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For once, it's helpful that Mickey Mouse is ludicrously still protected by copyright.

Apparently, automated systems are scanning Twitter and creating copyright-infringing commercial products based on what they find. So, when an artist posts an image and someone replies “I want this on a shirt”, the bots make that so. A few (no doubt low-quality) shirts get sold, but the original artist is cut out of the loop.

After discovering these bizarre tip-offs, artists are weaponizing Disney and other huge corporations to fight back.