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Updated: Scholastic Art Award Art Theft

Journal Entry: Sat May 1, 2010, 7:50 PM




Updated at www.yuumei.deviantart.com/jour…

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I just received an e-mail from Virginia McEnerney, the executive Director of Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. She stated that all of Kasey Bowman's awards have been revoked. She also said that they never gave her the $10,000 scholarship or any monetary prizes (unlike what everyone has been telling me so I'm rather confused on the matter; perhaps there was some sort of misunderstanding?). Her plagiarized piece has been removed from the site and the award will be given to someone else.

McEnerney said that Kasey Bowman "acknowledged that she has made a mistake". I have yet to receive any personal or public apology from Bowman herself so it's not all over yet but at least Scholastic has finally acknowledged the plagiarism issue after almost a month (I first contacted them on April 6th).

Thank you all for helping me with the issue. I am very grateful for all the support and information people have gathered about Scholastic. However, please remember that while what Kasey Bowman did was shameful, please express your opinions about her in a civil manner. Please do not flame her with threats or cyber bully her.

Thank you all again for everything! :hug: I will keep you guys updated :)




Original Post:

I haven't been active on dA for a while because I've been busy with finals but now that it's over, I come back to see that my drawing "Selfish" has been plagiarized and won 2 gold awards at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Competition www.artandwriting.org

You can see the plagiarized drawing at www.artandwriting.org/ORGGalle… but you have to go to "FILTER", then click on "Art", then "Painting". The thief in question is Kasey Bowman who copied my drawing Selfish by yuumei and renamed it "Stolen Wings". Is it just me or is this oh so ironic? She even copied the poem word for word...

Here's a screen capture:



There's even an article about her  www.democratherald.com/news/lo… and all the awards she won and how she got to go to New York for it.
And in another article, she comments on "her" work, and how it was inspired by a poem. Yeah, because reading my poem inspired her to draw something that looks almost exactly like the drawing? What are the chances of that?
www.democratherald.com/news/lo…
And she will be awarded by her school www.albany.k12.or.us/district/…

If she plagiarized my work, maybe her other winning painting "If Wolves Could Fly" might be plagiarized as well. I do not recognize it myself but perhaps you guys have seen it somewhere else? bloximages.chicago2.vip.townne…

Sad thing is, that's not the real problem...

I actually found out about this art theft on April 6th and e-mailed the Scholastic people at info@artandwriting.org about the issue with all the info required on the the "COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM NOTICE AND PROCEDURE", but I did not receive a reply. I was too busy with studying and research essays to look into why, but now I do know and it's really pissing me off. If you check their current Terms of Service page www.artandwriting.org/terms , you'll see they've changed the copyright infringement procedure to "do not send such notice to our e-mail address", instead we must mail to the address or fax them (without providing a fax #). There's a statement saying they can change the procedure anytime they want without prior announcement.

I will be writing a mail to them...ONCE THEY PUT UP A PROPER ADDRESS TO MAIL TO!
This is exactly what they have on the site:

"Legal Department
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.
557 Broadway – Room ______
New York, NY 10012

Or send us your written communication by facsimile to:  [FAX Number]"

Room??? So we're not suppose to e-mail, there's no fax # (just the words "FAX Number")and the address is incomplete?

Why am I so angry? Let's see, the Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is the leading organization in helping young artists getting noticed, yet they take copyright infringement issues so lightly. I know for a fact that the person who informed me about art theft also contacted the the Scholastic people; she told me that even her AP art teacher and fellow classmates wrote to them about the unfairness of the competition. Yet we were all ignored because the plagiarized drawing is still on their site and people are still noting me about the issue.

Is this how young artists should be seen? Winning a contest held by people who are so irresponsible that anyone can cheat their way to the top? Even Myspace has a better copyright protection program; at least when I e-mail them about it, I get a reply within a few days, and they don't randomly change the procedures to make it my fault for not sending in the complaint properly.

I would really appreciate it if you guys could e-mail them at info@artandwriting.org or a&wGeneralInfo@scholastic.com and tell them how you disapprove of their poor copyright protection procedure. Though seeing as how they like to ignore e-mails, I'm not sure if it'll work but I want to try. I really don't want any future contestants to loose to an art thief and be ignored.

*sigh* I just needed to rant this out. I'll be sorting through all the notes and e-mail in the next fews days and hopefully put up some new drawings as well. Chapter 2 of Knite will be out within a month, and since I'll be on break, I can finish a new chapter every month. Thanks for being so patient with me, guys :hug:

New Update:

Thanks for all the support and help!!! :hug:

I've e-mailed Kasey Bowman's art teacher and I'll hopefully get a reply on Monday. Since all the helpful people on dA found other contact info for me, I'm also  planning to mail/call/fax the Scholastic people on Monday as well. I'll keep you guys updated on what happens by then! :D

Thanks again for the overwhelming amount of help :hug: :love: :heart:



This lovely person :iconsouthern00belle: made me a fanclub :iconyuumei-fanclub: :D I feel so flattered, Thank you!!! :heart:

There's a group now! :D :iconyuumei-fan-base: made by :icondeathmonkeys: Thank you so much!

