So. I have been watching this taking a backseat, basically provided people that I deal with in the art communities with links to whatever and whereever things have been said. And I've been happy with that. I left this place a good while ago, together with a lot of outstanding people that basically made this place what it was, back in the days.
After taking a look again after the last hours, I actually did the effort of digging up the password to the place where I started my online art adventure, participated in challenges to get better, was once a mod, and did texting for online tutorials. I have a lot of good memories, lot of things to thank this place for, but unfortunately all the people I owe the thanks and memories to are gone. For several reasons.
Why did I bother doing that after years? Because I have nothing to lose. I am actually not in the business. I am neither a big name in the industry, nor a small one. I do not have any NDA to keep. Nothing I say will affect me in any capacity workwise. The information I am gonna post is not given by «I heard that possibly this person had/did/said» or one person alone. Some of the things I and other have learned over the years I cannot post, as it would be dragged into the whole "slander" thing that seems to be ok to do here as long as it is done to certain individuals.
First of all: The only person that keeps dragging CA through the mud is the founder himself and his actions. There is no «movement» trying to shut down CA, there is no «they» that try to ruin his life, but there is a number of people that is not gonna associate themselves with him any more because of his ways and behaviour. Many of whom was the key to build CA, giving freely of their knowledge, time and effort (which equals money in this business), but cannot even come back to delete their informative posts in CA (read: intellectual property) and keep them in others when they don't want to be associated with this place today because they are banned.
Second: Internet has changed. What was before contained to CA and its members is not any more. Back in 2009 as so many keep referring to, social media for one, was not as developed as it is today. Believe me when I say that whatever is said in this thread alone has basically no impact on what is said in other places. Nor in the information shared between individuals. Which is a lot more than comes to light in this thread. Information I mean.
Third: Do not think any of what you do in this community, be it hidden forums or private messages, is in fact not scrutinized. There is one person doing this, and it has been brought to light by several individuals. Users here in the know have been exchanging emails for years knowing this. People has been banned for things said in PM's.
Fourth: Do not think anything you have done for this community, post wise, knowledge wise, time wise or any other wise gets you on the plus side if one thing is found going against what is the current mantras. People that has spent more hours into giving feedback, knowledge, C&C, making tutorials than you have ever spent on this forum is currently not allowed to access their own intellectual property.
Fifth: The only mob mentality I have seen in this current case is here on CA. Any other place it is individuals sharing their experiences, having what looks to me mostly civil conversations, and in general trying to find out what this has to say to where they stay on a number of cases today. That said, I am sure I am not participating in all art communities or social medias online, but I can honestly say that I have not seen any lynch mob anywhere other a few very annoyed people that is telling about their past experiences.
Sixth: The contract Brad wrote was with CA, not TAD. TAD and John English paid. You can read about this from Brad himself. Or a number of other art communities. Or people reposting on FB. Or other social media. On another note, Jason was responsible for all this through TAD from what I can gather.
Seventh: Yesterday, there was three people that had gone public about not being paid. There was one mentioned in several places that I have not myself talked to personally, and a fifth that I know of myself. Brad is the only one I know for sure has gotten paid. Again, it's in several places. FB being one of them.
Eight: Two years is not late payment.
Ninth: There is people in TAD that should have supposedly been on the CC list that has no idea what is going on from what they are posting, again, you can look at Brads DA journal posts and go through the comments. Or other places. It's linked and reposted. A lot of places.
Tenth: Jason has earlier been claiming that CA was a not-for-profit/non profit organization, which is why it has an .org at the end. No documents of this has ever been found in the open registries (it basically means all economic transcations should be transparent), and no proof was ever given of this claim from Jason himself, which caused a lot of controversy, even though a lot of posts were made. And people were banned over question of proof.
Eleventh: Massive Black has nothing to do with this site any more, as far as I know. Jason «stepped down» from Massive Black, but kept tying this place riding Massive Blacks reputation.
Twelfth: Several of the early prominent members and co-founders have indeed been apologizing to members and users from the time they were in fact affiliated with Jason as the different relationships broke. There are people around still holding dear to their emails, but for obvious reasons cannot share them with the public. I being one of them.
