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« Reply #50 on: February 19, 2015, 17:43 »
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The originals noted above are from multiple portfolios - I'm confused about which ones are the work of the OP and which aren't.

I looked at the key in the shining key images wondering if the copycat had been lazy enough to use someone else's stock image (the key has a pretty distinctive design) but there are several isolated shots of  that "antique" key on Shutterstock, so I assume it's a fairly common item.

Lots of composite images (all the CCTV cameras) but although it's the same camera photoshopped on, there's no indication it's someone else's camera (and I didn't check all the background shots, but at least some are from the copycat's own portfolio).

There are masses of near duplicates in the copycat's portfolio - same background with a few changed words - I can't see how any more than a handful got accepted, but that's another story. The icons, recycle symbols and such are all pretty generic, so I doubt there's any direct evidence there of misuse of someone else's work.

As far as the copying a concept issue, he seems to be spreading the love around and copying multiple concept setups from multiple contributors. I think that behavior would merit a warning to stop it and produce something more original if I were running the agency, but I don't think it qualifies for a DMCA takedown or copyright infringement, irritating as it is.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2015, 20:51 by Jo Ann Snover »


« Reply #51 on: February 19, 2015, 19:29 »
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It is straight up copying of the concept. Sadly they didn't even put their own spin on it. Since the images and assets used are not the same I don't think you can do much about it. This is just common place. The best you can do is keep creating. Let him be Burger King to your McDonalds...
« Last Edit: February 19, 2015, 19:36 by dingles »

« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2015, 00:40 »
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Don't worry what you should do.
Contact Shutterstock and they can decide whether they should start a conversation with the copycat. If they feel it is too blatant they will put a stop to it. They will question the other artist and let you know what they decide.

« Reply #53 on: February 20, 2015, 02:09 »
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Don't worry what you should do.
Contact Shutterstock and they can decide whether they should start a conversation with the copycat. If they feel it is too blatant they will put a stop to it. They will question the other artist and let you know what they decide.

Agreed, I'd just let Shutterstock know about it.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #54 on: February 20, 2015, 02:13 »
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.... Let him be Burger King to your McDonalds...
BK is so much better than Mickey D !  ;)

« Reply #55 on: February 20, 2015, 07:32 »
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.... Let him be Burger King to your McDonalds...
BK is so much better than Mickey D !  ;)

They are both crap, but the analogy comes from Burger King always following and copying McDonalds, may not ring as true today, but that is a common business analogy when talking about copycats. Also pointing out it copying happens in all fields,

« Reply #56 on: February 20, 2015, 10:27 »
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have you contacted the artist directly? Same concepts for sure but not exact enough to be considered a copy.  Just a slight change is probably enough to get out of legal trouble. Sad but that's reality...  :-\


 

I try but can't contact him. :(




I sent a message to him but no response. :-\

FYI

https://www.facebook.com/vasinl?fref=nf

« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2015, 10:29 »
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Don't worry what you should do.
Contact Shutterstock and they can decide whether they should start a conversation with the copycat. If they feel it is too blatant they will put a stop to it. They will question the other artist and let you know what they decide.

Agreed, I'd just let Shutterstock know about it.
Thank you very much Leaf. :-*

« Reply #58 on: February 20, 2015, 10:31 »
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you really can't imagine that is a copyright infringement, i mean the idea looks the same but there are really different photos it is not copied per se. And what make you think that the original is "original"? If you make a search you will find dozens of photos with the same idea, not only those 2 contributors.

It seems to be easy for making money. I just go to popular page and copy their ideas and adjust it a bit or just make my  photo by copy from them then I can stand in popular page and get more income.

Wowww thanks for good idea
 ;) ;) ;) ;D ;D

I think so. 8)

« Reply #59 on: February 21, 2015, 16:38 »
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so??? write to Yuri or anyone of the top sellers and see how they feel about it  ;D
it's been like that in every business. eg Willie Dixon vs Led Zeppelin; Robert Johnson vs Cream (Eric Clapton,etc). It's hard to prove you invented the wheel

« Reply #60 on: February 23, 2015, 21:24 »
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« Last Edit: February 23, 2015, 22:27 by zebra007 »

« Reply #61 on: February 23, 2015, 22:28 »
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so??? write to Yuri or anyone of the top sellers and see how they feel about it  ;D
it's been like that in every business. eg Willie Dixon vs Led Zeppelin; Robert Johnson vs Cream (Eric Clapton,etc). It's hard to prove you invented the wheel
:)


 

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