On Thursday 5th March 2011, I received a letter from the lawyers representing Lions Gate who make Mad Men:
They have told me to stop selling my caricatures of Don Draper, Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson. If I carry on I will be threatened with legal action. Also I have been asked to take all my Mad Men images off the internet.
When Dyna Moe (who, granted, seems to be friends with Mad Men actor Rich Sommer) created non-licensed Mad Men fan art and posted it online, she got a book deal.
When Stanley Chow does it, he gets bullied by lawyers.
I wonder if there’s a way to see the offending images.
UPDATE: Dyna Moe writes in to clarify:
3 years ago I got the same treatment he did and had to negotiate with them for months to keep my art online for free and online but lost the ability to control it, sell it, or offer downloads in the process.
I understand why the studio would not want these creators to sell the works, but where is the logic in telling them they can’t even display the art online?