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Art theft in Steam / Counter-Strike

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 8, 2014, 7:29 AM
UPDATE: SIC (the other half of this collaborative gun skin design) has contacted me, saying that he was unaware that this canine piece was copyrighted to me. I don't blame him for this unfortunate event. We're currently working on to solve this, in the best case the Howl items on Steam will not be removed.


A rifle with the stolen image:





Stickers:

Name of Image

Name of Image

Name of Image

Original artwork by me:

Aggression by CanisAlbus

Looking familiar?
Someone has stolen one of my artworks to make a custom skin for a gun in a game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The name of the weapon is CS:GO M4A4 Howling Dawn.

M4A4 Howling Dawn rifle on Steam Workshop
Howling Dawn stickers on Steam Workshop


I'm just letting you know that I did design this piece, but I didn't upload the items to the stream marketplace and the spineless worm who submitted it didn't have my permission to do so. However, I have reported both copyright infringements and I'm hoping that the items will be removed soon, solving the case.

Great way to ruin my day, thank you for that.



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:iconmoruksss:
moruksss Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
hey dude i found  this in the steam workshop for left4dead2  steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles…
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:iconsquiggyz:
SquiggyZ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
why are you so fucking stupid
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for the heads up, but this one isn't copied from my drawing, so I have no problem with it.
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:icondr-scaphandre:
Dr-Scaphandre Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
So 3 years after this whole incident, you think you'd be open to design some skins yourself? You're very talented and Valve pays good money for people to make skins.
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:iconpewee9:
Pewee9 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
But its still out there ranked as contraband instead of Covert so its more profit for the players who has the Howl Today so it was actully stupid of the art owner to take it down cause now people earn thousands of dollars from the skin cause there are just a few howl skins in the world after it stopped getting produced just saying and i know this is very late to say :P
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:iconlz-montage:
Lz-Montage Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
Might wanna take this one down as well... Not even sure how it ended up  on the market after what happened before.
steamcommunity.com/market/list…
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:iconsquiggyz:
SquiggyZ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
god you are stupid
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:iconpewee9:
Pewee9 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Its cause their still active but all the copyrighted skins got replaced to a diffrent type of it has a tiny diffrence but thats really cheap u should buy cause u will earn on sites way more money
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:iconrikneroamaranth:
RikNeroAmaranth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is the replacement one for the infringed community made one, those have been made by Valve
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks for the heads up, but this one isn't copied from my drawing, so I have no problem with it.
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:iconm0rtale:
M0rtale Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
steamcommunity.com/market/list…

another strike incoming?
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:iconsquiggyz:
SquiggyZ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
god damn youre dumb
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:iconotepralloma5:
otepralloma5 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
I honestly think this design is great (much better than the new one) and you should really do a CS:GO skin of this sometime, so you can earn from it. They can call it True Howl or something. :D
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:iconnextgenfashion:
NextGenfashion Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
On a side note.... really awesome picture xD I might end up following/watching you!
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:iconstuv101:
Stuv101 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You reacted a little to hard man. Did you try asking him if he could give you credit for the work? 

But what's in the past is done, was a good rifle. You should try making a skin yourself.
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:iconnextgenfashion:
NextGenfashion Featured By Owner Edited May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually... as someone who frequently makes cs:go skins... no CanisAlbus didn't "react to hard". As someone who makes skins I am completely and totally aware of all of the rules that come with making a skin. There is no excuse for any SELF PROCLAIMED artist to steal another persons work. If this had been a picture my girlfriend had taken or anything we have made together I would expect it to be taken down. Especially since they make money from it and they have to sign a legal agreement before they even submit the skin. Everything you need to know about making a skin and their submission is in the steam subscriber agreement that you have to sign before you are allowed to start making skins for CS:GO. If they didn't read it then they shouldn't of been making skins at all. If they did read it... well then they're just stupid.
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:iconwarowl:
WarOwl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
lolololol, the day i joined counterstrike I had added funds to buy howl. 6 Days later and it was taken down, next day my funds were fine. Wasn't even able to buy one. Thanks jack ass -_-
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:iconotepralloma5:
otepralloma5 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
It seems you don't know how copyright works. Whether or not you wanted to get Howl, he has the right to take it down. He isn't a jackass. He's keeping what's his.

Oh, and everyone knows you aren't the real WarOwl.
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:iconpruoman117:
pruoman117 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
That theft wasn't spine less he just like your work and the mouth and detail is a bit lacking but I see where your coming from if he said the work is my and not yours then yes that is a dick move but other then that it's fine the mouth is more boxy then your art the fur is less and of course less jaggy and also I
There's only one wolf not two and finally it's a fucking dog they look similar but to be honest you did do a damn fine job at making art
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:icondrougens:
Drougens Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
Thank you for reporting this, I had multiple copies of the gun in the game with your artwork on it and now they're worth a ton of money as It's no longer attainable and there's limited quantities floating around! :D 
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:icontherealrand01:
TheRealrand01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
thanks my gun is over 500 bucks now xoxo <3
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:iconthefantasticmustache:
TheFantasticMustache Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
if somebody put my artwork in counter strike i will be shitting my self of happiness
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:iconmesmerz:
MesmerZ Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Same. As of now, i have somebody's artwork on the top piece of the glock 18. Its a skin im working on, and i cant find the damn artist. Reverse image searching shows that the oldest version of the artwork is a deviantart post that the giy didnt even own. So idk if i can upload the skin, but at the same time i have yet to find anybody who has claimed it to be their own
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:icontoastydonuts:
ToastyDonuts Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Well if you come up with a million dollar invention or idea, please send me the info and let me steal it from you.
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:iconimnutz123:
imnutz123 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
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:iconarkspeed:
ARKspeed Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, Can you please create your own artwork for steamworkshop? You have amazing artworks :D
Looking forward to your work.
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:iconbrizfulgur:
BrizFulgur Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
m8 it is a fuckin wolf your lucky they can't speak or they would call copyright on you, its a general piece of artwork of a wolf and anyway that wasn't the final design that went through it got changed. jeez your just a fuckin drama queen aren't you
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:iconsquiggyz:
SquiggyZ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
god youre an idiot
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:icongrimm6jack:
Grimm6Jack Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
He didn't even tried ahahahahahah. "It originated from a picture of my dog".

