Questions of copyright is a monthly feature in which we share some of our questions and concerns about how and where cartoons from Cartoon Movement are used without our permission.
In this edition we highlight two websites that are something of a mystery to us.
The first is one is the recently launched (we think) mjcob.com, which defines itself as an ‘art community’, has been reposting almost all of our cartoons, as soon as the are posted in our newsroom. We tried to contact them, but they do not have contact information on their website.
The second one is toonsonline.com, which has been around longer. This is another cartoon aggregator site, posting many cartoons from around the world. We have contacted them several times, but never received a reply.
Both websites do credit the artists whose work they post, but neither of them asks artists for their permission, nor do they link back to Cartoon Movement, which seems to be a big provider of content for the two websites. The purpose of these websites is rather mystifying; there seems to be no revenue model or general mission. If anyone reading this has more information on the purpose of these website or who is behind them, we’d like to hear from you.