Hot Topic is known amongst artist groups as one of the worst offenders of art theft in U.S. retailers. I know artists are important to What Pumpkin, and I’d imagine multiple cases of art theft would be a very big deal. The most well-known of the cases were stolen fan art from independent artists, which is the same demographic the Design Contest was aimed to. I’m an artist myself and I wouldn’t want to support a store that steals from my peers.
The people running Hot Topic have zero respect to artists and to copyright law. They’ve been ripping-off independent artists’ storefronts, and continue do so. The whole company really should have been shut down long ago.
If you support artists, independent, fan artist, or any kind, you should oppose Hot Topic and MSPA’s association with them!
Tell What Pumpkin to kick Hot Topic out of the Design contest RIGHT NOW.
We have so little time left to stop this please tell them that it is completely unacceptable to do any sort of business with petty art thieves.
Even if you don’t know what to say, or if you think it would compromise the contestants; It won’t. Just please voice your thoughts in anyway you can put them. Don’t let Hot Topic get a dime out of Homestuck.
This is false. I have a worked at hot topic and as well been a fan of them for many years. And none of those t-shirts or products have been sold at the site or in stores. We do not steal other peoples art. IN FACT we rarely even hold any contests. That Pierce the Veil shirt? That is not in our department nor have never seen that shirt in the pierce the veil either. If it was an actual shirt from the Pierce the Veil line we would have put it out.
Hot Topic only sells t-shirts and products that are popular bands and popular novelty ONLY. Hot Topic doesn’t sell anything Homestuck related. I am a homestuck fan as well and we never sold anything related to homestuck. Not even on the site. If we did, it would be in the novelty section and as well sure credited for it.
That is not even the correct site to go on either. It’s simply Hottopic.com.
These sources aren’t very reliable either. Disney products we only have been recently selling them, but there was no bows or anything, just t-shirts of popular scenes.
Please do not disrespect my store when you have actual evidence, thank you.
Those Disney bows do exist. I worked at Hottopc recently. (I lost my job there last month due to our mall pretty much forcing us and other stores out.) We got them in around holiday last year. There is also a Snow white one and a couple Toy Story ones if I remember correctly. I don’t know if Hottopic designed them, but they are licensed by Disney. I can’t find them on the site, so I assume they are out of stock now, but some stores may still have some.
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t HT resell stuff from other brands? (Like most stores do.) For example I know HT sells a lot of Welovefine stuff. I know they have their own Hottopic brand stuff and if they steal art for that stuff it’s not cool, but what if it’s a different brand? Wouldn’t you blame the brand that did it? (Seriously, someone correct me if I am wrong.)