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This was stolen from my gallery and taken credit for by someone else.Beware. <da:thumb id="502480670">
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TCW001 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
I remember when a friend told me with great enthusiasm that he was glad to see a copy of my novel in a bookstore in a certain foreign country, and picked up a copy both so he could support my work as a writer, and to let me know how far around the world my books were being sold. I thanked him, but didn't mention that the book in question wasn't legally for sale in that country, so it was likely a pirate copy.

That said, I would like to "borrow" the photo of your unpainted Tomb of Dracula model, to post on a closed FB group that is currently running a "100 Days of Dracula" thread, identifying a different artist each day who has illustrated a Dracula-related story or series in the comics/graphic novel universe. As I'll be submitting images by some of the TOD comic artists, and your sculptural work certainly complements the theme, I think it would be a nice addition of related work. 
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
That's a drag, plagiarism and copyright infringement are rampant in the arts and enforcing international copyright violations is almost impossible. You're certainly welcome to use my tomb of Dracula statue in your group crediting my work. I appreciate the exposure and the consideration! I actually net Gene Colan at ANY comic Con before he passed and I sent him a copy of the statue, telling him how much his work influenced my own growing up. He was very gracious, such a cool guy. Still one of my favorite artists.
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TCW001 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Thanks! The Comic Book Historians is a closed group (too much spam and sniping otherwise), but I'll send you the link when the post is up. I'm on Day 5 of my 25 Days of Dracula, so it will be a few days yet.
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Scrap-Lord Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016
Is it wierd that I always react to this kind of post with apathetic shrug of shoulders and ocasionally thinking " Gee, I wish I had this kind of problems."
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DarkTailss Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh, I'm on that fence too. I don't really care, but sometimes it leads to problems like you getting associated with things you don't want. They use your work to make political propaganda, or disgusting novelty t-shirts, etc.
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Wikitt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
You tell 'em Capin'. Bravissimo, nicely said... I hate plagiarism, in any shape, form or fashion... Now if something inspires you to do your OWN thing, that is different, but cut and paste? No.
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TerraZin50 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We all must remember that this bullshit happens everyday. Some do this out of ignorance and others do it, because their thieves. That may sound harsh but it's the truth. I've had this happen to me and the funny thing is I'm not a professional artist and I'm not on this site or any other to make money off my art. I do it because I love it and I have fun with it. It's an ongoing battle to fight these creeps and my hat's off to everyone who stands up to them. When art is stolen from one, it's stolen from everyone. Be informed and always stand up for yourselves. Remember this always, that were not alone and united we stand. Peace to everyone and DA love to my friend Jean. Hang in there brother, we have your back. TZ
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CRUCASE Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Artist
He shut down his account, so at least he won't be stealing anymore.
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ChenilleRealm Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SMH x3. Damn Shame. Originality just don't count with some folks.
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skrawll Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
...according to wiki 'box art' is protected under copyright laws.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dem…

The wiki page reads. "This is the cover art for Demons to Diamonds. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to Atari."
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GreenZombieStudios Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
Wow, what a scumbag!
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The-GreenGoblin Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The guy is one person I never understand....

I'm sorry what happened.. some people don't care about who the Pictures/photos belongs :huggle:
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koneko-urusaki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I reported it.
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JSS13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
just had this same thing happen to me but to a slightly further degree, posted in my pictures. Good luck with everything.
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
It really sucks if someone rips you off AND makes money off the theft. Sadly, I see quite a bit of that.
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JSS13 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
me too man, we blasted them pretty publicly and im pretty sure they learned their lesson.
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Renamed by the thief to avoid comments.professoradagio.deviantart.com…
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samcote Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Just the fact that he say I own the image.. Nobody own anything if they didn't created from scratch
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Sinclairissa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
well done sir, take back what’s yours.  I can believe the nerve of this guy...
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
this kinda crap makes me soooooo freaking pissed! trust me, i see it a few times every week. i report the heck outta gallery's all the time.
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bliljerk101 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
:-/ IMHO, you should probably just chill out and let this one go. What he did is unquestionably wrong, but the reality of the internet is that people are going to steal your stuff. Getting mad over it just makes things worst for yourself…
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ranwolf1976 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
well in that case you wouldn't mind if your paycheck was given to someone else then
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bliljerk101 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Firstly, how old is that message? I must have written that last year sometime.

Secondly, you're taking this so far out of context that I'm not sure I should even be dignifying this with a response.

Thirdly, I don't have "paychecks" - I don't believe in cheques or the traditional banking system. You're making assumptions about someone over the internet who you've never met.

Fourthly, I've been robbed many, many times. This topic is something I can resonate with. My previous statement was derived from experience, is circumstantial, and I stand by it.

Fifthly, BLACKPLAGUE1348, himself, said he was over it.

