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Tue Oct 6, 2009, 8:10 PM


PITCH A FIT!!!!!!

(And I apologise in advance for being a bitch)

But at this point I'm freakin' pissed!!!

:shakefist:

Here I am peacefully browsing my way through the DA stock section and what should I see but my second set of Grasslands brushes (preview image MINUS all the blatant copyright marks on it) posted on THIS twit's page :iconlinker123:

How big of an idiot do you have to be to take a set of popular brushes, post them on a HUGE art community website and expect that NO ONE will recognize them????

He apparently downloaded them from the ever popular, uber-sleazy "Rapid Share". They have been informed in no uncertain terms to remove them. However they were uploaded there from someone who got them from....not surprsingly Photoshop-land.RU

This delightfully scummy little cyber cesspool masquerading as a legitimate Photoshop resource website is offering several of my sets for download. And guess what?

They've removed MY README.text, AND removed the copyright brush that I include at the beginning and end of each of my brush sets. I've since torn them a new a#$hole as well!

I'm left at this point with a couple of options.

1. I take all my sets down.

2. Stop making brushes.

3. Send legal documents to every website offering my brushes without my permission

OR

4. Henceforth on every single brush in the set, slap my copyright into the brush and stop including the image files in the pack. I know this would be annoying as hell for the brush user (but anyone who uses photoshop will know how to erase the unwanted portion. That way every time a brush was used, my info would be immediately visible. I'd also make the image pack available for people who directly contact me for download.

I'm not crazy about any of those options, but I'm also livid beyond belief.

Is it not enough that I spend large amounts of time, effort, creativity and energy making them and offering them for free??????

Do I have to be a colossal bitch and publicly state that if I learn of or catch anyone distrubting or using the brushes personally or commercially WITHOUT FOLLOWING MY TERMS OF USE....I will sue their stupid asses off until their grandchildrens grandchildren are destitute and starving??????? :threaten:



#(*^&%(*#(&@#*#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


End of rant.

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TERMS OF USE FOR MY BRUSHES:

All brushes midnightstouch

Please respect the time and effort that I put into making these brushes.

They are free for personal use

To members of Deviant Art : I do grant permission for use in DA Prints. I simply ask that that I be given credit with a link back to my DA page, and that I be notified of their use so that I can check out your creation, fav and add it to my wish list. Off-site use is generally not a problem with me, but I do like to be asked and again, credited with a link back to my DA page.

Commercial use : You DO require my permission, but I'm generally very accomodating

To all users : You may share them, but you must include the READ ME along with the the brushes. You may NOT alter them, package them with other brushes and/or redistribute them as your own.

:star: :star:My stock : :iconmidnightstouchstock::star: :star:
  • Listening to: my blood boil
  • Reading: How to hire a hit man and not get caught
  • Watching: my blood pressure rise
  • Playing: with my new camera
  • Eating: revenge...a dish best served cold
  • Drinking: a pepsi of course
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:iconshadzerz:
Shadzerz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I personally would kill the bitch who does the shit. >.> Just find who did it, and ask the police to give you five minutes in a room with them and "go to town", if you know what I mean. ;) Or read this: [link]

Or search through this:[link]
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I know exactly what you mean. A baseball bat is a wonderful way to work out some frustrations! :D
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Shadzerz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was thinking more along the lines of a Chainsaw, and if you are in a store while it happens and police come, tell him that he is on Isle 3 7 and 13. ^_^ ;)REDRUM!
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SelphieSK Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist
I do hope you won't put them down, your brushes are so beautiful!
But it still... amazes me?... that some people feel the need to steal them when you make them free for personal use, while simply asking for credits. I guess I'll never understand those guys...
You're so right to be pissed!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't quite understand it. But then I have some morals and principles so I don't seem to be capable of thinking that way.

At this point I won't take them down, since they're already out there so it's too late. In future I will probably copyright each one.

Thanks for the support! :hug:
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strick9672 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Sorry about the theivery,I hate hate hate theives:finger:that guy(been waiting for something to use that emoticon on)
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:iconmidnightstouch:
midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the support! :hug:

:lol: I LOVE the emoticon!! I'll have to use it myself :D
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strick9672 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
LOL,it's a good one,but there are lots of good ones on here:highfive:
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Lil-kokoro Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
:pissedoff: Jerk faces! :X can't believe they'd do something like that. :omg:
and it's okay if you rant. :D the world needs to know about these idiots! :chainsaw:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still shaking my head :nod:

Thanks for your support! :hug:
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Like a Photo or other image, if you had it set as having an ADULT content, even when it doesn't.

Then it would mean (maybe) that ONLY DA members would see and be able to obtain them.

But then, it wouldn't stop someone from joining to do as you've already mentioned :/

OK. Got it. NUKES !
No, errrr.

Hum.......
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: I love the nukes idea...but that might be a little too much fall out.
Hand grenades perhaps? :giggle:

I checked on the adult content. I didn't log into my account and could still see adult content and download anything I wanted. :(
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Compression warheads?

