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Jul. 3rd, 2006

So there was me, sitting there feeling all kinds of smug in the knowledge that no one ever ganked my artwork, and...

I got a message on Elftown from a very nice person saying that someone had ganked my image of my Sun Elf (i.e. the one in this icon of mine) and was displaying it on their Elfpack page.


It took me AGES to be able to get an Elfpack account, but I finally managed it, and what do you know? She's right. o.O With a little caption under it saying 'my favourite pic lol'. *rolls eyes*

It took so long to log in though that in the meantime I gave the kind person who contacted me permission to contact the thief about it and at least ask to credit, since, you know, it's not like the name 'Kachichan' isn't in big letters at the top of my ET homepage or anything... *rolls eyes again* And it's not like I don't use the same name on every. damn. place I go to.

But I'm THIS tempted to simply report the thief to the guards and have them take down the pic. It's not like I can't prove it's mine, it's on about five or six (maybe seven...) different websites all under the same name... Not to mention the all-kinds-of-vast oC1.1 file and the original inks (well, they're somewhere here, but I have a nice B&W scan of it in various sizes too...)

It's... creepy. o.O

And I even dreamed that someone stole my artwork the other night. And even THEN I woke up feeling smug knowing that my work was too crap for anyone to be stupid enough to do that.


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Jul. 3rd, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Jeez that sucks. Can't you put a great big honking watermark in the middle of your picture with one of those graphics programs?
Jul. 4th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I thought about it, admittedly...

But then I thought about all the images I see on those art websites that have big watermarks across the middle, and... you don't even look at the art, all you can see is a watermark, no matter how unobtrusive...

Not to mention several don't even stop people. I've heard of determined thieves editing it out. Although those are usually the creepy types who then try to assert that the original artist stole it from the thief. They don't tend to get anywhere... (The person in my dream did that too. o.O )

Thankfully she wasn't outwardly claiming it was hers, but still... 'my favourite pic lol' doesn't immediately make you think it's not hers too.

*grumbles* Well.. First time in about 6 years, I think I'm lucky all things considered. ^_^;
Jul. 4th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Ooh, and... there's another major downside to watermarks: it depends on where she ganked my pic from. I could watermark everything everywhere - but I can't watermark any images in my DAPrints gallery. The image you submit to DA as the thumbnail has to be exactly the same as the large image they make the print out of. A LOT of people have had their stuff stolen that way, even when they normally watermark. Which really stinks. :/
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