You guys flatter me too much XD
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:iconpdgzandrdbzluver:
PDGZandRDBZluver Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I really was thinking of doing the contest as a senior project thing...aw, might not. But this inspires meto as well. I can draw MUCH better then someone copying, and I honestly think I less of her. I can see if she was inspired by you, tthat's better then directly copying.
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:iconrliadelusion:
Rliadelusion Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NO. COPYCATS SHALL FALLLLL!!!!
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:iconsuperkawaiimochi:
SuperKawaiiMochi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Arggh! Art thieves suck! Glad that it's been taken care of!
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:iconmarquis-decarabia:
marquis-decarabia Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Late lurker is late. And then I found this: [link]

But I'm still late, in terms of real time, and even more in internet time.
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elmomiller Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i cant belive she did that! i mean an artist puts their soul into their work and eventually it is your soul......i would be mad if someone CLAIMED MYY SOUL WAS THEIRS!
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ShutUp0007 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I totally agree. As a fellow artist, they should understand.
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:iconseaoffireflies:
SeaOfFireflies Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I read an article about plagiarism on this case and had no idea that YOU were involved, yummei! I'm so sorry this happened, and I'm glad it's resolved. Your work is amazing. :heart: It scares me that this happened to an artist that I know. Now I'm writing a paper on plagiarism and scaring myself! XD
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:iconangeliiy:
angeliIy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011   Artist
XD I just realized. They should've given the prizes to you!
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:iconbarzona:
Barzona Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's sad what passes for great art these days. Ohhh a girl with wings.. and blood. How original! You both rock..
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:iconmr-pugly:
Mr-Pugly Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Artist
belive it or not it really has a deep meaning and represents humanity's selfeshness. Just sayin'
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:iconbarzona:
Barzona Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yes..and they all have the same "deep meaning", too. haha
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:iconmr-pugly:
Mr-Pugly Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Artist
I highly doubt the others do...
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:iconbarzona:
Barzona Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Don't be so naive, then.
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:icontrnal:
Trnal Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010   General Artist
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:icondjandmanaphy:
DJandManaphy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
An art thief deserves to go to jail. She isn't just stealing art. She is taking little bits of an artist's soul. I don't think the best doctors in the world could explain why someone would be so cruel.

She is not wanted here. Her thievery will NOT get her anywhere except in a courtroom. Copyright infringement is illegal. She is a criminal. A thief. She is a fugitive. Does that make her happy? I hope so, because she will never shake that title.

My distaste for her can be described in no other way than I loathe her existence and wish she'd leave this earth. Make room for someone who'll be respectful and kind.
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:iconelecxra:
elecxra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, Yuumei did enter a contest and win $1,000 dollars for an idea that was stolen. "Her" work "Countdown" was taken off of this piece: [link]

So, does Yuumei deserve to go to jail?
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:iconkeitone:
keitone Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She didn't steal it!! They simply had the same idea! The timeclock idea is honestly a universal theme... One side fills up one while the other turns empty... 
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:iconelecxra:
elecxra Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hardly. Yuumei's traced things from people in the past, so it really is possible she just copied it.
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:icondjandmanaphy:
DJandManaphy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
I think she should it's pretty much stealing.
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:icontumiir:
Tumiir Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I think that that wouldnt happen xD but wow, really yuumei?
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:iconelecxra:
elecxra Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I believe she should have never entered that contest.
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XtremeOverdrive Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist
well I am glad it got resolved. Just imagine, If yuo had entered this contest. You would have won XD
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:iconmadam-du-batty:
Madam-du-batty Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
oh god i just read this, i am so glad this got sorted out art theft really gets me annoyed. it sounds like a nightmare, especially when scholastic made it so difficult for you to prove your claim. grrrr dumb idiots.
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:iconzarsthor:
Zarsthor Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Oddly I do recognize that flying wolf painting. It looks like an artist's work from devon, UK. They do amazing t-shirts of their work. I'll have a look to see if it's an exactly replica of one of her works.
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:iconlexicon94:
LexiCon94 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh! That just sucks... I really love your art but I would NEVER plagiarize it for my own benefit!
People like that make me frustrated... it's the reason my cousin closed her account. :(
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:iconvaan-midlad:
Vaan-Midlad Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
I'm really glad you were able to solve that! Why don't you ask 4 the 10000 bucks!? XD XD
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mostwanted303 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
its so sad that ppl like her think they can succeed in life by lying all the time and just think, someone who did work themself could have won that award): ppl like that disappoint me and it reminds me that there are ppl all over like that. But on the bright side the problem is solved(: If somebody liked your art that much though they should look up to you and try to be that good THEMSELF! anyway have a good day!
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:iconkokopuffchan:
KokoPuffChan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   Writer
it's terribly ironic she stole that particular piece.
i'm glad this is resolved.
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:iconnai-yo:
nai-yo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Good luck, take her down hard, most universities and colleges wont accept students with such obvious violations....shit take her to court if you can >: (
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:iconlozlip:
LozLip Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Glad this isssue has been at least partially solved!! Only just saw your original artwork and love it :)
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:iconrocketto-chan:
Rocketto-chan Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I've seen someone stole art and tried to sell them here. But stealing art, sending it to an art organization and winning two medals plus going to NYC? That is just selfish. But I'm glad the problem has been resolved :)