Due to the way they work, after the first blast, everything
is then sucked back in to the center.

Lots of damage, but less spread and lower fallout :)
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooooooooooo...now those sound absolutely perfect!! Now I just have to find a black market supplier! :lol:
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Is this something we should really be talking about on an open post ?
LOL.

"Bombs-R-Us"

You might be able to a video on the net of some tests of compression warheads.
It does look quite strange. Big bang though :)
Bigger than the pumpkins I blow up each year.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl:

I don't know. These days people have talked about things like that seriously on their blogs and my spaces and no one took them seriously :lol:

Blow up pumpkins? What did they ever do to you? :giggle:
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
:O

As for pumpkins:

[link]

Link goes to my youtube page.
I posted some pumpkins there.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: Oh those poor pumpkins!! Mind you, that's a quick way to make pumpkin pudding :giggle:
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WIZARDtll Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Sorry to hear this Linda. As for the Poll and those that chose the too much effort. It isn't that much more. I do think it's funny though, you don't want to take a little more effort to create art, but Linda took a hell of a lot of effort to make the brushes you are using. So, Linda I don't care if it takes me an hour to remove the copyright from a brush (which it takes about 2 seconds), I'll continue to use your brushes (per your copyright notice. :lmao: ) You do what you need to do and I'll make it work.

:hug:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Tom! :hug: I tend to agree with you...that if I can take hours to make them, people can take the 20 seconds to do a little erasing. After all, they're free. Should I just come do the whole artwork too? :lol:
And if that's a problem, if you pay a couple of bucks for them, I can give you a "clean" set.

I'm strongly leaning on taking that route.

Thanks a LOT for the support. It's greatly appreciated! :glomp:
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MeaShadow Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh, I hate art theft, too, I had to deal with it a while ago...

I guess you have to do something about it.

Send a violation copyright letter to rapidshare etc. sited yo ufoudn them on and maybe yo ucan license ur brushes somewhere or as someone said, just put a pass on the zip file. And then, anyone who wants ur brushes can ask you in a note. It's not too much work for protecting ur copyrights.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I contacted all the sites offering them that were breaching the terms of use. We'll see where that leads.

The password idea is pretty much a wash as is offering a zip file for those who contact. The brushes all together get downloaded 1500 to 2000 times per day on average. I would be spending the entire day emailing people files or passwords. I'm generous, but I can't quit my job just to keep others stocked in free photoshop brushes :lol:
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MeaShadow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, too bad then.

There's no chance to liscence them somewhere? That way you can get protected.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Licensing is protection the way an alarm in your house is protection. It's there but it doesn't always stop a thief. Then you have to catch them and the hard part is prosecuting.
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SMOGARTS Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go on with it Im totally by your side. People they steal other peoples hard work should be banned from every art-publishing site on the net. A$$holes!
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the support! :hug:
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SMOGARTS Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np ^^
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Br0wnnie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the password protection idea better too. Also, stop including the source files. The brushes don't need them to work and you're just making it easier for art-thieves.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I researched the password idea but that won't work. The brushes collectively get downloaded at minimum 1500 to 2000 downloads a day. I'd have to quit my job just to email people passwords. Then I couldn't afford the internet and no one would get my brushes because I couldn't upload them onto DA :lol:
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Br0wnnie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's sad...in that case, i think it comes back to watermarking everything - which would make your brushes tedious to use.....I really hate art thieves.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It is sad that I have to even wrestle with the issue because some people are lazy, and/or have no morals or scruples :(
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Br0wnnie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they just don't care. And therefore, hard to get through to.
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MeaShadow Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a good one.
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a fan of your brushes,first you should report the stupid thief and I hope he/she will be banned from DA...I would not like that you add a copyright to each brush...I know how to use photoshop but sometimes it is very tiring and annoying having to even edit a brush...many times we use brushes for the big difference of not editing,the brush is faster and offers more options than photomanipulating a image...perhaps -as most people have said- a password would be the option,though I fear not understanding how to use it...
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I know that you use the brushes often and I'm always glad to see your work. Passwords aren't so hard to use, the problem with them is that anyone downloading them will ask for the password. I could give it just to people who are DA members with active galleries, but that means I'd literally have to check out everyone who asks and that amounts to thousands of people a day. (the 10 most popular sets are downloaded an average of 200 times a day and then I have 40 more sets. It works out to over 3000 downloads daily. )That's just an unreasonable amount of time and work for me to do just to keep making brushes for others to use.I make brushes because I love doing it (and it takes hours to make a set) and I offer them free as a courtesy to other artists. If I have to start checking everyone I'd pretty much have to quite my job. Then no one would get my brushes anymore because I'd lose my internet connection and couldn't post them to DA :lol:
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Wolven-Goddess Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009   Digital Artist
I agree with ~SilverFire85. I think it'd be alot easier to password protect them. Plus ... you generalised in your post. I love photoshop brushes. I really do. But in your post you say: "but anyone who uses photoshop will know how to erase the unwanted portion".

