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It has been brought to my attention that my art, as well as several other artists from Y!Gallery, has been posted to the paysite ForbiddenDrawings.com. Heck, they even went as far as giving me my own gallery <-- beware of malware

From what I can tell from the previews it's mostly fanart (friend's OC's and Metalocalypse), but what upsets me the most is my OC of 20 years, Jason is on that site (that's him in the small preview pic on the right)

What can I do to get my art taken down? I tried sending emails to the provided contacts, but all I got in response was this:

"Thank you for your inquiry concerning the content of a website. Although we appreciate your concern, ICANN does not have contractual authority to address complaints about website content.

ICANN is not a government agency. ICANN is a private sector, not-for-profit organization with limited technical responsibility for coordinating the unique assignment of Internet domain names and IP addresses.
Therefore, ICANN cannot address consumer complaints regarding the following

1. Spam complaints
2. Website content complaints
3. Failure to answer phones promptly
4. Failure to respond to e-mail messages promptly
5. Overbilling/Multiple billing
6. Computer viruses

These types of consumer complaints are not addressed in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and are therefore not a violation of the RAA.
Please see, http://www.icann.org/en/registrars/ra-agreement-21may09-en.htm.

If you believe the website content refers to anything illegal, your best course of action is to contact a law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction or to seek legal advice from an attorney.

If you are concerned about the content of an email message or a web page, you should contact the domain name holder or the applicable Internet Service Provider.

Best regards,

ICANN Services"

I'm barely making ends meet with commissions, so this site selling memberships to view my art is a slap to the face to me and the other artists trying to make money from our work. Any advice on how to get them to comply would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


PROBLEM SOLVED! Thanks to you guys I finally got a hold of the right people, and my art has been taken down. Words cannot express how happy I am about this.
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May. 6th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Warning, the above site is VERY NSFW.

hallo_katzchen, please edit your post with this warning.

Edited at 2012-05-06 02:20 am (UTC)
May. 6th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I thought I included a warning in the title line? Sorry about that. I'll fix it right away.
May. 6th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Did I miss it? I'm sorry if I did. Thanks for updating it.
May. 6th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
No worries. I think LJ might have eaten it.
May. 6th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
It does that sort of thing sometimes; LJ is a hungry beast.
May. 6th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
I would think "Website content complaint" would be something like "Waaah this blog is pro-Obama and that offends me take it down!"

Having actual drawing they are not authorized to have and selling them is technically illegal is it not?

Could you send a DMCA to the HOST?
May. 6th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
From what I hear, making money from someone else's art without their permission is a no-no. I tried sending an email directly to the webmaster, but it didn't go through. It bounced back with the message "Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently".

I contacted the host, iWeb earlier today. I got an automated confirmation email, but no response yet.
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May. 6th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I'll give that a shot. Right now I'm waiting for iWeb to get back to me. I'm hoping I can resolve it without getting an attorney involved. I live with my sister and she has no idea that I draw adult art (and gay art, at that), and she's not the easiest person to explain stuff like that to.
May. 6th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
ICAAN is just an NGO regulatory authority for DNS addresses. ICAAN is responsible for the DNS system that's used by every website on the entire internet. That's pretty much where their authority starts and stops.

They arn't 'shunting off the responsibility', they never had the responsibility, they arn't the host! It's like going to the FDA and asking THEM to imprison your neighbour, because he stole your burger recipe and started a fast food chain with it. IT'S NOT THEIR JOB.
May. 6th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Here are some links which hopefully you may find useful:
Contacting the host: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stopping-internet-plagiarism/4-contacting-the-host/
If all else fails: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stopping-internet-plagiarism/6-when-all-else-fails/
And stock letters: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stock-letters/

Hope the host is more amicable than the site D:
May. 6th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the links :D

I hope so, too *crosses fingers*
May. 6th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
ICANN has nothing to do with site content; writing to them is like complaining to a phone book publisher about the service you received from a business that has a listed phone number.

As others have mentioned, you need to contact the host.
May. 6th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
More letter examples at R.I.G.H.T.S. http://rightsforartists.com/examples.html

It's a good reference as well. ;3
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