I have been finding my exact shirt stolen on many sites but especially Amazon. I have been reporting several a week lately for direct copyright violation. I spend a lot of time fully painting and illustrating my designs and it bothers me that people copy them off Amazon and then try and resell them.
Yesterday I got an email from someone saying that they are "innocent" and that they are sorry they stole from me and didn't know it was wrong. They TOLD me, not asked, to contact Amazon and withdraw my copyright complaint.
I looked up their email address on Google, they appear to be in Algeria..... I thought Merch accounts were mostly USA.
My question is, what happens when these thieves, who now have my information due to my filing a copyright claim, try to retaliate? Does it happen that they might try and harm me or my business? (I am not worried physically, I am worried they could try and mess with me online through false reports and things) If they are not even honest about their country of origin, or about stealing my work, what is to stop them from being dishonest in other ways?
It bothers me that I put many many hours into an illustration (plus all the money for the tablet, photoshop, art school..etc) and someone can just steal it from me and re-post it. I can claim copyright but then THEY get MY information. These people are obviously already breaking rules and laws and now they get my info....
Anyone have any experience in this?