I read a great article today from an awesome designers resource – Creativebloq.com
The article addresses the issue of designer’s and illustrator’s work being stolen and claimed by another or slightly altered and then reproduced for personal gain.

Check it out here:
http://www.creativebloq.com/computer-arts/how-protect-your-designs-copyright-thieves-7147491

 

I was also able to find another great article by blogger and Art Consultant, Laura C George,  that offers some ideas for how you might avoid or prevent having your work stolen.
Definitely a great page to bookmark for referring back to when you need it.

Check it out here:
http://www.lauracgeorge.com/copyright-and-your-art-on-the-internet/