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Theft by avs3d Theft by avs3d
The last thing I'd want to do is spread unpleasant things about other users here since the catfight community on DA is a pleasant, mature and supportive one. However I thought it right to echo what CatfightKing mentioned in his earlier journal. Intellectual property theft is real and hurts content creators. I'm not interested in internet drama, what I'd like to gain from this is more knowledge on IP law and how to go about it when a case of infringement occurs.

(To be honest I'm not that bothered about this since I don't do art for a living and I'm too busy with other more pressing things - just imagine how severe it is for those who indeed depend on it for a living.)

To my disappointment, existing copyright laws don't quite favor creators (I had quite expected it to be that way actually). I had tried filing a DMCA report earlier, only to be told that my personal information must be disclosed in the report and also to the offender. For many content creators, anonymity is a vital part of their operations and they probably have to let the case slide because of this. There are copyright companies which file reports on the plaintiff's behalf but of course such a service involves a fee - in the case of this user who stole my stuff and deliberately hid my messages to him to link back to me, why would I waste money to protect something I am currently not selling?

Fellow artists: if you've had situations of theft and successfully sought redress - how did you go about it and what are the critical points evaluated that won you favor?

Moving on to more positive things, I'll be uploading my first commission pics :)
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CatfightKing Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man fuck this dude!!

Now people get to see my ugly side...
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avs3d Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
I've actually moved on since they rejected my report, got too many other things to be occupied with. But I put this up to lend support to your cause - I read on your early journal entries that this is your bread and butter, so I can perfectly emphathize if you're really angry, knowing that someone out there's stealing your hard work and ignoring your diplomatic requests at the same time. 
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CatfightKing Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and I've reported it to DA btw..
We'll see what hapens.
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suzukishinji Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing will happen. Unfortunately. It will be clever to watermark everything that you upload here, so you have a proof that you´re the copyright holder. Then you hand it to a lawyer and rip this asshole´s butt. Will cost him dear if he kept stealing. On the other hand, is it stealing when you post it for everyone to see  download here on DA? Not sure about it.

To hide the comments of AVSACatfight with the friendly reminder to credit and link the art shows what he really is, a thief that is using your art to shine in a bright light. The least he could do is crediting the original artist, so that he can get a chance to profit from it maybe. Would be a win-win situation in my eyes.

Best thing would be to watermark everything, so that he won´t use stuff or you get the traffic to your site this way.
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R-Mageddon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really, signs like "artistname.deviantart.com" should work fine for the most of situations
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suzukishinji Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, sounds good. This way you have this site involved.
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R-Mageddon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usualy people reposting images without any evil intent, just because they like it and want to share. In this case you will get a confirmation of authority and inactive but working link to the profile. 
Watermarks often broke an appearance of the art.
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suzukishinji Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is true. In said case the guy posts them on his website to make it more interesting, because he also sells stuff. So he uses the art to make sales. Not of the stolen art, but this art attracts people to his site. And he keeps on stealing and refuses to give credit, he even hides comments of artists on his DA site who politely ask to be credited.On his oown website all comments are reviewed, and those he doesn't like are rejected. You don't even get an answer.
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R-Mageddon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found a journal entry ob the CatfightKing's page. Definitely, it's not an accident of fair use (though I don't dramatize it...)
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