Thirtheenth: Yes, there was a workshop that never happened.
Fourteenth: Yes, there are people that has been at workshops that hasn't been properly compansated or haven't got all that they were supposed to.
Fifteenth: It is a somewhat of a known fact that «public conversations» and «private conversations» with Jason is not just due to having a somewhat brash personality. There is proof of this floating around even though there's been efforts of getting rid of them.
Sixteenth: Any proof promised in this place to subdue any concerns will take forever to surface, to the point of where people forget about it and it is never produced. I can count three cases where I still have seen no proof that has been promised. I have not been looking around for it either, because I was expecting it to surface exactly where the concerns were mouthed. Unfortunately, these three concerns are all deleted from CA's database.
Seventeenth: There is a known history in this place where concerns will be left unanswered, specific questions will be deflected, blame will be thrown upon people banned and no longer able to answer for themselves, and yes indeed, the issues themselves will in their entirety disappear because the thread will be deleted either during a hot headed discussion, or later being silent about it.
Eighteenth: Yes, there was a blackout in 2009. During which several thread raising questions vanished, people were banned for asking legitimate questions, and some forums disappeared for while.
Ninteenth: Yes, there are censorship in this place. As the exodus of 2009 happened, C G H U B was one of the words being censored. Which from what I can read in this thread still is, or if it's not was just removed today. Three years later. Another place that could not be mentioned while I was active was G N O M O N, for years. A well renown art community/school that many people that posted here either worked for at the same time as they were here, or went to later. A third place after a falling out with the recruiter/head was also banned, but I cannot remember the name at the moment. Any place that has been a possible refuge for people not wanting to stay around, has had a history of being banned so current members cannot share information.
Twentieth: The rumours about the instructor list at TAD changing several months after the instructors themselves had removed themselves from Jasons project is true. Cease and decist letters had to be sent to take some of them down. People did indeed enlist thinking their instructors was going to be people that would never show up on TADs lectures. This was during a fallout with Massive Black and their friends. TAD today has nothing to do with this that I know of. Jason also is not actively doing anything with TAD today if I have my information right.
Twentyfirst: LMS, Last Man Standing, the art competition, not the killbook, was not a CA project. It was a project by Cody that Jason tried to take ownership of for CA.
Twentysecond: Yes, Shawn has made a statement. It is posted on Brads DA, and on FB by several people after emails because he cannot post in this community.
Twentythird: Yes, Jason has named and shamed people publicly and setting the community and forum trolls on them, without any other proof than «I said so».
Twentyfourth: That people torrent videos or that a download dwindles over time does not mean that you can stop paying the royalties of the legal downloads. No matter the amount.
Twentyfifth: Yes, there is a history of people being accused of things that has never been proved, with banning and shaming, that before the professional art community caught on to what was really going on in CA was indeed hurting both professionally and economically. Today, being named and shamed in this place really has no impact, from what I have heard. Because of all the earlier false accusations.
Twentysixth: This is a reply I made to a person in another community that I thought I might throw in for good measure: «If you think that if an artist is not paid from a company or a person that it is an issue that should be solely between the two parts (in this case Brad and Jason/CA/TAD), you are mistaken.
It is also an issue for the customers, and the potential customers. In this case the user base, members and students of CA/TAD.
You as another customer has no right to shush down an issue I as a customer might weigh heavily when it comes to if I want to purchase a product or not. If I want to boycott companies using kids making clothes, companies affiliated with organizations I myself do not share the values of, that sells products that is a health danger, or that is not paying their workers, that is my choice as a customer and consumer. That is my power. As a customer and consume
And for the record, the amount of money I couldn't care less about.
And in closing:
I am ashamed that there is people in this place, as it was the place I started out and learned all about how I should always get paid, that actually lets this slide no matter the amount of money concerned. Jason himself has been pretending to be an advocate on not doing work for free and always getting every cent you are ever owned. I do not care if the person in question was a billionare missing ten cents. You do not lecture others about business and then proceed not following your own rules.