I love how DeviantArt, all of the sudden, decides to take a community action against art theft. This has been happening since DA was created (before I joined some 8 years ago), yet now they decide to do something after everybody has since given up and evolved. It's just pathetic. Being out of touch with the community, and failing to deliver what's needed when needed, is a recurring theme for DA. DA will not succeed because of this. I hope they are acquired before they implode.
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I took action and I'm over it, but I'm not going to stand for this type of thing. I've seen too many people get royally screwed out of their work because they let it go with out comment. 
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Wikitt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
GO Capin', my Capin'!  I'm proud of  you!  ^_^
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ColoristChris Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I just took a quick look at his stuff. From what I can tell none of it is his original work. He may have changes some color saturation and hue on some of them, but he stole his whole gallery. 
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Lord-FurFur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, DA is one of those sites that only the copyright holder may remove the stolen art, no matter how much evidence you give the staff. They used to remove stuff when you linked the original, not anymore. And people who do renders are pathetic. It is a plague on this site.Its the equivalent of a kid cutting out an image with scissors just in Photoshop, and that makes it easier with the quick selection and magic wand tool. No effort what so ever. But in this case,I doubt he took a photo of the same figure and got the same lighting and shine as in Diamond's stock photo. If you overlay the 2 they will both match up. Only Diamond can have it removed sadly at this point.
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think some people really have no clue about what is theft and what isn't. I blame fanart as being the source that makes people think "if everyone else is doing it, it must be okay."

I've knew one fellow who did a fanart 3D rendered model of a Gatchaman vehicle (before I knew him and before I knew all of his work). Subsequently I did a 3D rendered model of the same vehicle. He got irate and demanded I take down my model of HIS artwork claiming I was stealing HIS 3D model. He claimed all I did was take his model and added rivets.

In actuality, I think he was clueless because while he did some parts of the model better than mine, he did other areas poorly, whereas I did those areas better.

CONTRARY to you, he was not commissioned by the Gatchman owners to render any models. My point is, he thought his art theft was more privy to copyright rights than my art theft. Subsequently, I took down every fanart piece I did with one or two certain exceptions. At least I can recognize that my fanart was art theft. The difference also being I didn't steal his 3D models but created my own 3D models based on the Gatchaman TV series same as he did.

Some people think as long they make an art piece in a different medium, that constitutes originality. What is sad/funny is while copyright law states this isn't so, there is legal precedent that supports that misuse. Most noteably Andy Warhol's Campbell soup litho's and his litho's of the pictures of Marilyn Monroe. In essence, Andy Warhol simply edited someone else's artwork.

I feel your anger. In principle, I KNOW you are right. Sadly, unless he stole one of your images of the model you made, I don't believe dA will lift a finger to help you. dA supports fanart. The only way they might go along with it is he doesn't exactly state his "render" is fanart in the category nor any tags. In essence, that is his claiming it's all original all his own work.
Then again, he DOES state that he took out the background... IDK :hmm:
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
It doesn't affect me personally as it was a professional commission I did for a large corporation.The biggest issue is that it was taken without permission or credit and initially he claimed it was a digital rendering, not a photo of my sculpt. My work on it and the company who produced it can  be found readily on the web. It just disgusts me that leeches like this will use others work who don't have a leg to stand on. 
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it obvious does affect you since you're angry and there is nothing wrong with that. Again, in principle, you're right!

To play devil's advocate, we are all leeches when we start out practicing in a new art medium. We copy other people's work until we develop a style of our own.

My problem is, I see both sides of the issue. :ashamed:

My only suggestion is this... I fly off the handle, a whole lot. Enough that I think sometimes people think me a raving lunatic. You're a great artist and that means you draw your source of inspiration from your passions. However, venting with epithets thrown casually around will create more bad press for yourself, than good. In other words, the people you would seek help from, would be more inclined to help with less epithets.

I'm not saying "don't say anything", just be more careful of the terms you use (you also don't know how old he is, and you might be brow beating an eleven year old kid. I'm NOT saying that's an excuse, but how would you like to hear your kid was verbally taken down by some adult?)
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Good points all of course, I'm done venting. I've taken action, and that's where I'll leave it. And it did cross my mind that it was just some kid...
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, HOPEFULLY it's a kid. 'Cause if it's an adult who is doing that... Facepalm 
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
He's completely changed the description. So partial win I guess. 
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A partial win is better than no win at all, so... YAY Winner 
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UniqueSn0wFlake Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
This should be a humbling experience for that idiot.
Makes you wonder why he'd do it in the first place.
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CRUCASE Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Here is the original sculpt: blackplague1348.deviantart.com…
 someone should report the art thief, hopefully someone will report this "professor adagio" guy to the people that run Deviant Art.
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, I doubt dA will do anything because, as blackplague pointed out, Diamond owns all rights to that image. Thus, Blackplague isn't the copyright owner. dA will probably want Diamond to state that Adagio has committed art theft and THEN they will take it down.

Hmm... Then again, if I recall copyright law correctly, if blackplague got permission to create models of (any) characters, then he is given his own copyright entitlement. For blackplague to get dA to go with this idea, he would have to state that the image stolen is his own.

Otherwise... :(
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I have, guess we'll see if they do anything.
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Winterous Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
It does appear to be the exact same photo, angle and everything; but the one on that page is much lower resolution; just curious about that is all.
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
He blatantly stole it from Diamond's own website:


www.diamondselecttoys.com/marv…
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Yes, disgusting. And he's arguing with me about it.
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Zaxmon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha some people
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JasmineCreates Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fucking art stealers. Oh well. But it's okay. You know it's yours so their bullshit doesn't even matter ^^
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BLACKPLAGUE1348 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Refeerring to my Carnage statue I designed and sculpted for Diamond Select.
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