Here is a weird story that I have been drawn into. I received an email out of the blue from a Borja Barbeito Arias about a “Legal Issue” involving Francesco Mattina copying the work of Lee JeeHyung. The email is below. It had a Facebook link for a post JeeHyung did showing off the following images.
Now mind you, I do not have anything to do with the drawing of the cover, the commissioning of the art work, the publication of the book, or the sale of the book, but I got this email:
The email link takes you to Lee JeeHyung’s Facebook site, which had this to say:
The pictures listed showed a story we did a while back that featured the Francesco Mattina Exclusive for Venom #150 for Orlando Megacon
Lee JeeHyung shows a picture that he did in 2015 of Mary Jane in this pose.
Which he claims was the basis for the Venom #150 Mattina variant, which he reversed and lined up in a similar pose.
Needless to say, we posted the image as part of DMCA Fair Use, as the Fanexpo store was sponsoring a giveaway and we had the reveal for the covers.
Again, Marvel published the book, Mattina drew the cover, FanExpo sold the books, all we did was show off the cover, which I believe is fully covered under the DMCA.
Needless to say, if the artist believes that we are in violation of the DMCA, please feel free to send us a take down notice, you can contact us via the contact tab above or via the email address shown of the email printed above.