Saturday, August 25, 2018

Regarding Intellectual Property Rights Issues, I Listen to My Intellectual Property Rights Attorney

Over on Facebook, on a local news channel's post about Steven Tyler sending a cease-and-desist letter to Trump's people to get them to stop using an Aerosmith song at Trump's rallies, I had left the following comments:
"I have sent DMCA notices to clip art sites that have used my artwork without my permission. In such instances, it's not about politics, it's about retaining control over my intellectual property. It could be the same with Steven Tyler. It doesn't have to be about politics."
And:
"Additionally, not only have I sent DMCA takedown notices to clip art sites that have used my art without my permission, but I also sent a takedown notice to a website that posted one of my previously-published non-fiction articles without my permission. Again, it had nothing to do with politics, it was an intellectual property rights issue."
Someone replied to my second comment with a simple:
"Richard Fay wrong."
Being who I am, I just had to respond to being told I'm wrong. This is what I said in reply to the suggestion that I'm in error:
"Well, in my case, I follow the advice of my intellectual property rights attorney and follow what my attorney advises. As for Steven Tyler, as far as I understand it, based on my lay knowledge of the subject, he has the right to send a cease-and-desist letter regardless of the politics. It's a copyright issue, not necessarily a political one. As for any creator facing a similar issue, I suggest they consult with an intellectual property rights attorney."
And:
"One more thing, as a creator of intellectual property, as a writer/poet/artist/illustrator, I will protect my intellectual property rights when necessary. I can certainly understand other creators of intellectual property doing the same."
And:
"BTW, I just found out today that a clip-art site that posted one of my artworks without my permission did not takedown my work after I sent them a DMCA letter, so I'm now going to have my attorney send them a letter."
Any further comments will receive this reply:
"I follow the advice of my attorney".
Not really sure what I'm supposed to be so wrong about, but I tend to listen to what my attorney says about such things rather than what strangers online claim.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The further walking adventures of Fat Richard...

So, earlier today, I walked my obese self the 2.7 miles from The Glen down to SEFCU on Hoosick Street. I then took a rather zig-zaggy route the rest of the way (about 1.5 miles) down to the used bookstore in the Atrium in downtown. After I browsed around in the bookstore for a few minutes, I then walked over to and up the RPI Approach (a massive granite staircase that overlooks Troy), past EMPAC, up College Ave, down 15 St., and eventually up to Burdett Ave (that leg of the journey worked out to about 1.8 miles). Since my feet started hurting, I decided to catch a bus across from Samaritan Hospital and I bussed it from Burdett Ave back up Hoosick Street to Walmart. I purchased something to drink in Walmart, and then walked the .9 mile from Walmart back home.

I wonder how many of those sports car-driving doctors who have told me I'm obese as if I'm going to drop dead any moment would be able to walk the walk I walked today? During that entire hike, the only time I truly got out of breath was when I was half-way up the RPI Approach overlook staircase. Those stairs are brutal!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

First PoD Sale of August

First Zazzle sale of August 2018, first PoD sale of August 2018!

SOLD 8/1/2018 through Zazzle and being shipped to a recipient in Berlin, Germany: six Eastern Dragon Invitations.

Eastern Dragon Invitation

Eastern Dragon Invitation

by richardfay


Thank you, buyer! Much appreciated!

July 2018 PoD Stats

I believe I saw an across-the-board increase, albeit a small one, in PoD sales this July versus last July, so I wanted to do up the numbers and verify it.

My PoD sales/cancellations/referrals stats for July 2018:

Zazzle - 15 sales, 0 cancellations (of July sales, but I did see 1 cancellation of a June 2018 sale), 0 referrals.

CafePress - 7 completed orders of a total of 8 items, 0 cancellations.

Redbubble - 9 sales, 0 cancellations.

Design By Humans (joined April 2018) - 1 sale (I see so few sales through this site that even just one sale is a good thing. It's certainly better than no sales at all.)

Merch by Amazon (joined April 2018) - 3 sales, 0 cancellations.

In July 2017, my PoD stats were as follows:

Zazzle - 11 sales, 10 of which cleared, 1 of which was cancelled and then reordered a short time later, 1 referral.

CafePress - 4 sales of a total of 4 items, 0 cancellations.

Redbubble - 6 sales, 0 cancellations.

Yes, I did indeed see a small across-the-board increase in PoD sales this July as compared to July 2017. Though my sales numbers might not be close to what some PoD designers allegedly see, those numbers do seem to be going in the right direction. Now I hope the trend continues through the rest of 2018.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Recent Sales, Late July 2018

Haven't done one of these posts in a while, so I figured it was overdue...

