Yes, please do.
However, just since we are talking about this subject, I would say please don’t intervene on my behalf. Things can quickly get out of hand if others besides myself go after an “art thief”. I have a process of dealing with it, and would prefer if only myself approached those who heavily copy/steal my work.
It sucks. But as long as you have dated work and others to vouch for you then you have proof that you are in the right.
Flat out— art theft is never cool.
It still makes me angry, but I am a natural hot head and let myself cool down for a day before sending them an email. I normally bring up if they noticed how much their work looks like mine (instead of just accusing them), as it can be a sensitive thing to navigate.
As you said, even when you are very polite, people can often react harshly. They are scared, they’re upset they’ve been found out, and they don’t want negative attention about their work being a rip off—so often people will deny it, or say they were “inspired” by the work (even if it is a total copy).
So, when dealing with rip offs personally I normally go with the less skilled the reproduction the less I ask of them—if it is a badly drawn sketch of something I’m not going to go postal and bombard them with demands. I normally ask no matter what it is that they take it down and do not use my work to copy (or use as inspiration) again. If they are resistant to that, block me, ect.—I normally take on a bit more of a complicated system to get them to cease and desist.
Ultimately if all else fails—and the copied work is on a social media site—I report it to said social media site admin and get it removed.
I contact them, and depending on if they are profiting off of the theft or not I handle the situation differently.
I never let it slide.
You can buy my work here! I sell prints and iPhone/Samsung Galaxy cases there, and plan on putting more work up soon.
Not really, they can freak me out a little, but I only listen to them during the day when I am working at my coding/design job. I can see why it might be a bit more scary when you are working a night driving shift though!