I just wanted to raise awareness to a website stealing our artwork and sketches(it's stealing from many art websites) on this site, I found it while reading a journal from a person on deviantArt who's artwork was also stolen. I am just going to quote right here because she explains it in detail on her journal.
YAY. My artwork is being posted on a website without my permission. Yours probably is too. I was notified today by *SquirrelGirl15 and *AJ333 that this website: http://www.dramakoreaterbaru.com is farming links from people's deviantART galleries and posting our artwork up without crediting anyone. Go ahead, run a search for your username. On the upside, I was able to find the whois lookup information on the guy that runs this site. You may send your complaints and angry rants to:
REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outg...reaterbaru.com
Name: PT.Belawan Sendiri
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I already have :3 You can also complain to his hosting company:
Softlayer Technologies Inc.
Let's get this guy shut down -__-
Sample FORMAL DMCA Notice to Service Provider
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to you to avail myself of my rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in § 512(c) of the U.S. Copyright Law. I wish to report an instance of what I feel in good faith is an instance or Copyright Infringement. The infringing material appears on the Service for which you are the designated agent.
You are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office as the Designated Service Provider Agent to receive notifications of alleged Copyright infringement with respect to users of the Service for which you are the Designated Agent.
1. The material
<-a sample Formal DMCA Notice to Service Providers you may use. Thanks to `The-Lantiis .
What this is, and why it's a problem...
From what I understand, it seems this guy is using some sort of "bot" or script to search out artwork on DeviantART. From there, the script automatically generates pages with our artwork on it, and a snippet of the original title. The artwork is still hosted here on DeviantART (putting a greater load on deviantart's servers... FU hotlinking). Now you may say "at least my username is attatched to the artwork" and, true, sometimes it is. The problem is, if you have a long username or your image titles are long, your username will be clipped off the artwork title and not posted. The website does NOT link to our deviantart profiles or deviation pages. It does not display our contact info. It doesn't even display our whole usernames some of the time. So here's the question for you.... how is a random internet user who doesn't know who we are contact us or find more of our artwork if all they see is a tourniquet-ed username on this random korean portal? The answer? They don't - and therein lies the problem. Along with a brief (c) Copyright blah blah blah statement at the bottom of the page that says NOTHING about our copyrights, it is clear to any artist worth a grain of salt, that we are not being given due credit here. Users can also leave comments on our artwork directly on this website... but we won't see it here on DeviantART. So not okay.
Note: It's been pointed out to me now that this site also has been crawling places other than DeviantART, including but not limited to: IMVU, The Endless Forest, Nabyn, Tumblr, Youtube, Photobucket, The Lion King Fan Art Archive etc. So if you go by other usernames, check those too!
so there you go, now we just need to try and have it taken down!