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Art Theft on Adult Paysite

As posted on my FA journal, I received a message on FA from another user who said they found my art on a certain newly-popped up adult paysite. I Googled the page and it looks like the site has pretty much stolen the entire FA.

http://sites.adult-empire.com/7095/

So, what should we do about it? :)

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oceandezignz
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Its not a case of 'we' - its a case of you. If you or any other artist who discovers that their artwork is being featured on this paysite illegally, all of you need to follow this link and file a DMCA report.

That's how you get it pulled.
claytronic
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
threaten to dmca the shit out of that site lmao
lackoflollies
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
I wouldn't even give them THAT satisfaction, i'd just directly DMCA without saying a word.
claytronic
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
that's called false DMCA'ing though
Maybe just threatening will get em to take it down
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claytronic
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Because people don't know you're false DMCA'ing,. they will take your shit down because they don't want to get taken to court. It's better to be on the safe side.

Kinda like crying wolf, if you think about it.

False DMCA'ing can get you in trouble. IIRC
lackoflollies
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I have to ask, how?
claytronic
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
1. Do you have an actual copyright to your characters and art?
2. Did you file out an actual DMCA form and mail it?

If you say "no" to the above, you are false DMCA'ing
lackoflollies
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
That makes sense now, shoulda said so from the beginning, lol. I figured from the way you spoke that if the artist didn't contact them before a DMCA, that made it false.
logosh
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
When you make art, the work is automatically your copyright. You don't have to fill out anything to make it legally yours, it's simply more helpful in situations like these if you've done so
oceandezignz
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
If you are the copyright holder, there is no filing a false DMCA. Bagheera has their work on that paysite. They have full rights to enforce their copyright with a DMCA notice.

If it was some random person on an internet crusade against art-theft, you'd have a case.
claytronic
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
That's why I said if someone has an actual paper signed copyright
If they didn't pay for a paper and signed it, their character technicallyy isn't "copyright them"

just going into semantics.
oceandezignz
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Wanna talk semantics?

Characters are not copywritten they are trademarked. That is the highest holy fact that this community should have put into your head.

Also. You do not need to file for official copyright its retained upon creation. Obtaining the paperwork makes it solid as a rock, but not exactly required. Which gives Bagheera the right to file a notice because its not their characters, its the art.
kairi_koitra
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Seriously this so hard. I really am tired of hearing copyright when it comes to characters it isn't even funny. I had my high theft characters legally trademarked which takes a bit but its a safe point. Even after that i've had people sit here and tell me i did it wrong.

I seriously wish people would understand the difference between copyright and trademark. My favorite example when it comes to this is Disney princesses images are trademarked. Their merchandise featuring their images is copyright. So when you purhcase a doll or figure from disney if you look at the box you will see Princess Jasmine is (Tm) of Disney corporation Doll and its clothing is copyright of Disney. or (c) of disney.

Copyrights involve physical assets, where trademarks involve looks and characters.

bunny_hugger
Dec. 1st, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
A lot of people mix this up, but it's "copyrighted" not "copywritten" because the root word is "copyright" (i.e. the right to copy things) not "copywrite."

I certainly agree with the rest, though. A lot of people mix up copyright and trademark and also don't realize that copyright requires no registration.
ashleyvsdestiny
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
And, let's not forget that tricky bit about how you have to do TRADE by the MARK that you trademarked. You can't just whip up a sparkle dog for use as an avatar and go 'TRADEMARKED, BITCHES'. People can argue down your trademarks fairly easily if you arn't using them as marks of trade.
(no subject) - copper_curls - Dec. 4th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
claytronic
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
This is something I have been told on here, FD2 and FA Forums when e621 drama was going around
foxhack
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
The character, I don't think it's copyrighted.

But the art? That's copyrighted to you immediately.
onesteptwo
Dec. 1st, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, looks like they MAY be coloring over stuff, too? There's a picture by Fluffball on the front page, but I think it's colored since the guy in the middle looks a lot like her character Cheshire.
ducttapeninja
Dec. 1st, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
The Fluffball picture on the front page is definitely recolored-- Fluffball does all of her art traditionally, and the image on that website is obviously a digital recolor. Having trouble finding the original, though, but I'll keep digging and see if it turns up.
thegentilcat
Dec. 1st, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Um, yeah - Hi. This is Fluffball here.

That image 'is' one of my own, back when I first tried my hand at digital artwork (obviously, I was not very good at it). Just needed to clarify that.

I'll post the original sketch on my gallery tomorrow to verify I am who I claim I am. XD
onesteptwo
Dec. 1st, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Oh, duh. I didn't even clue in to that.
stripedpony
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Im not an artist but I reposted to my FA to let my friends know about it.
film2edit
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
DMCAing them would be helpful. Also looking at their front page, it looks horrible! They literally slapped images over each other and called it a pay site.
lorenafa
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Son i am disappoint.
Seriously it bugs me when people upload art that isn't their own. Of course i'm powerless to stop said people - but still bugs me. I'd contact them a couple of times if they don't take it down, file a DMCA, hopefully it'll be down within a couple of weeks. That's really disappointing. -_-
cesarin
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
isnt this the 13th time an adult empire brand related furry thief site is being spotted?
these guys just seem to change names and addresses.
mikaufoxy
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
Another one, eh? It's become routine, it seems like.
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shukivengeance
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Mod post
Screening this post for encouraging illegal activity.

Please do not post such things in the future.

Edited at 2011-12-01 08:07 pm (UTC)
artonis
Dec. 1st, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Does anyone actually.. pay them for that? I mean...
You just have to go to FA to see the same thing. For free.
It breaks my mind.
Still, all porn sites seem to make business even though there is an overabundance of free crap.
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