Attention DA Followers/Watchers: There is a security leak and copyright infringement issue running rampant on DA. This is not a joke. I was affected.
I should have noticed the issue and took heed to it sooner. I started noticing a trend on here about October and on other forums and sites I run with. The issue is with bot spam and scams. Have you noticed how the quality of the forums have gone down? Its gotten worse since October. We are hit daily with ads and fake ID inquiries, illegal selling of data, and all manner of weird suspicious sales tactics. One person contacted me directly and gave me a story about how they could help me sell my art and I visited their page and they bragged about being a hacker, and a prison bird. It got reported.
Now a month-ish ago, in order to track down where all I've posted my art in threads to hide old art posts and protect thumbs, I find out I too fell victim to this security issue along with tons of other artists. When I reported this issue to DA and they did nothing I tried to take it to Google Legal Team to have it shut down. I'm still awaiting a reply.
Well a few more weeks go by and I felt prompted to go into a certain chatroom to see if I could get some more help, or change someones mind and get them to look at the issue. Its where I have been hanging out on and off and rubbing elbows with some of the mods. I was hoping to become a community volunteer eventually and had hoped to be able to help with some of the sites many issues this way. To improve a community I've been a part of since 2005, a community that I loved.
So if anyone is curious about my inactivity on here as of late. This issue/problem has caused me some huge amount grief and I have taken a hard dent to my emotional/spiritual health as a result of it. I have found DA to be more of a depression trigger for me lately and here's why:
I was scraped and my art and my images where posted and plastered to a faux thread with many sick and disturbing words/things (pornographic) and falsely claiming me to be a child predator... I don't really have many followers and I may not carry a lot of weight or have a huge reputation but it still mattered to me. I tore all of my artwork down from DA because it was posted in this scraped porn malware phishing site which is a form of copyright infringement and its utterly killed me. I do not have the money to register my art and receive reparation for damages, and it kills me someone may be making profit on it now. This site was a test for a much larger issue. Refer here: [link] and here: forum.deviantart.com/community… (I posted in the forums a month-ish ago to warn everyone. I even tagged some artists to rally them to the cause people who had been affected by this. This is the original thread that got hit: forum.deviantart.com/art/gener… For your safety I will not be linking the first scrape/theft site since its malware/phishing.
I have found the new site and it has stolen all of my artwork, and even images of me myself and is pasting them on Iphone covers. Images of me....This is wrong. Please don't visit the site though I took a risk and looked on there. People are saying that it maybe malware launching. I'm taking a gamble to prove a point to DA. The site is CopyCover.com but you can search yourself and see if these bastards are plastering your face, art, and family photos on Iphones, and some how all my art... they got the originals without the watermarks. How the hell did they do that? I blame DA's poor security.
Anyway on with it... Recapping: I reported it to DA which is the site that was scraped. (The original test scrape the first one.) They acknowledged it and decided it warranted no action. I took it to Google Legal Team and have heard nothing. I tried to ply some further "unofficial" help/ideas from DA staff in aforementioned chatroom and things got ugly quickly on their end. I feel I remained polite and I feel even though I was frustrated at the situation and was seeking continued help on a case, it didn't warrant what was said to me. For a site that claims to be tolerant and loving, and against hate speech its admins sure do not uphold this. The admins are supposed to be the beacons of the community the paragon of example. (I will not be mentioning which three rudely bullied me. Harassed is more like it. They should be fired...But it is against policy to make call out journals and I find it immature.)
I was belittled, I was told my reputation didn't matter, I was told I must be a religious nut case because if anything porn would be a good attachment to my name and drive curious viewership... My art was pulled into the discussion and I was told my art looked liked shitty kid art. By the same person who Favorited several pieces of mine and had been so willing and loving to give amazing feedback in the past. I was so taken aback by this and shocked I said I didn't come here to be insulted. Yet they denied insulting me, and when I replied that I didn't think I wanted to be part of a site that treated its members like this. I got told no one will care if you leave, your not a professional artist. That my reputation doesn't matter. EVERYONE MATTERS.
Now I do understand that I don't have a large following, and I do not carry that much weight in that community, and I do have a decent amount of followers, but honestly I am still leaving DA. I made this descion after this happened but it is not a knee jerk reaction. This was the straw that broke the camels back.
They haven't won by encouraging me to leave. It will look this way but I have my integrity and this is a matter of INTEGRITY because I will not stand for a site that treats its customers and users poorly. The site can't even protect its users. I can stand firm in my decision that this site is no longer interested in its "community" its artists, its people, and the management of the site or the protection of copyrights, or security. If I was scraped, you were more than likely too.
To have ones art, intelligence, spirituality, and morals laughed at and insulted really hurts, and I know they know that, but what hurts the most is that my spirituality was attacked. So much for tolerance. I said I would still continue to strive forward in my art though- In an email that I sent to some of you. But in all honesty this has affected me so deeply I have no desire to draw or make art anymore. I am feeling horridly depressed and I don't see myself making art for a while. I need some time to heal. They cannot stop me in my art progression or discourage me. I may leave the account up and have it redirect to another site or blog when I have decided on a place to migrate too. I have not decided where to go yet and I am screening places for security issues and policys. Until then, I will not be posting anything art wise. I will be slowly taking stuff down, saying farewell to my groups and shutting them down. I have already shut Network-with-us down. If some of you have noticed. I am sorry, but the traffic was to small to justify leaving it up anyway. Again this isn't a knee-jerk response. This was the straw that broke the camels back with Deviant-Art. After being here for 13 years I can say I am not proud of what it has become.
To the Deviantart Staff:
Secondly its time to purge the old admins and find new one's that aren't jaded and find ones that will help and do there jobs. I am aware of the "LOAD" you guys work with, and it is a poor excuse. You are public now with wix, hire more people. YOU can afford it. Especially with all these people paying through the nose with core. What about all of the paid ad space? Every click on someones profile generates you money. I have almost 18,000 hits on my page couple that with the other million users. Its an excuses for the ignorant. Some of you do work hard and I thank you, but some of you have become as rude and immature as some of the children on this site. Well in some cases even worse most of the kids on this site have better sense and manners.
Third of all I warned you. I reported a problem and it fell on deaf ears. Now it is worse. That practice scrape just became a way for someone to print art like and others on Iphone cases, and it also may not be actually giving out said merchandise but taking the money and running. Either way its escalated and it is your problem because you have a bunch of pissed of customers and users.
Fourth I do understand that the forums and chatrooms are not the place to ask for official help. But I think when dealing with issues like this people should be allowed to crowd source ideas to help a situation. Talk with others and gain insight. You have a complaints forum, a political forum, and all kinds of stuff that would suggest talking about our problems. It isn't wrong nor drama inducing to ask for help. It's drama inducing because you make it that way, because you can't be bothered to take a few minutes to help someone rationally.
To My Fellow Deviants/Watchers:
Requests/Commissions will be finished and full resolution images un-watermarked will be sent to those I have promised.
For now my page will remain up to spread to word around that I am leaving, until I find a place to rest my head. I may drop by and check up on you guys from time to time as well for the time being.