Daniel Negreanu calls PokerPaint in Photographer Copyright Row

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Sep 28

Daniel Negreanu joined the calls to poker photographers must be credited and paid in a copyright row involving PokerPainting, with the self-proclaimed “works of art for gamers and big guys” company accused of stealing the work of others

Hayley hochstetter, head of the WSOP photo for the PokerNews outlet, was clearly not impressed with PokerPaint, having already refused them permission to use one of his photographs in stylized form.

“This account asked me for permission to use one of my photos in June,” Hochstetter revealed on Twitter. She added: “I politely declined and explained why. A month later, the same person texted me, after ignoring my earlier wishes, with an edited image that I told him he couldn’t. not create.

PokerPaint produced or reproduced images of Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, Matt Berkey, Dan Cates and Jason koon among others, their version of Koon currently on sale for $ 1500.

With PokerPaint launching the disputed artwork as NFT Collectibles on OpenSea recently it is a potentially extremely lucrative art market.

The person (s) behind PokerPaint – who would be a poker player Brett Butz – claimed they were doing nothing bad when the story broke on social media.

“I understand that many of you are upset that I saw a photo on social media and liked it enough to imitate it in a very different style,” the PokerPaint account posted. “No, I’m not against giving a% to photographers, it’s hard work. I also challenge you to at least try to draw a similar style before criticizing the project I have been working on tirelessly for 3 years. You can find my contact details on my site if you think your content has been stolen and will be happy to find a much more positive approach.

It didn’t make ice with Hochstetter, who replied:

“You can’t ‘see a photo on social media’, save it, filter it and sell it. You don’t imitate, you steal. As creators, we don’t have to have a percentage when it’s ours to start with. The fact that you have cut the WATERMARK UNDER COPYRIGHT. You know what you are doing.


Several poker players who had purchased or been the subject of the colored and filtered photographic content were extremely unhappy with how the work was produced.

KL Cleeton tweeted:

“I still love my piece, but, as a former video producer / content creator, I 100% want to see the photographers original images fully transformed. Hoping that everyone involved can work together to reach mutually beneficial agreements. ”

Josh burkhalter was also not impressed …

While some wondered if PokerPaint’s version of unassigned photographs and unpaid photographers was simply “derivative” Where “transformer”, Hochstetter did it very clear where it stands on the question.

“He knows what he’s doing. I told him no and he did it anyway. Some people say it’s a ‘gray area’ regarding copyright. No. He simply steals the work of other photographers without permission, illegally modifies it, and sells it for a profit.

Hochstetter’s colleagues in the world of poker photography have also spoken out against PokerPaint.

Joe giron told USPoker’s Sean Chaffin:

“No one from this company contacted me to license my copyrighted photographs for a fee or to request permission to create artwork or NFT. ”

Others, like Danny maxwell, tweeted their thoughts.

“Go ahead and create your own ‘art’, but what you do with these photos created by photographers is stealing and then you monetize them. No if / and / but about it.

Butz and PokerPaint were approached for comment on the allegations.

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