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Author Topic: I did something I'm not very proud it - I reported someone.  (Read 3444 times)

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Hongover

« on: January 09, 2016, 01:53 »
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I'm changing my username to avoid any possible future retaliation. If you must know, my last topic was 'holiday slump'.

Anyway, the punishment was brutal and swift. This contributor took my some my work, made some small tweaks and sold it as his own. I don't mind people copying my ideas. I don't mind people creating knockoffs. But I do mind when someone steals my work, tweak it and sell it.

I was searching my own images and found the stolen work. He/she even had similar names to my images, which made it easier to find. Not all of his work was stolen from me though. Only about 10-20 images. His entire portfolio was inconsistent and I can tell he stole from other contributors as well. So I report him and they delete his entire portfolio of over 900 images. I feel bad...he spend a lot of time uploading and I think he did had some original work, even if it was low quality.

I can't show any of the work and I can't say which website it was on. But wherever it was...it's completely gone. I don't know what compels people to steal another contributor's work.



« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2016, 02:22 »
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Don't feel bad at all. You are discounting the large amount of work you put into being a legitimate contributor, and you did the right thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCNGaafnAGk

Edit: BTW, I don't know why MSG does this, but people can see your original username in the latest topic list. It may be prudent to create a whole new account if you really want to remain anonymous.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2016, 02:25 by Robin@Symbiostock »

« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2016, 02:33 »
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No reason whatsoever to feel bad
If someone theives work and sells as their own, they pay the consequence. Period. We all know the rules when we sign up
I wish all theives get their just desserts

« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2016, 02:41 »
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They will get exposed one day.
I wish there should be some strict measure taken for such culprit.

Its not just we who are surrounded by such people, its big companies who looses millions of $$.
A software is launch after years of work and you get the pirated version after few days. Any game launch and you get the cracked version next day.

There need to be a strict law for such things. People nowadays know very well how to play with DMCA.

« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2016, 07:53 »
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I'm changing my username to avoid any possible future retaliation. If you must know, my last topic was 'holiday slump'.=

Not sure the point of that, as no one knew who you were, ano no one knows who you are know, including the person you turned it, and all it does is confuse people here.  Not sure what "retaliation" you expect.  If you were that scared, you shouldn't have posted about it.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2016, 07:57 by Sean Locke Photography »

« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2016, 09:16 »
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First, good for you. I have no sympathy for those who steal work. Secondly, Sean has a point. I doubt the agency tells the offending contributor that it was XXXX who turned you in. They probably already know that they will get caught, the game to them is how long can they go without being caught.  Now? They will start all over. They will not spend one iota of time looking for you, getting revenge, etc because that does not make them any doe. Don't sweat it. But as an artist I thank you.

« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2016, 11:28 »
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You do the right thing. If someone steals your content you should report it, especially if he resold it.

Im from south america, but i lived some time in Europe and USA, south American people have a very strange behavior about this kind of crime or improper conduct that you cannot see in the rest of world. For example: if somebody steals something to you or somebody else and you report it with police, you are some kind of traitor, you must feel bad with yourself and others will accuse you as traitor. This allows many criminals to manipulate certain people.

Dont feel bad, improper behaviours must be reported to live in a just and orderly society.







« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2016, 12:15 »
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They won't have told him you reported him and they won't have shut him down based on just you. They must have agreed that the whole portfolio was dodgy. Have you checked to make sure he isn't on all the sites?
« Last Edit: January 09, 2016, 12:21 by Justanotherphotographer »

« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2016, 13:43 »
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Never fear doing the right thing. The individual is a thief pure and simple.

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quote author=Minscer link=topic=26518.msg441224#msg441224 date=1452322393]
I'm changing my username to avoid any possible future retaliation. If you must know, my last topic was 'holiday slump'.

Hongover

« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2016, 14:06 »
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I think my only concern is that he has an software engineering (possible hacking) background, and if he's good at find people on Google, there is a slim possibility that he can link everything together. I'm just taking a precaution...and I do realize that my original name still shows up as the topic creator.

And you guys are right. I shouldn't feel bad. Naturally, I was pretty upset to see another contributor steal my work and the site deleting his portfolio was the right thing to do. I do realize that it's part of livelihood and hate to do that to another person. I haven't seen his work on other sites, but I wouldn't be surprised if he popped up somewhere else, hopefully a bit smarter to not submit another contributor's work.

« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2016, 16:09 »
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No reason whatsoever to feel bad
If someone theives work and sells as their own, they pay the consequence. Period. We all know the rules when we sign up
I wish all theives get their just desserts

-- me too.

Don't feel bad, you did the right thing, @Minscer -- although I don't get it either what all the "secrecy" is about.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2016, 16:13 by Hi Cliff(s) »

« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2016, 17:13 »
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Stealing is not someone's livelihood  I would worry about.  You protected the livelihoods of you and the other people he stole from and more he would steal from in the future.   You did the right thing. 

« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2016, 12:38 »
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This brings up an interesting question. If a person steals an image  and uses as one of his own, whats the likelihood that a significant part of their portfolio is stolen work? Is there a chance it only happened once or twice?

I reported someone from using images almost identical to a couple of mine in various sets i sell online and the agency took the portfolio down quick. But after some time the portfolio is back up online with the offending images gone.

I wish there is a stricter policy regarding theft from the agencies as i feel that once you go the route of benefitting from someone else hard work, you would do it more often than once or twice but then again, i do not know the mind set of these people so I'm just guessing at this point.


 

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