I am very upset and angry right now...
My latest deviation "Bunny Crescent 2" has done extremely well...but I have encountered a problem that I never had to deal with before. Several people have asked my permission to post this Easter picture of Crescent to their website and they said that they will provide my name and a link to my dA page...and I have no problem with that and so I readily gave my permission.
But then one person didn't even bother to ask my permission, he just sent me a note saying that he posted my picture on reddit.com. He said that he provided info where he got the picture and gave me credit under "Source". But I went to the link he gave me and I didn't see it. I admit I'm not familiar with reddit, but I didn't see my name anywhere, I didn't see nothing I could click on called "source". In fact, if I went by with what I saw then it looked like it was his picture and he submitted it under his name.
I sent him a polite note saying that I didn't mind him posting my picture if he gave my name and a link to my dA page, but it's been 3 days and he never replied. And I went to his page and it said that his last visit was 10 hours ago, so that means that he had time to get my note but the jerk is just choosing not to answer. So then just this morning I sent him an angry note saying:
"I replied that I don't mind you posting my picture if you give me credit by supplying a link, but I didn't see a link or my name anymore...I know you have been on dA since I sent you my note so I know you received it and are choosing not to answer it...
I think it is profoundly rude to post my picture to another website without my permission. Your rudeness has manifested itself tenfold by submitting it under your name. This is my picture and my precious snake!!
Please remove it at once. It is not yours to submit, you don't have my permission-in fact you never asked for it.
If you do not remove it, then I will consider you an art thief!"
I don't expect a reply...and I also called him a thief on his dA page.
I just received another note this morning from a totally different person, saying that he thought I should know that Crescent's picture "Bunny Crescent 2" is making the rounds on Facebook...and without a credit to me or a link. Since I don't have a Facebook account I can't keep track of that...but I think it is profoundly rude for people to take my picture without my permission and submit it to other places and they don't even give me a credit or put my name down anywhere...those people I consider to be no better than art theives.
Well, if anyone out there sees Crescent's picture anywhere else besides deviantArt (and without my name being provided) than you know that it is stolen property. THIS IS MY PICTURE!!!
I have proof such as:
-ownership of Crescent, my precious snake
-ownership of the bunny ears
-I can give the name of my seamstress friend who made the bunny ears
-I still have the original file on my camera
-my computer friend can attest to it too, since he's the one who polishes up my pics and does the photo shopping.
I have had problems with people on deviatnArt before and have stuck around...but the one thing I will not tolerate is art theft. I"ve said to myself that the single reason I would leave dA is if someone stole my art!! I'm not going to put up with this! I WILL LEAVE! I have zero tolerance for art theft...so everyone can consider this picture to be the last picture they will see from me for a long time!! (At least until I can get around to putting a copyright watermark on all my pics). I have already put the picture in question "Bunny Crescent 2" in storage...unfortunately, I don't know how to take it out of storage. I have already noted the Help Desk about that one... I would like to put all my picture into storage but since I haven't figured out how to take them out of storage, I don't think I should...
I just figured out how to take a deviation out of storage...