: Commissions artists using stolen, often doctored art as a "reference". WHEN
: ONGOING FOR YEARS. Records of theft dating back to 2008, possibly much longer. EXPLAIN
: First, tl;dr : Kai is stealing art to pass on to artists as "references" to gain commissioned art of stolen characters, without telling the artist involved that the reference is not their own, OR the artist(s) they stole from.
In April 2011, Kai commissioned me for a certain piece involving their "Asaneth" mech character with Overlai
's "Kuu" character (NSFW: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5539711/
). I thought nothing of it at the time, but soon after realized some of the references they provided for their Asaneth character were a bit suspicious...
(mirrors incase the previous links are removed:
...Considering they look like they were ripped right out of Pixiv or some other japanese scans.
I still have no evidence that Kai ever actually created the character, or even had it created for them, considering they never posted the images to their gallery.
I really should have done something about it, or even asked where they had gotten the art from, but it didn't occur to me until a while after the commission was completed.UPDATE:
"Asaneth" references were confirmed also stolen from a Zone of the Enders fan doujinshi (NSFW)
Anyway, Kai always had a fascination with Overlai's "Kuu" character, but once I stopped maintaining my Vial
account or doing fetish commissions, I guess they decided to just make their own Kuu instead:
(original posts were on Kai's furaffinity page, have since been taken down.)
At first I wrote it off as just some design inspiration, but Overlai took the time to note the original artist, spookable
Spookable: "Hi there. kai provided me with references which I assumed were of her own character when I was commissioned to make the sheet, because that's typically how it's done and until now it'd never been done otherwise. Someone sent me a note informing me of your character after I'd uploaded, who I had never seen before. I genuinely apologize -- If I had known, I wouldn't have taken the commission, and I didn't think this person would have sent me someone else's character images for reference because that's quite literally never been done before."
The refs spookable had been provided to work from were direct edits of MY OWN ART. I had NEVER given Kai permission to use my art. They edited it, removed my name, and passed it on to spookable, deceiving them into believing it was art created for them of their own original character. This was a blatant lie.
My original art (nsfw): http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4616700/
Kai's edited "reference" sent to spookable (nsfw): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/64345918/Ailith.jpg
(the original link was at http://kauske.org/Profiles/Battalion/Kodiak%20fleet/Ailith.jpg
, but was very recently removed)
I'm concerned that this Kai person has a long-running history of theft and deception towards well-meaning artists, and wanted to do something about it. Kai is refusing to work with Overlai or me to resolve the character theft, and has blocked Overlai and I on FurAffinity, and wouldn't talk to us at all in notes or comments. Any comments we had left on their work was deleted (before the submissions themselves were finally removed), and they're trying to pass off our attempts of communication as harassment.
This theft seems to be a LONG-RUNNING PROBLEM. Someone else managed to find this trouble thread:http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-websites-list/2008-January/msg00063.html
...In reference to the "kauske.org" site which seems to be Kai's personal server space, hosting more stolen character art, in 2008
. DO NOT ACCEPT A COMMISSION FROM KAI, THEIR CHARACTERS AND WORK ARE STOLEN!PROOF
: All posted above as links, other sources can be provided on request.
You can contact me as Arupaka