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Selling Characters on Furcadia?

My friend http://www.furaffinity.net/user/rigormortis/ / http://xnightxdragonx.deviantart.com/
has her character stolen, and sold on Furcadia as a port.

The image: http://dr-smiles.deviantart.com/art/Port-Syber-142931958
The artist is not to blame! A furcadia user, named, Syber told the port artist to draw this character, and paid for the said image.
My friend RigorMortis found this picture and told the port artist that it is her.
The FC user, Syber, also told the port artist that Fyrus/Yayzi/Ribcrack's character belongs to him as well. So the port artist was falsely informed, and was talked into doing port commissions of stolen characters.

Rigormortis, me, and her friends are trying to contact the Syber character, but its difficult since we dont have Furcadia accounts.

If anyone knows Syber, or has a Furcadia it would be much appreciated.
DO NOT CONFUSE SYBER WITH http://www.furaffinity.net/user/syber/
The blue and yellow coyote has nothing to do with this. And its making the search quite difficult.

So. In a nutshell.
Furcadia user Syber wants port commissions.
He/She is telling the port artists to draw copyrighted images.
The port artist(s) have no idea, they're just doing their job. ..for $4.00.
However, Syber doesnt appear to have a Deviantart, or Furaffinity account.

Contacting Syber via E-mail, Instant message, or Furcadia would be appreciated.
Thank you.

I will provide screenshots if needed.

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ashleyvsdestiny
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, the artist was paid to do an original drawing based on a character created by Fyrus. If I have this right then there's no copyright violation here.

Similarly, I could draw a picture of Ronald McDonald and violate no copyright laws and McDonalds could not pursue me on any legan basis for copyright infringement. ...Trademark infringement on the other hand. This is a realm of trademark and that's an entirely different animal. You don't automatically get a trademark just for creating something like you do a copyright
ashleyvsdestiny
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
*Legal basis. :/
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mekania
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Other what thaily has said about contacting furcadia staff there really isn't anything else to do. Syber knows what they're doing by taking other people's characters (from that link of another warning on xnightxdragonx's DA) and giving them away for art so there's really not much of a point
in trying to track them down.

And just to clarify something because I've been look through dr-smiles' (who really, really did not handle this in a becoming way) gallery and there seems to only be one character used (Rigor Mortis). Is there another port that was taken down or is all the evidence of dr-smiles owning Fuzzysheepy's character hidden in the comments of this piece: http://fuzzysheepy.deviantart.com/art/Shuggy-146397635?offset=25#comments

Before you go to any admins with this I suggest you put it together in a cohesive way with ALL of your usernames/nicknames available because it is pretty difficult to get the full story with what's posted here. I would also not use the word "copyright" because technically it's not applicable.
fullofrigor
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Thank you for actually being helpful.
lilenth
Jan. 9th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)

To be frank, "character theft" is only plausible when the character is trademarked and neither of those characters are original enough to be a trademarked design.

While what this person allegedly did is pretty low, it's not actually illegal except for the scamming the artist and impersonation.

Though to be even more frank, the way the "character owners" have handled it (which resulted in the spamming of the scammed artist) was particularly poor.

Also your request that people contact this Syber? is totally off the wall, we're an art beware group for reports on bad behaviour from commissioners and artists, not a chan board.
ashleyvsdestiny
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
I also don't see this impersonation they allege. This dR-smiles person who was supposively 'sold' this character while doing other artwork only says 'she showed me the shit-ton of artwork it had and everything and i accepted.'.

While fullofrigor says they're linking their DA, that's not explicity stated and there's several other ways I could show someone a 'shit-ton of artwork' without linking to their DA or FA accounts. I don't think they've had any additional contact with dR-smiles because telling them they were impersonated, because if so they'd have just asked that person for the information on the person who commissioned them and 'sold' them a fictional character in exchange for artwork. (Who the hell buys a fictional character anyway?)

But that's only what I can infer from the available information, it's a real pain as these people have presented this as poorly as possible. It's like they don't want this to have any sort of resolution at all.
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coffeelove_chan
Jan. 9th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
*face palms at this community*
Seriously...
I'm really tired of this place and seeing people getting bashed when they are only asking for help... I'm surprised I didn't see the usual comments like "There are grammar mistakes bla bla bla" cause obviously this place is an english class.
I'm not sure if this is of any help but I saw your post on FA and I suggest contacting freewebs, seeing how the person who is impersonating your art and you is just making an asshat out of themselves. I understand how you feel. Having a character ripped off is not right nor does it show respect to the artist.


false_prophet
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
this x 909482344094302952
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ixysfaggylj
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
THIS.
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lobotomysoup
Jan. 10th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Wow you guys

I understand if you don't like the art, but not only is the art STILL STOLEN, the person has made websites, and paid for art with the stolen art too. Not stolen character designs, but fully stolen images.
Why do they not deserve your advice? NO no just make fun of their art because you don't like it, that doesn't make you look like a douche at all.
ashleyvsdestiny
Jan. 10th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
What websites? No websites containing stolen artwork were posted.
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mekania
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Since I'm back in the post for some reason I checked out the new journal on DA and...wow. That's really disappointing. It just kind of proves that you guys aren't handling this well. All the comments directed at the character owners at first were trying to get more information.

I saw nothing like this: ""LOL ITS OK 4 THEM 2 DO DAT." "I DON'T C HOW THEY WERE IMPERSON8ING YOU." " And nothing about posters harping on grammar.

Again, with the new information of him USING YOUR ART ON HIS WEBSITE, not just the character design, he IS violating your copyright. That was not something proven in the original post and should not now be used as an excuse to say "OMG ARTIST_BEWARE IS FULL OF DUMB ART THIEVES HE'S USING MY ART AND THEY THINK IT'S NO BIG DEAL". Uggh, I think I'm done. Sorry for the huge comments in this post.
coffeelove_chan
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
hmmmmm ...I 'm sorry but you were the person I was talking about who actually helped. Like I said before I can tell the difference from when a person is being a complete dick or actually trying to help.

I personally wouldn't come here for it. Allot of other people agree as well -.-
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rat_the_unloved
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
1: contact the artist who unwittingly comitted the misstep.
2: have the artist AND ONLY THE ARTIST contact portraits@furcadia.com AND orders@furcadia.com telling them to clear the art in question (with a link to it) on the character/s in question, as their is a copyright issue. No one but the artist can do this.
3: thank the staffer who assists you for their time, as they are a very small, very overworked, staff.
zrcalo
Apr. 7th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
I'm glad coffeelove_chan got iced. lol

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