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So a couple of weeks ago I got this note.

Tftg by TheDangerCat

I answered "no" to this. But not before I decided to look into this whole deal. And I found a fair bit of interesting stuff.

First of all, facts. Their app is pretty iffy on many sides.

TFTGApp by TheDangerCat
As far as I'm aware, google doesn't prohibit sexual content in your apps. But I'm sure as hell that it's not legal to rate your product as a PEGI 3 when it contains sexual content. Also, I know for a fact that it's both illegal and not possible to self-rate a digital product with either the ESRB or PEGI ratings, so I don't understand how this got rated PEGI 3 in the first place.

That is at best a removal from the Play store and at worst a legal reverie I have no interest in associating with.

Then there is the "Contains ads" statement. Considering that this app looks like a simple reposting aggregate app, that's kinda exploitative. If you look back at the note I got, it doesn't state anything about monetization. Only that "partnering" with them is a way to reach a broader audience. So payment in exposure.

Now let's take a look at what SocialBlade has to say about TG Transformation Stories and their Youtube Channel.

Tftgsb by TheDangerCat
Source: socialblade.com/youtube/channe…

Hmm... Now I want to stress that SocialBlade only gives estimates for earnings. It doesn't actually confirm whether or not ads are run on their videos or not. But I have checked their videos without AdBlock and although it says ads are on their videos, they aren't playing. But that could be a localization issue as I know that ad space on Youtube is sold depending on a myriad of factors. I did ask a friend to check it for me and they had the same experience.

Either way. I'm not making this post to steer attention to this person and their channel. I don't want to start a witch hunt. My main intention is only to warn other TG artists that this "partnership" is pretty one-sided.



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H-exe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Ohh.. those guys..
You commission a piece from an artist and wouldn't you know it, in less than 24 hours they took the picture and slapped some music on it and upload it to YouTube.
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TheDangerCat Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Well, this person has been pretty upstanding all things considering. Even though I disagree with their choice to keep the artists uninformed about them making money off this, at least they respected my rejection of their offer. There are some other channels on Youtube though that posted my stuff without asking, but at least I cleared it up with them afterwards.
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GodKingMuffin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
What.is up .With their inconstantly bad use of periods . ?
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TheDangerCat Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
:shrug:
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Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Yeah that seems kinda sketchy.
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creodont Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
I've heard a rule of thumb that you should never trust anyone who tries to get your work for free for a promise of "exposure."
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DavenportIAS Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
This is that you tube channel that puts awful music to comics and stuff done by other people. I always thought they just stole the pics. That said, "exposure" is still more the refuge of scoundrels.
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