:D
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:iconboxeresdanique:
boxeresdanique Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
But I do not understand all of this.
Like would've this been a problem if he would've actually called you out in that workshop description?
I mean in the end it's all promotion for you after all. Or were the designs used for an company and for that reason it was copyrighted?
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:icongustacz:
GustaCz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Artowork by Auzzii
Didn't even tried
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:iconhexag0ngd:
Hexag0nGD Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Good thing that he's VAC Banned steamcommunity.com/id/Auzzii
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:iconmesmerz:
MesmerZ Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Vac bans only work for valve games (counterstrike, half life, gmod, tf2, etc.) Hes vac bannee, but not from counterstrike global offensive. Its more than likely that he got banned from 1.6 or source, as itd be pointless to upload a skin from a csgo banned account, bc you wouldnt even be able to trade csgo skins or play cs go
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:iconmilkywaytoheaven:
MilkyWayToHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The VAC ban was over 3 years ago, way before this incident. He isn't VAC banned 
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:iconscarrxiii:
ScarrXIII Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
A VAC ban doesn't really mean anything, he's banned from going online in 1 game, probably MW2
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:iconopheniaplz:
Opheniaplz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
great art
shame it got stolen but now is good weapon on counter strike with alternate art no copyright
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:iconyoshisquadron:
YoshiSquadron Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you probably don't care by this point, but a second skin on Counter-Strike was just reported for copyright. You're not the only one who's had this happen to you, so I hope you didn't be too harsh on yourself... It was only a matter of time before it happened again to someone else.

prntscr.com/5f2p7i
steamcommunity.com/app/730/dis…
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, I'm aware of the Griffin scandal. A couple of days ago, the creator of the original image (DevBurmak) contacted me here on dA via a private note, showed me the links to their drawing and the copied M4A4 design and asked for help. I advised him to fill a DMCA notice.

It's saddening to see that this is happening all over again. I hope that the copyright infringing design gets removed from the game.
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:iconcgi22:
Cgi22 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Burmak could need help again. Darksilver has filled a counter notice and Burmak want to give up. Could you maybe encourage him to protect his work, because I dont want to play a game where you can earn money trough stealing.
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:iconarlekorkjas:
arlekorkjas Featured By Owner Edited Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now take a look at all the other designs:
1a) steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles…
1b) black-heart-spiral.deviantart.…

2a) steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles…
2b) stephankrosecz.deviantart.com/…

More: i.imgur.com/ja2LlAB.jpg

Im sure there are more by the same guy (DarkSilver)
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:iconyoshisquadron:
YoshiSquadron Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. It's really disheartening that people do this to others. I mean, they've put literally no effort into it, and they're pretty much taking the money you and DavBurmak deserved most. I'm sorry that you two of all people had this happen to you, you're both brilliant artists.
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:iconpersianarcher:
PersianArcher Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lol well atleast Justice was served. Skin was removed, and changed completely.
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:iconderavwolf:
Deravwolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Well, at the very least, Canis got a lot of publicity for this. Publicity is always good.
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:iconhumansergeant:
HumanSergeant Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
I know this is illegal for someone to steal your artwork for the M4A4 skin "Howling Dawn" in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. But your artwork looks really beautiful on the M4A4, i love it!! I miss that skin so much........after knowing that it was removed from Steam.
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:iconxpertfall:
Xpertfall Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Ah so your the creator of the design. Nice design, but fk that mfer for stealing it. 
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:iconavidge:
Avidge Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My question is why everyone feels the need to put their two sense into this, all everyone's really doing is repeating the same argument.
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:iconmilkywaytoheaven:
MilkyWayToHeaven Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, look at the little babies cry about how a virtual gun got removed from little game for legit legal reasons. If Canis wanted to, she could probably sue the "Creators" for what they've done and then some. Why do you think Vanilla Ice got sued by Queen for Ice ice baby? Because he sampled a Queen song illegally and pawned it off without due credit. He had it coming. So did these guys. 

This is why I play CS 1.6 and CS:source. People can just retexture weapons and import gun models without legal issues and without getting payed. It's private use, no one makes money off it, and people always give credit because that's what good normal people do. 
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:iconhellknightrob:
hellknightrob Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
huh, I didn't even notice Canisalbus was a girl until your post... Everybody has been calling her a him... Shame on you people.
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:iconmilkywaytoheaven:
MilkyWayToHeaven Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because most people don't care really, the majority of people who come here are for these reasons: to b*tch about a game, spew ignorance, or repeat the same argument and say "yeah, screw those guys!" - it's a shame no one can take 3 seconds out of their time to click her profile and see it in plain view that she's a SHE. It's kind of insulting really.
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:iconpersonguy1991:
PersonGuy1991 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
You are a huge asshole, just speak up and ask for a cut if you did the art. Dont get the fucking thing removed. And really? you just click report nothing more? Bullshit
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