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There's a publishing house in Spain that is rumoured to be unscrupulous in its methods. I have found by chance the cover of a book of theirs and I am almost certain that it is a copyright infringement of an illustration of some well-known illustrator, but I do not know who.

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I'm almost sure it's copyright infringement, because at first glance you can see a technically good painting that contrasts with a series of additional details of very rough quality. If you buy the rights of a profesional fantastic illustrator you don't usually spoil his work with shoddy homemade additions.

Can you help me identify the picture with the dragon?

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    Is there any suggestion that this was plagiarised? Or is this merely your supposition? – Edlothiad Feb 19 '18 at 11:51
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    That font though.. – sudhanva Feb 19 '18 at 12:04
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    plagiarism the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. Is there anywhere someone claims this is their own work? Do you instead mean copyright infringement? – OrangeDog Feb 19 '18 at 13:15
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    @Harper I never had any relation with that publishing house. I can prove it if necessary. I have a university background in law, although I am a civil servant and not a practicing lawyer and, of course, the laws in my country may be different from those in the US or Great Britain. According to the laws of my country, where I am writing this, a series of educated public quesses about business facts (not honor, not sex, not family, not murder) that are easy to prove (or deny) do not constitute libel. – Ginasius Feb 19 '18 at 18:48
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The user "88grzes" on Deviant Art claims to be original artist of the image and as posted it here calling it "Baptism of Fire". Along with the image they also have the following description.

Thanks for all comments in other works, I try to reply everyone but it take a lot of time ;/ (and all new interface stuff ;p)
Anyway finally I found some while to end this piece. I hope you like it! :)

This suggests it is their image and the one they include has a copyright watermark on it. However, I have seen the image without this watermark (though this could have been edited out) so it's not 100% conclusive.

This is the full size original image too.

Baptism of Fire

However, I have seen the image in lots of free wallpaper galleries and other sites also claim the image is free use so who knows.

As @Federico comments below this is also the first result for the image when you search for it on TinEye suggesting it is the original.

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    Plagiarism has nothing to do with law, nor whether something is "free use" or not. – OrangeDog Feb 19 '18 at 13:16
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    @OrangeDog I repeat I am not a lawyer, I have not studied law, I know next to nothing about law. I essentially posted what appears to be the correct source and then some additional comments about why it may or may not be plagiarism/copyright infringement. If you think I may have muddied the waters between the two things feel free to edit it to be more correct. – TheLethalCarrot Feb 19 '18 at 13:18
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    It's got nothing to do with law. Plagiarism is not a legal issue. Your answer looks like it's actually about copyright infringement (in which case it doesn't answer the question). If it is actually about plagiarism then it is completely wrong. – OrangeDog Feb 19 '18 at 13:26
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    @OrangeDog Like I said you appear to know more about the law/plagiarism than I do. As you feel strongly about this, and I don't know enough, it seems like it would be best for you to make an edit to clear things up. – TheLethalCarrot Feb 19 '18 at 13:29
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    TinEye suggests that the DeviantArt image is the original, if we are to believe that the first one to be posted is the original. tineye.com/search/dffd6fa3cd606971400849dfdafea429038b9333/… – Federico Feb 19 '18 at 15:50

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