I find this really disgusting - read this article. She'll explain it in her blog post but basically a women in England is on a TV show talking about needing money about her 'thriving dog portrait business". The problem is, she's stolen the dog portraits, and all she's doing is removing the original artist's signature and adding some her name and some 'jewels' and then charging a large sum of money for each piece.
I've been following Lili Chin's blog and portraits for a while and feel quite bad for her. It's always a risk when you have something unique isn't it? And sure competition is always out there, and should be. But this women isn't creating the portrait herself. She's just talking someone else's work and adding to it - without permission of the creator. Lili Chin has contacted a lawyer and is in pursuit of this cheeky woman but as any small business owner knows - not only does pursuing this type of thing take up your valuable time, time away from creating and expanding your business, but also takes away cash flow. It's a terrible situation to be in.
You'll notice that people in the YouTube comments have been telling her that she's ripping off another artist's work, there's more of a flurry on Facebook and other places as well. From what I've heard, the Brit doesn't seem to care much. I hope enough people make a stink and that Lili Chin is able to win her lawsuit and stop this thief from doing what she's doing.