I'm also happy that the thief's rewards have been revoked.
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:iconrocketto-chan:
Rocketto-chan Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I've seen someone stole art and tried to sell them here. But stealing art, sending it to an art organization and winning two medals plus going to NYC? That is just selfish. But I'm glad the problem has been resolved :)

I'm also happy that the thief's rewards have been revoked.
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:iconartemis-soleil:
Artemis-Soleil Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so happy that things have been resolved! Yaaaay!!
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:iconkyrashangea:
KyraShangea Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, that girl is just completely stupid... If she didn't steal that other piece of artwork, she's not bad. Why on Earth would she risk everything?
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:iconlilimitzuki:
lilimitzuki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
maybe she thought that no one would notice the theft.The judges didn't know that the paintings were stolen.
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:iconkyrashangea:
KyraShangea Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's still sad. ):
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:iconprinsessetonje:
PrinsesseTonje Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
A somewhat happy ending. nu n
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:iconteen-artlover:
teen-artlover Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Student General Artist
i know you don't know me, but i must say this girl's actions were absolutely pathetic. stealing your work and then LYING about it? i can't believe some people think they can take the easy route and think they'll be safe in the process, especially on something as huge as this.
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garfield10125 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I let this girl in my math class look at my sketch book in class (i'm always ahead of everyone). when I looked at her awhile later, I saw she had written her name on all my drawings I hadn't already signed. and in world studies, we were working on China (this only happened a couple days ago). my group (me, callie, sam, lawrence, brandon, and alaynis) were doing education. I wrote everything we used to give to our teacher. after she read it out loud to the class (she read every groups) alaynis said "did I do a good job writing it?" she said, yes, you did. brandon said he helped her. yeah, copy my work.
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SandRabbit Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
OMG! I just HATE art theifs! and the ironic part is that she won an AWARD for it?!


at least you solved the problem...
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:iconkuriqa:
kuriqa Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
wow... all i have to say is wow... yeah your art is really really amazing, but to completely copy it? that's just sooooo lame, that person's art must be absolutely no good if they have to copy someone else. rather than copy someone else's(or yours in this case) it should inspire a person to improve, to become as good as or better than the artist whose art you admire most!
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Jelly-Flava Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and I just saw on the website's page, they updated the mailing address and faxing number. (its down at the bottom) [link]
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:iconjelly-flava:
Jelly-Flava Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude. That is so f-ing lame. Can I slap that person? I mean, to go so far as to completely copy your work for some competition? And then have the company be all stupid about it? That's just low. Really low. Shame on them.

...
Hey, I'll try to do anything I can to help you, okay?
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:iconhetje:
hetje Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really hate it when people steal others art or copy it and says that it's them creation, I thin k you can learn from other artist but at least say it that it's inspired by them....
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Aekix3 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
:oo.
thats awful.
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juurineko Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
I give you a hug! T^T To think that your work that is admired so much is being treated so poorly must hurt, but please do not think of "Selfish" with any negative thoughts. It really is a beautiful and thoghtful work and it would be a shame if you could no longer look upon it with pride. I know that a lot of us do as it is.
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:iconhonest2481:
Honest2481 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
stolen wings, how appropriate (maybe ironic) of her to steal that one. Stole someone else's wings and flew to the top!
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:icongary-q:
Gary-Q Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=o whoa, I hope nothing like that ever happens again, to anyone ;]
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RoninFox Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Bahahah. The only reason she's apologizing is because she got caught. She used that stolen piece sometime in 2009 to win a $75 prize, which I certainly haven't seen her relinquish. Link is here: [link]
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:icongunnergurl:
GunnerGurl Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You almost have to laugh at the girl.. Her poor decisions have gotten her name black-listed before she has even entered the professional world of art. Mwa mwhaa. :la:

Glad you are able to get things resolved finally. And glad that :icondontkillchic: found that link. It definitely helped clear things up, and the link to the stolen image is still there for those who want to see.
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