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dArama - ISSUE ONE - Love.
The dynamic between core staff, volunteer staff, and the community can at times be pure quality dArama.
It's worth noting that for years I've worked pretty hard to remain neutral on community politics. Today, I'm going to shatter that concept.
Needless to say, I am extremely politically aware of the inner workings of the deviantART community. I read *a lot* of journals, comments, forums, chat rooms. I have fake accounts. I spy.
But I don't spend my time talking politics, instead I focus internally at deviantART designing technologies and implementing understandings with core staff to address the issues I see pop up.
It's time to take a moment to be a bit more petty.
The Structure
In the inner workings of our politics exists the soul of deviantART. What is this place? What was it meant to do? What does it do? What could we do better? And it's the politics that give insight into how well the greater plan is running.
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Currently, dA removes copyright-infriging art or writing about which they've received a DMCA cease-and-desist letter from the copyright holder.

That's all.

There's no follow-up to see that the dA member is not constantly repeating, in a long-standing pattern of copyright abuse before or since. There's no penalty to a dA member for continual copyright abuse-- in other words, it's a crime without punishment. WHY NOT keep up the piracy, if the only punishment is the removal of SOME of the material, and there's no long-term or more severe penalty?

Does dA even have a mechanism to alert staff when there's a pattern of repeated copyright infringement by a member?

dA should be doing more, imposing stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. For the worst offenders, lengthy or permanent suspension/termination of membership seems appropriate.

To do less seems negligent-- a systemic fault for which dA might be sued by a copyright owner whose work has been frequently pirated by one or more dA members.

Let me offer a case in point: dA member LaPurr's journals.

Rarely, there's a LaPurr journal that merely lists links to other websites' copyrighted material. There's nothing wrong with that-- it's worth encouraging. Here's one of those:…

The overwhelming majority, however, is cut-and-paste theft of copyrighted material, with no reference to copyright, the copyright holder, or the website from which the material's been stolen.

You can easily prove this to yourself by cut-and-pasting from LaPurr's journals into Google any material that looks like a unique quote. In every case you'll see that the material's been stolen from a website where it's listed as COPYRIGHTED. You'll see piracy in every LaPurr journal that has "overheard" in its title, and most others too.

Overheard in New York…
 comes from…

Clients from Hell…
comes from…

comes from…

Overheard Everywhere…
comes from…

First World Problems…
is stolen from

Overheard: Compliments…
is stolen from…

Conspiracy Theorists…
is stolen from…

Yet More News of the Weird…
is stolen from…

More News of the Weird…
is stolen from…

News of the Weird…
is stolen from…

Dear (Blank) Please (Blank)…
is stolen from…

Overheard on the Bus…
is stolen from…

Overheard at College…
is stolen from…

When Parents Text…
is stolen from

Hell explained by a Chemistry Student…
could have come from several sources:….

Not Always Working: Employees…
is stolen from…

Not Always Romantic: Relationships…
is stolen from…

Not Always Related: Family…
is stolen from…

Not Always Learning: Education…
is stolen from…

Not Always Right: Customers…
is stolen from…

Fundies say the darnedest things…
is stolen from…

...and that's just the theft LaPurr has committed in journals in the first three weeks of 2014.

LaPurr has been doing this copyright infringement for YEARS. dA has been many given DMCA copyright infringement notices from the legal owners of the materials, several years ago.

dA, you're clearly not doing enough. In LaPurr's case, LaPurr knows it's theft, knows it breaks dA terms of service, and yet continues to commit this theft.
Silence is assent, dA. Please take action so that repeat offenders on dA are not given a free pass to commit copyright infringement again...and again... and again.
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  • Reading: Howard Zimm
  • Watching: "Religulous", a satiric documentary abou


seth "ness"
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Favourite style of art: Tessellation & Farside-style cartooning
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Skin of choice: The one I got on my birthday
Favourite cartoon character: "Doonesbury" by Trudeau
Personal Quote: Without doubt, experience merely reinforces prejudice.


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RobotnikHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
Lol, you dead?
SnowCrasher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May you rest in peace, seth. Sorry I'm late.
pink Rose in teardrop crystal vase dewless 
Hassan-Draws Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait... he's actually dead? No way... 
Jiggsokeken Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016   Digital Artist
Damn dude, I should have taken your offer to make me a japanese stamp. Rest well, buddy.
Hop41 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Rest in peace, my friend. I hope you're in a better place.
BrokenEye3 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thenques for the fav
Madam--Kitty Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hi. wanna join my group called Anti-illuminati-01? anti-illuminati-01.deviantart.…
sethness Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Ummm.... I took a look at your gallery, and formed an opinion of the group. Although I'm broadly anti-religion, this group of yours seems a little too "fringe", "out there", for me. It sees blatant "all-seeing eye" symbol use as "subliminal" when it's in reality quite overt. It sees that as proof of the influence of the Illuminati (a secret religious group from waaaay back in European history) today, whereas I see the "all seeing eye" (one eye atop a pyramid) as a symbol of Freemasonry's influence, not the Illuminati's, in American government since America's inception.

I see the Freemasons as a fraternity with secrets. I don't see evidence of an "Illuminati" that is a religious zealots' secret club working toward world domination.

I think there are forces working to undermine democracy, but I see those as 1-percenter superrich and corporations, who only incidentally invoke religious themes when it coincides with their core goals.
Madam--Kitty Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the group also focuses on freemasons.
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