use without authorization.”

Which is why plagiarism fails if something is common knowledge.. and oh what was that? Stanford clearly stated that copyright doesn’t cover facts, ideas, or theories. Which I do believe most of those examples against LookHuman for plagiarism were ideas. Now plagiarism does protect facts and theories, which are not common knowledge, but here is where another condition must be met; for something to be plagiarized the concept must be presented in a way that mimics the original. This is that whole “closely imitating the language and thoughts” part. As a teacher once told me, and this is a loose retelling but: any idea that you have not known prior to your current education must be cited. However if you can present the idea in your own words, and use cited evidence to back it up, you are not plagiarizing. Her advice for when to know the difference between citation of a quote and classification of something in your own words was three words. If there are three words in a series that match the source information you are plagiarizing. So let me say that again with out plagiarizing: Any three words found in sequence matching the original source can be considered plagiarism. 

Now remember this is only for new ideas so lets skip back, and from here out, focus on copyright and a lot of quoted text from Stanford. Because remember kids Copyright doesn’t cover facts, ideas, or theories. But wait wouldn’t stories like The Little Mermaid be covered? Well yes and no because let me tell you about the public domain which “refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it”. Which please read all of http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/ for a better understanding but most things become public domain because copyrights expire and when that happens you are free to use it with out permission. Here is where it gets tricky because items that are not covered by copyright can be expressed by anyone so what prevents people from just outright expressing ideas of someone else as their own? Because it is HOW the information is presented that allows for us to have hundreds of re-tellings of classic fairy tails.

Lets refer back to Standford to better explain this “for example, the fact that a comet will pass by the Earth in 2027—is not protected by copyright. If a scientist discovered this fact, anyone would be free to use it without asking for permission from the scientist. Similarly, if someone creates a theory that the comet can be destroyed by a nuclear device, anyone could use that theory to create a book or movie. However, the unique manner in which a fact is expressed may be protected. Therefore, if a filmmaker created a movie about destroying a comet with a nuclear device, the specific way he presented the ideas in the movie would be protected by copyright.

Oh I love this, because it is the manner by which something is expressed that makes it available for protection. And did anyone notice while the idea’s were similar on all the items shown from LookHuman that each was expressed in uniquely different ways? The ideas (which is not covered under copyright laws) were clearly the same but how they were presented to the is different, and thus legal. Just remember as stated by http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/ Copyright law does not protect ideas; it only protects the particular way an idea is expressed.”

 Now is is ethical? No that is a completely separate discussion and something a lot of companies, and people, skirt over because legalities don’t have to hold hands with everyone and sing kumbaya.

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Click here to find out why these questions help you.

This is so important!

I never know what to ask and end up looking like a fool cause I don’t have a question prepared.

Don’t be me.

Hey businessinsider here is some advice I got from a person who regularly does interviews for people looking to work with Girl Scouts. “If you have to ask if I have any concerns about your qualifications then YES I can come up with a list. Advice? Don’t ask end of interview questions based off those ‘how to do better at an interview’ websites. Ask questions that show you are interested in knowing more about the job, the company, or the people you will work with.”
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Cornwall. Ryan Slack, 2014.

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Our darkest thoughts tend to creep out at night plaguing us with a sleepless existance in rooms of soft sheets and black lighting.

And I wonder: why do the thoughts choose then to visit most?

Perhaps they just feel at home among the deep silence that accompanies the dark.

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Actias Luna - a perfect example that moths can be beautiful too!


Actias Luna - a perfect example that moths can be beautiful too!

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Kiki’s Delivery Service
1989 Japanese theatrical poster

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Dragon Riders unite under their new emblem!

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Hiccups map with ALL locations and dragons.

High res image:

There is something strange and kind of wonderful about what they put into this. The detail in the drawings and swirls meant to be clouds and countles tiny little waves. And all his little notes… 

Big island. More exploration. 

Sheep. People. Thank you Hiccup for informing us about the sheep.  

Twirl. He called a whirlpool a twirl, ohmygodsoprecious. 

He feels the need to justify “Did not see much in this direction” in the patch that’s empty and thinks “strange fish" is important in the grand scheme of cartography. 

But it’s very…Hiccup. It’s someone slowly making their mark on the world by opening up the world one little drawing at a time and when you see it in detail, it makes him seem so real. Like a person, not a character. That’s so freakin’ neat. 

I like "Strange Rocks" and "Volcano still active", and then he draws it. It feels very much like an artist thing to do, because I frequently write down what I don’t like about my drawing as I’m drawing it. So Hiccup doing this, because he’s very meticulous he’d note things like that, it makes him feel like a real person.

So, much love for Dreamworks, putting little things like this in. And much love for Hiccup, for being a precious meticulous dork.

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