By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV


BOSTON (CBS) – The courtroom artist made famous by her DeflateGate renderings of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady now has to deal with people stealing her sketches.

Jane Rosenberg’s much-criticized drawings of Brady have developed a huge following – so much so, they are being reproduced on all sorts of items.

One of Rosenberg’s friends spotted a “Free Brady” T-shirt featuring her drawing for sale for $20, hanging in the front window of a store called EmbroidMe in Newton. Then Rosenberg started hunting around online.

Free Brady shirt featuring sketch by Jane Rosenberg (WBZ-TV)

Free Brady shirt featuring sketch by Jane Rosenberg (WBZ-TV)

“I found other websites, and other ones, lots of them,” she told WBZ Monday night. “And I was pretty shocked. You know, it’s a really serious thing when artwork gets stolen. You can’t just let people get away with that.”

Online retailers are peddling a range of items featuring her iconic sketch: T-shirt and skirts, along with phone cases, coffee mugs, hand bags, laptop skins, and more. It’s Rosenberg’s work, and she’s not getting a nickel.

Jane Rosenberg with her Tom Brady sketch. (Photo credit: Tony Aiello-CBS NewYork)

Jane Rosenberg with her Tom Brady sketch. (Photo credit: Tony Aiello-CBS NewYork)

“I didn’t even have a clue about those,” she said. “It’s kind of ridiculous.”

“Nobody contacted me to license these, so I’m having a lawyer send out a cease-and-desist tonight,” Rosenberg added, calling the theft of her art “not fair, not right.”

And while the digital age makes it easier to steal artwork – it also makes it easier to catch it. Rosenberg, it turns out, has eyes everywhere.

“I’ve gotten quite a few e-mails from strangers alerting me to the fact that my artwork was being used illegally,” she said.

WBZ called the Newton store selling T-shirts featuring Rosenberg’s sketch, but they were closed for the Labor Day holiday.

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