Companies have been caught multiple times plagiarising artworks for their own gain, but this story is different. When Weinye Chen, a 30-year-old cartoonist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, noticed that Domino’s Chile branch was using her drawing on their Facebook page, she took action right away. After the initial silence, however, the company sent some messages that were a bit passive-aggressive to say the least.
“I was shocked at first,” Chen told Mashable. “I’ve had my work plagiarised before but usually by small, random social media accounts or unknown websites. Nothing like this. This has been my biggest encounter yet.” Chen, who has over 123,000 Instagram followers, shared a screenshot of the whole ordeal with her fans and it quickly went viral.
“I knew I needed as much support as I could get as I’ve never been in this position before,” Chen explained. “There have been many other cases where big corporations have stolen artwork from indie artists and most of the time, the cases never get resolved, leaving the artists defenseless and helpless. So, I was really concerned about that.”
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