Sold 7/30/2018 through CafePress to a customer in CA, US: one Allosaurus Kids Trucker Hat.

 
    Allosaurus Kids Trucker hat
 

  Allosaurus Kids Trucker hat
 
    by
    Richard Fay
 
 
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SOLD 7/16/2018 through CafePress (e-Commerce) to a customer in TX, US: one Thistle Sticker.

 
    Thistle Sticker
 

  Thistle Decal
 
    by
    Richard Fay
 
 
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SOLD 7/15/2018 through CafePress to a customer in FL, US: one Thistle Sticker (Oval 10 PK).

 
    Thistle Sticker
 

  Thistle Decal
 
    by
    Richard Fay
 
 
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SOLD 7/29/2018 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) and being shipped to a recipient in Flagstaff, AZ: two sheets of Mechanical Unicorn Classic Round Stickers.

Mechanical Unicorn Classic Round Sticker

Mechanical Unicorn Classic Round Sticker

by richardfay


SOLD 7/26/2018 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) and being shipped to a recipient in Topeka, KS: one Sea Serpent Car Flag.

Sea Serpent Car Flag

Sea Serpent Car Flag

by richardfay



SOLD 7/26/2018 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) and being shipped to a recipient in Southend On Sea, UK: one Cute Medieval Knight Car Air Freshener.

Cute Medieval Knight Car Air Freshener

Cute Medieval Knight Car Air Freshener

by richardfay



SOLD 7/22/2018 through Zazzle and being shipped to a recipient in Altoona, WI: one Scottish Thistle and Saltire T-Shirt.

Scottish Thistle and Saltire T-Shirt

Scottish Thistle and Saltire T-Shirt

by richardfay


SOLD 7/17/2018 through Zazzle and being shipped to a recipient in San Jose, CA: one White Rose of York Ceramic Ornament.

White Rose of York Ceramic Ornament

White Rose of York Ceramic Ornament

by richardfay


SOLD 7/14/2018 through Zazzle and being shipped to a recipient in Virginia Beach, VA: one Poleaxes and Shield Postcard.
Poleaxes and Shield Postcard


SOLD 7/14/2018 through Zazzle and being shipped to a recipient in Virginia Beach, VA: one Charging Knight Postcard.

Charging Knight Postcard

Charging Knight Postcard

by richardfay


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SOLD 7/26/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the US: 1x Sticker of Fleur de Lis, Size Small.

SOLD 7/24/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the US: 1x Tri-blend T-Shirt of Crusader Knight, Early 13th Century.

SOLD 7/20/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the US: 1x Sticker of Three Medieval Swords 2016Size Small.

SOLD 7/19/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in Switzerland: 1x Tri-blend T-Shirt of Fleur de Lis.

SOLD 7/17/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the UK: 1x T-Shirt of Lion Rampant Gules, Style : Women’s T-Shirt, Body Color: Gold.

SOLD 7/15/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in the US: 1x Sticker of Scottish Thistle & Saltire, Size Small.
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SOLD 7/17/2018 through Merch by Amazon: 2 Fleur-de-lis Standard T-Shirts.
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SOLD 7/14/2018 through Design by Humans: one Unicorn Rampant T-Shirt.

Recalibrating the Future by Herb Kauderer, with my art on the cover!

I did the front cover art, back cover art, and frontispiece for this one:Recalibrating the Future by Herb Kauderer

I gather my artwork for RECALIBRATING THE FUTURE has been receiving many compliments and much praise. I've also been told that it looks great on a dealer's table at a convention. Cool! When cover at is concerned, that is the general idea - catch the eye!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Desperate Customers? Ha, Ha, ha!

I was once told this in regard to my art:

"...if your drawings are the best the e-book and zine world have to offer, I weep for them. The same goes for the zines that are desperate enough to buy your drawings."

Well, if the editors of zines that publish my cover artworks and illustrations are desperate, those customers who purchase print-on-demand merchandise featuring my artworks and designs must also be pretty damned desperate. Funny thing is, with all the stuff I've sold internationally, there must be quite a few desperate customers all over the world! (I sell merchandise featuring my artworks and designs internationally through several PoD stores, and I do so fairly regularly.)

Any wonder why I don't pay much heed to what my critics have to say about my art? They're so silly, it makes me laugh. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Anyway, every so often, I'm reminded that there are certain people in the SF&F world, whether they be SF&F writers, or fans and/or friends of SF&F writers, or just fans of SF&F in general, who seem to derive great pleasure out of tearing others down. It's rather pathetic.