An artist from western Canada is warning others to be careful when posting their work online, after hers was taken without permission and sold by a large U.S. retailer. Winnipeg’s Kal Barteski learned this week that one of her paintings had been reproduced on a handbag and was being sold at a J.C. Penney store in Florida.
Barteski tracked down the makers of the bag, a Montreal company called The Aldo Group. They offered a payout and a chance to collaborate on future projects.
People often assume that if a work is on the internet they can use it, but that’s not true, notes Winnipeg lawyer Silvia de Sousa. She recommends artists add a terms of service clause on their websites regarding their copyright.