A Singaporean comic artist has demanded a Vietnamese magazine to compensate her US$2,300 after she found several of her comic strips were printed in the magazine without her approval, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Evangeline Neo, often known as Evacomics, accused Muc Tim, a Vietnamese weekly magazine for teenagers, of stealing her work and refusing to admit it when questioned by her.
She was informed of the plagiarism on September 4 by a fan in Vietnam, who wanted to verify if she had given permission for Muc Tim to use her comic strips on several issues.
After she contacted the magazine, she was told it was just a technical error, as the magazine did not credit her on the comic strips on two issues. It apologized to her and then sent her US$50.
The author did not accept that it was just a technical error and said her artwork had been published on six issues, not just two.
She demanded that the magazine publish an official apology on a daily newspaper in seven days and compensate her $2,300.
Nguyen Khac Cuong, the editor-in-chief of Muc Tim, told Tuoi Tre the comic strips were sent to the magazine by a contributor, who is a student in Ho Chi Minh City.
The student admitted that the comic strips were stolen from Evacomics.
Cuong said Evacomics will be compensated, but only agreed to publish an official apology on his magazine.