Hollywood, FL asked in Copyright and Civil Litigation for Florida

Q: someone stole my artwork from a social media site, slightly altered it and used it for profit. What can I do?

I originally created the image for a fan page on Facebook, Facebook changed their policy on using pseudonames and deleted the page the image was originally posted on, I still have the original.

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Jane Kim
Jane Kim
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  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It depends what you mean by "slightly" altered. And how do you know how much profit that person generated?

In any event, if you believe you were first in time to create it, you can have a lawyer send Cease and Desist letter to this person not to use it again. If this artwork is worth substantial amount of money worth a lawsuit, you can reach out to a copyright litigator or a litigator to determine if you have a viable claim.

Best of luck.

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