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Resolved: Warning about rakkphotography

Text: WHO: rakkphotography on deviantart, audience0fdeath on weebly, #101897 on furry-paws.

WHERE: Occurred mainly on furry-paws.com, but also on deviantart.

WHAT: Digital art

WHEN: Dates are listed above, but generally we first started talking on 3/29/15. First set of unpaid art completed 4/26/15, second set 5/5/15. Repeated attempts at contact between then and now. Payment still not received as of 1/1/16.

PROOF: (Click for massive image) I then emailed them here. And then some deviantart replies here. I sent them another message later and they opened it but never replied. Proof of activity below in 'explain'.

EXPLAIN: Rakk approached me after I made a thread advertising commissions. They seemed extremely kind at first and paid for their first commission batch promptly, so I didn't feel like it was dangerous to continue accepting payment after I delivered the art. Stupid move, and now I only accept part or full payment before. Live and learn.
After offering to combine two commission batch payments into one, they didn't pay and stopped replying. They claimed they were sick and in the hospital. Up until today, I believed they were still in the hospital. However, that doesn't seem entirely true.
I snooped on their weebly page and found their blog and instagram, both of which they've been incredibly active on.
Proof of their activity on instagram. 2+ posts every single day.
Posting to their first blog here(post too long to screencap it all, was just talking about training dogs) Seen here, they were also active this September, when they were ignoring me and claiming to be in the hospital.
Here is their activity on their other blog.

So obviously this person has had ample free time. They're posting selfies, writing blog posts, playing games, etc. And yet they refuse to get back to me or pay me for over half a year now. Yet, they're using my art on their blogs and weebly.
I hate to have to write this about someone who was previously so kind to me, but it is what it is and I don't want any other artist having to deal with this.

Bonus points! Since submitting and waiting for a mod to get back to me, this is now their instagram. Yep. All of those photos(besides the very last one) in 2 days. Clearly, too sick and busy to pay me.

(thank you to CelestinaKetzia for helping me with this post! hopefully I got everything right this time!)

edit: Since posting this, they've now sent me the full amount.
Artist's beware has moved!
Do NOT repost your old bewares. They are being archived.


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Jan. 5th, 2016 12:42 pm (UTC)
^^^ That. Unless you explicitely signed over the copyright in writing, you are the copyright holder. If they didn't pay you for the art, then they have no ownership of the art and you can contact the sites and explain they are in violation of your copyright and agreement.
Jan. 5th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I finally did manage to get in contact with them(by posting on their instagram) but they're saying they can only pay me $20. Lovely.
I'll see if I can get them to remove my art in the meantime.

If they don't, I'll see if weebly will work with me to take it all down. Thank you! :)
Jan. 5th, 2016 02:35 pm (UTC)
To do that it might be a good idea to look into filing a DMCA.
Polona Železnikar
Jan. 5th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
I also have bad experiences with them. First orders were payed promptly and there weren't any issues. The first trouble was with a sketch order. For my sketches I require payment after they're done. They didn't pay or even answer my emails for 2 weeks (despite being active online). After 2 weeks (with multiple notices) I cancelled their order and sold their sketch. As soon as I posted it for sale they sent payment but I gave them a refund and told them that the sketch has been sold. Apart from their comment on my sale thread that I was selling 'their' sketch (implying that they had paid for it) I didn't hear from them for a while. This year they contacted me a couple of times. Early 2015 on FP though under a different name, no contact after I gave them a price quote. And late 2015 via email, also a different name but the request sounded familiar and a quick search later --> it was the same person. They were quick to replay until I gave them a quote and told them that I require payment upfront. Then silence again. Both times they asked for discounts and lower prices.
Jan. 5th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Geez. I'm simultaneously glad and irritated that I'm not the only person they've played like that. I'm glad to not be alone but it's disgusting that they've done this to multiple people.
Thankfully, right after posting this they've sent the money promptly, not unlike how they paid you right when you went to sell their sketch...
Jan. 7th, 2016 06:00 am (UTC)
I just hate it when people make up illness as a way to excuse either not paying for art or not drawing a commission. It makes you question anyone who will ever say this - even people who may indeed be sick or ill or having issues. It's such a deplorable thing. Beware well warranted.
Jan. 7th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
I do think their illness is legitimate, but the degree to which it impairs them is what they're lying about. Here they had me believing they were in a hospital 24/7, but that's clearly untrue.

But I hate the fact that they'd lie about something so serious, too.
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