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Beware: Tatertots

WHO: Tatertots / Furhouse

WHERE: Ad on Furaffinity. Actual Ad. The Art

WHAT: A former commissioner used an image they purchased in October 2014 in an advertisement without permission, refuses to remove the advertisement.

WHEN: I discovered the ad on June 13th.

EXPLAIN:

I'm not at all happy about doing this write up, but at this point I don't really know what else to do. In a way I want to get ahead of this thing, as the last communication with Tatertots seemed to imply that they may attempt to smear me for standing up for my rights as an artist.

While browsing, Furaffinity one evening.I noticed that an advertisement that had my art. I hadn't given anyone permission to use my work in an ad, so I was worried that someone might have taken my work from Tumblr or Google and posted it up on their ad. Following the link from the ad, I discovered it was actually a person that had commissioned the work in October.

I contacted the person on the journal the link went to. The advertisement was for some chat site, but I do not feel comfortable with my work being used without my permission for something that has 18+ on it. whether or not it was adult oriented.  I admit, I felt heated and very upset, but I was not trying to be aggressive when I confronted the person. Conversation

After that, they deleted the conversation tree on the journal and left a shout on my page.

So I sent a note, trying to explain to them how paying for a commission isn't the same as buying rights to a work. The use of 'hun' and condecending tone really bothered me. While I probably came off as snippy as much as I tried to keep a cool tone, I don't enjoy the final note of how I will lose work because I stand up for my rights. Notes.

So far, I have gotten nowhere when it comes to FA admin. I made a TT, noted Dragoneer, emailed the furaffinity advertising, sent a tweet, and emailed Dragoneer and have gotten zero response over the course of almost a week.

I admit I am very upset about this. I didn't want to make a beware, but I feel like I have no real other choice in the matter.

Update June 23, 2015: Today after getting ahold of Sciggles, I finally received an email from Dragoneer stating that the ad in question has been removed and I'm being compensated. I do hope this doesn't happen again. For now I will consider this resolved.
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timelapsedecay
Jun. 19th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yikes :/ Thanks for posting this. I'm sorry this happened to you, I would be pretty darn upset too
kalika_tybera
Jun. 19th, 2015 11:08 pm (UTC)
Maybe try filing a DMCA take down notice with FA/their service provider? That might make things more noticeable and inspire them to take action.

Either way that person clearly does not understand how rights work and what they're doing is really not okay. I'd be super uncomfortable if someone posted my art in an ad without permission. I hope it gets resolved for you.
signy
Jun. 19th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
I can't stand it when people use pet names like 'hun' to diminish and dismiss others. It would have made me incredibly uncomfortable too. I'm really sorry you had to deal with that on top of the original issue.

He's obviously incorrect as to who retained the copyrights (you!), and doesn't seem to be someone who would be receptive to learning about the whys and hows involved. At this point, I'd second a DMCA take down as being the best route.

Edited at 2015-06-19 11:38 pm (UTC)
corghi
Jun. 20th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
Holy crap, no! You did not give them permission to repost the artwork, they need to respect an artists' wishes.

You can absolutely file a DMCA with FurAffinity to get the art taken down.
kaliedosock
Jun. 20th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
Thirding the DMCA route. Their attitude is horrible!
sapphistscot
Jun. 20th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
Fourthing the DMCA. They absolutely cannot reuse your art like this without your express permission or paying for the rights to the work. Added to that, their attitude stinks and they clearly have no concept of how copyright works so they're definitely not a customer I'd want. And I'd also say this is a warning against FA as well if they don't care that people are using stolen art (they didn't pay for the rights to the work so it's stolen) in their ads.
lackoflollies
Jun. 21st, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
NOPE.

If Dragoneer won't respond to you within a reasonable time frame [a week at most]as per his 'job' as FA's 'manager', file a DMCA with his higher ups, immediately.

Sciggles is also on staff again, I also suggest contacting her as well.
adzuki
Jun. 22nd, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Is there info on how to file a DMCA? I've never done this before..
celestinaketzia
Jun. 22nd, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
With IMVU owning FA but Dragoneer managing it, I'm not sure how it works.

You can email FA/Dragoneer with the request first.

Here's how to file one:
http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/id=4501/
adzuki
Jun. 23rd, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)
And I just email them with it?
celestinaketzia
Jun. 23rd, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Yeup, just title it DMCA request or something like that.
adzuki
Jun. 23rd, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
spartanwerewolf
Jun. 24th, 2015 08:13 am (UTC)
It's easy enough to hit 'Neer and IMVU both with a DMCA. Someone'll take care of it.
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