The image below, as near as I can tell, (I cannot read Russian) was made by Anastasia Gorbunov for a competition to encourage reading and literacy among Russians. This image won in the graphics category and was featured in an exhibition. The text at the bottom roughly translates to “Reading isn’t dangerous. Not reading is.” A wonderful message and part of the design for the competition. As intended by the artist.
Here is another version of the same image from Demotivation:
The person who made this version cropped off the original message, which is bad enough. But to take it a step further this person had to go the Captain Obvious route and add their own caption which basically describes the contents of the poster IN CASE YOU DON’T GET IT.
And judging from the comments there, people are ready to buy it! Hooray! No one knows who the artist is, or that the work has been altered AND the artist will never get a dime from any sale!
Why do people feel that they can steal/alter/sell the artwork of others? Is it ignorance of copyright law? Do they just not care? How do we combat this type of behavior? Talk me down, people. Talk me down.
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