Little Chimp’s disaster in Hong Kong

April 24, 2008

The illustration website Little Chimp Society reported last week that a Hong Kong company has plundered its artwork and published the images and a number of artist interviews conducted by Darren DeLito in a $100 book without permission.

DeLito, on his personal blog, notes,
'Colorful Illustrations 93°C' - Do Not Buy This Book!

The book is available online and in book stores and every image in it has been stolen from my community website and the websites of the illustrators featured – with the interviews being the backbone of the publication. Before anyone asks – the internet is publicly accessible not public domain, copyright still applies.

“The worrying thing is all images are included on a CD in the back. This seems to give the impression that all the featured images are clip-art or copyright free which is certainly not the case.” – Jonathan Edwards

The images’ file-names on the CD have not even been renamed in any way, so you can see exactly where they were taken from. The interviews are word for word with all the typos and switching between English and American grammar. Also according to the Book the interviews were produced by the Art Director Bernadette J with no reference to the LCS.

DeLito has posted a gallery at Apefluff showing the extent of the alleged plagiarism, and it appears to be a disaster. He also has updated (1, 2) the situation a couple of times in his quest for information: “If we find the source, then we have someone to sue.”

A tip of the hat on this to artist Mark Kauffman, from whom I lifted the above image, and who has also noted, “I know I no longer snicker when large multi nationals like Microsoft or Time Warner bitch about piracy.”



  1. This is why we need the death penalty.

    –oh, i’m sorry– did i say that out loud?

  2. To the other, the episode also provides a testament to the power of the internet. I searched colorful illustration 93 via Google and came up with a result dominated by weblogs that beat me to the punch in denouncing the plagiarism. Click here if it really matters. (Actually, I went to the trouble of capturing and uploading the image only to find out it doesn’t work as well when I’m trying to tag images into the comments, so … yeah. Life goes on. Call it a lesson learned.)

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