[identity profile] jambus-gtx.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] artists_beware
Hello there.

I've been suggested to come here on Artist Beware to explain what has been happening regarding to character and art stealing on a friend's site. It has been happening for a while, and it hasn't really been solved, still. I mostly don't know what I could do, only by myself, and I'm trying to get as much help as I can.

I joined this friend's site, a chat service, which also serves as a character database. But, there's a huge problem with said site. There are... A lot of characters being used without permission, and most of the time given different names and even races, some of these being related to a "closed species" created by one of the users in said site. Most of the time they're not even properly credited, just a link to the place where they took the picture from. I tried to talk about it with the owner of the site, which I know, but I've been pushed back every time I tried to get them on the topic, and most of the time it's not that easy to keep a hold of them, especially as of lately.

Sorry for any grammar error, English is not my main language.

And thank you for any help\advice.

Date: 2016-03-22 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestinaketzia.livejournal.com
Well, the main problem you're going to have is simply there is no protection for a "species". The same also goes for character design, and characters themselves can only be copyrighted under certain circumstances.

The usage of these characters and species falls under the honor system. Folks respect the artist, and thus don't use what the artist has asked others not to. When others fall out of the honor system there's not much that can be done, unfortunately.

The only thing that can be done is to issue a takedown notice on the art itself. See, while the character/ species can't be copyright, the art can be by the original creator. Only the original artist/ copyright holder of the art (if the artist signed it away) can issue these notices, however.

Date: 2016-03-22 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jansither.livejournal.com
You might want to check out Worlize - you can learn a lot about what won't be changed from a site like this by looking at that one. ):
Like Cel said, not much you can do. If the owner won't help, I don't think there is much help.

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