April 8th, 2007

  • tensik

Uncredited "Usenet" Archives being hosted on Furnation

This is being posted as a heads up to anyone who may have used Usenet in the past 10 years or so, or who may have had their work unrightfully distributed through those means in that time period.

Recently, I was a tester for Furnation's ( www.furnation.com ) new gallery system ( http://furnation.com/index.php?act=module&module=gallery viewer beware: adult content is hosted there, not all hidden behind maturity filters as there is currently no true moderation system).  While the site was in testing, Nexxus uploaded 27,000 + images, stories, etc.  from Usenet servers to the gallery systems, saying it was a test to see if the gallery could handle massive bulk uploads.  I left the site for a while as no work on it was progressing, and recently returned to find it open to the public, and the Archives (as the bulk upload was termed) still hosted in the new Gallery system as the last folder entry, with the following text as a disclaimer:

"This is a read-only directory of archived works that are available freely on the Internet.  Some of these works are updated in real time, others are static as the original archives are no longer in service. We provide this archive so that the original works will not be lost to time."

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As such, artists may wish to check the Archive to the best of their ability (again, beware, mature content) to see if their work appears, and take appropriate action as they see fit to protect themselves.