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Black Artist Has Her Work Sold By Walmart Without Her Permission

Artist Jeresneyka Rose said she was shocked and confused when she received messages on her social media accounts congratulating her on getting her artwork sold in Walmart.

“People were tagging me on social media to congratulate me on a collaboration that I had no idea about,” Rose, of Colorado, tells Yahoo Life. “I would have never known had it not been for social media.”

Apparently, the multinational retail corporation decided to use Rose’s artwork without getting her permission or even contacting her.

The 29-year-old artist and owner of Art By Rizzo says Walmart saw fit to take a digital painting she created of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle and sell it in their stores. The multibillion dollar corporation is making money off of allegedly stolen art and didn’t even take the time to remove the “Art By Rizzo” watermark from the image.

According to Yahoo News, Rose is seeking legal counsel.

“I’m not well-versed when it comes to things like that, but there’s so many other artists out there that this happens to and they never find out — they never get their due diligence, so I just would like to see what the process looks like. I just know right is right and wrong is wrong — and this is wrong,” she told Yahoo News.

Walmart isn’t the first large corporation to steal from independent artists. Other retailers, including TargetWinnersRainbowFashion Nova and Zara have similarly been accused of copying designs from artists and selling them for profit without the artists permission.

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2 comments

Al G. Medhin March 15, 2021 at 5:27 pm

Nobody has the right to print your art works with out your permission!
It’s a violation of copyright law. You can sue the wallmart or any company and get a your compensation!
There’s a lot of lawyers who can take this kind of case if you have a tangible evidence!

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Victor Trim March 17, 2021 at 3:01 am

I have tangible evidence of a master tape that I created of a very popular recording that has been verified by regestered expert witnesses as being the original master recording but lawyers seem unwilling to sue big labels for copyright theft for the little man of color, even though my evidence is slam dunk. Go figure?

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