Hate to disappoint you, but I don't. Even though I feel fairly confident in Photoshop (see my gallery to see what I mean), I'm still learning. So, unless you send me a note and explain (pretty much step-by-step ... I think) how to remove the copyright info from each individual brush, I'm going to stick with the whole password protection idea.

BTW, I hope all this art theft crap gets sorted. Thankfully (as far as I know), none of my creations have been ripped. However, if I found that some of my stuff was ripped ... I'd prolly be as livid as you. :huggle:
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You have some wonderful works in your gallery :)

I didn't mean to generalize, what I meant to say was that someone who uses Photoshop with any regularity would find it a simple task.

I should explain what I mean about building the copyright into the brush.
Brushes are a little like stamps and what I was thinking of doing was in a clear area, directly underneath or beside the image part of the brush, I want to add the text "©[link]". To use the brush you'd duplicate your layer (which is a pretty standard way of doing thing), stamp the brush where you want it and then use your eraser tool to erase the text. The brushes would still be usable, and very high quality. It would make theft very annoying though. Anyone who wanted to get rid of any trace of me as the author would have to stamp the brush, erase the text and make a new brush, which wouldn't be nearly the same quality as the original. Plus it would be pretty time consuming considering the sets I make are usually pretty large.
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Wolven-Goddess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009   Digital Artist
:aww: :heart: :huggle: Thankyou. And I absolutely love your works ^^

Ah. I know what you mean now. ^^ I thought you were saying that you'd put your copyright information on the actual brush - not the clear space.

I don't duplicate the image layers for brushes ^^ The majority of brushes I use are hair brushes ... I make a new layer for each brush, and stamp it. Mainly because I can go through alot of brush packs before I find brushes that look suitable. Plus, it's easier to alter positioning and colour if they're on seperate layers to the model ^^

So ... now that I know what you mean, I'm quite happy for you to copyright each brush. I still like the idea of password protection though. ^^ However, with that is one problem. The ripper could ask you for the password, and then unzip, rezip without password protection - and then you'd be in the same boat.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and I'm glad to hear it. :hug:

I was too upset to explain it fully :lol:

You could easily erase on a new layer or duplicated one. I researched the idea of password protecting and there's an even bigger drawback. The brushes collectively get downloaded 1500 to 2000 times a day. That means I'd have to send out that many notes with the password each day. I like helping out other artists but I can't quit my job just to send out passwords. Besides, then I'd have no money, lose my internet and no one would get them because I wouldn't be able to upload :lol:

I was a little hurt that over half the respondents to the poll thought it would be too much work for them to take a minute to erase without considering how long it takes me to make a set. And that doesn't include additonal time I commit to responding. I always fav and or comment on every piece made and try to thank everyone who favs or comments. It's sad that so much of society has come to expect something for nothing.

I'm strongly leaning towards copyright texting each brush and not including an image pack. I'd offer the option of the brushes without the copyright text for a small fee.
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Wolven-Goddess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009   Digital Artist
:lol: That's an awful lot of notes.

That is sad. Jya ... I'm sorry to say it, but I think I voted for that option too. ^^ However, that was before I understood fully. Now I'm with the Of course because good quality brushes are worth a little extra effort. option. But of course, I can't change it -sigh-

^^ Yay! n.n Except I'm eternally broke (my government payment is payed into my mother's account, and it all goes towards rent and bills)
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think rent and bills should be outlawed due to their detrimental effect on ones lifestyle :lol:

That's ok, it's a legal right to change your opinion :D

Thanks for your support! :hug:
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Wolven-Goddess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh! Oh! Oh! I totally agree. Bills and rent mean you can't buy anything for yourself. Or other people.

I know. They're so stupid. Even worse is when rent goes up. My income (the amount that I recieve from my government payment) doesn't go up. Why the hell should the rent? Meanie house owners. Just because we have to pay off their mortgage...

Yay! And you're welcome ^^
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silver- Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
i just know you look dam sexy when you are so pissed :)

And here is a link that might be useful myfreecopyright.com
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: Thanks! It must be that whole wild eyed and flushed thing :D

Thanks! I'll be sure to check it out. Right now I'm translating my "Terms of Use" into 30 different languages. :lol:
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silver- Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
why bother? just do 5 English/French/Spanish/Chinese/Arabic
Comen languages, 99% of the world can understand at least one of them.
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: That was a little exaggerated. I was having a drama queen moment :lmao:
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silver- Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
lol well i could have guessed woman in distress :p
To bad your work has been ripped, but myfreecopyright.com is a good website.
And if you would like to do a advanced image search use [link]

Cheers :)
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely will use myfreecopyright.com and thanks for the links! :hug:
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silver- Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Your welcome :)
P.s. i saw a great waterfall brush set i might be able to rip :D
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midnightstouch Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl:
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