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Reduced activity on DA

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 31, 2014, 1:37 PM
Hi, dear Watchers.
Due to health issues, my activities are greatly reduced.
I hope to be back soon making fractals and watching great art from you.

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The never ending case of M. Alsdorf

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 24, 2013, 7:58 AM
Hi all,
I want to recap what happened in the last few days to make the case a little clearer.

The community of DA (and not only DA) artists  has been pretty busy over it and the results are now the following:
- She did quit Facebook (but I saved the way she was promoting the sell of stolen art, just in case)
- She deleted all her tweets too, it was over 1000 of them. All the ones I could read were ads for 'her' new artworks on sell (I saved this example of advertising too)
- She deleted all her pins from Pinterest, but all that have been repinned are still visible if you search for her name. In Pinterest too she was promoting the selling of the stolen art.
- She deleted all the images and sets from her Flickr account.
- She hid the links to the PDF files on her website. They were showing calendars, books, collections of our stolen art with prices etc. I could save some of them before she hid them and you can see an example of this evidence (my personal case) here: **** vidom.deviantart.com/art/Vidom… ****
- She never admitted her guilt, saying instead it were the original artists who stole her work.
- She wrote somewhere (I saved the page) that she got 7,000 artworks available. I can't dismiss the fact she has actually done some of them, but my instinct says much differently.
- For what I know, she never answered any message of cease&desist; if someone got a reply from her, please tell me.
- The last few stolen artworks are visible only on Google+/Picasa right now. Many legitimate owners have contacted Google for days but I don't know why they aren't yet removed. I downloaded and saved all the sets anyway, to be used only as evidence if needed. *** NEWS BELOW ***

Until she replies to the artist community declaring to cease and desist from this crime, I'll consider the case open.
Actions are being taken against her from different people, not in revenge but for justice. No artist can be safe in the future if she's allowed to go on with this. Whenever I think at all my art stolen, defaced, printed, sold, and saved forever on her computer I feel so sick you can't even imagine.

My latest deviation in my scraps, which is linked in this journal, is a clear picture of her activity. Multiply it by 100 and you have an idea. I won't ever forget this violation.

I wrote this journal to tell you that many people are still working on it.

Vidom


**** NEWS *****
The Google+/Picasa account has been deactivated finally.

UPDATE Oct 5th, 2013  - 00:00 GMT
SHE'S BACK on Pinterest, please check if any of your works are on sell there... :-(

This morning (in Italy, 09:00 GMT) the links disappeared again.
It could be she reads my journal, or perhaps she makes them visible when someone emails her for buying something, then hiding them again?

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**** IMPORTANT: FOR ARTISTS INVOLVED IN THE THEFT ****
Can you kindly comment on this journal with a link to your stolen artworks? We are trying to make a complete list of the stolen works. Thanks!



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A serious case of art thievery (UPDATED)

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 16, 2013, 1:35 AM
******* LAST UPDATE *******
I'm having trouble adding info on this journal without making it unreadable, and I'm using all my free time to gather more info and evidence of the theft.
Please read the comments of fellow artists down there, they explain much better than what I could possibly repeat here, and they are in chronological order. Thanks :-)

**** UPDATE ****
They found many of her images on Google+ at this address: plus.google.com/10694788924014…
If you please can check them and see if you recognize any of your artwork, stolen, posted there, please SAVE EVIDENCE of the theft before she takes it down!
There are now many angry artists decided to stop her for good, evidence is important!

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Hi all.
I've been notified by :iconeresaw: (thanks!) about a website selling some of my artworks without permission.
This german guy owns a 'gallery' (sigh) which clearly contains stolen art from DA artists. Mostly fractal, fantasy and sci-fi artists. Unfortunately he only submits excerpts of the books he prints, so it's impossible to have a list of all artists who fell victim of his robbery without going to his gallery in Germany.

I already found images of some of my favorite DA artists in there, and I am alerting them as soon as I find their works.
I'm also saving the files he posted for future reference, even if he tried to forbid it by putting passwords on the PDF files.
Furthermore, I've alerted the DA Group :icondoombringers: and I'm sure their work will help.

In my case, he stole dozens and dozens of my artworks without permission, removing my signature and writing his, adding also a fake copyright symbol with an arbitrary year. Of course I have a dozen ways to demonstrate he can't be the author; he also made stupid mistakes which I can't reveal here to not alert him.

In my 5 years of experience on DA this is the second biggest art thievery I saw, after the famous one involving Chad Love Lieberman (you can laugh here if you remember that guy who used the money he made to insure his own nuts)

I NEED HELP from you all! :crying:

If you can please spread this and alert other artists, so everyone can check if their works were stolen, I would much appreciate it :-)

The website is: www.ma1stnews.de/galerie-maran… and you must navigate it clicking on the tabs below and above the images. Clicking on the images will open PDF files.

***UPDATE***
All the links to the books/calendars/prints on sell have been removed from his/her website on Tue Sept 17th 2013
***UPDATE***

For Facebook users: you can also check his page here www.facebook.com/pages/Maran-A…, where dozen of other rip-offs are shown. No need to add that every comment on his FB profile is very welcomed :-)

***UPDATE***
On Tuesday, September 17th 2013 at about 11:40 GMT he removed all stolen images from his FB page
***UPDATE***

I also found him on Flickr, Twitter, Google+, Youtube and Pinterest.

I am trying to have him removing my works for now, but every artist involved should ask him to do it. I know it won't be enough if he owns a physical gallery in his city; that's why I'm also considering measures to have his gallery visited by some kind of authorities.

I'm not accustomed to use DA as a social network for my personal problems, I just wish to add that my artworks are all I've left with in my life. This is a violation very serious to me and I won't have peace until I see a satisfactory end of this thievery.

Have a nice day everyone! :hug:


P.S. My artistic activity is on hold until I'll be able to calm down my nerves.


*****FINAL UPDATE*****
Thanks to all the artists on DA this person finally removed her illegal copies from Facebook, as well as from her online art gallery. In a surreal rant she said she was the victim and we, the original creators of the art she stole, were the cheaters :D

Anyway, this is why you can't find anymore proofs of her criminal activity on those websites. I saved some of her files though, available to anyone who could have doubts about my claims.

I still don't know if she actually owns a physical art gallery or printing shop or whatever. I'm trying to figure it out before deciding if and how best act against her to be sure she won't go on or restart her activity in the future.

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Many thanks dear Vince for the two :+fav:s!Easter Egg8 by KmyGraphicHappy Easter, my friend! :iconcocoglompplz: Coco
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You're welcome, dear Coco! :hug:
Happy Easter too! :Only at Easter: 
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Little White Rabbit by KmyGraphic !!!
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Thank you for the :+fav:!:bow:
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You're very welcome :meow:
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Thank you very much!
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You're very welcome :-)
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Thank you for adding :)
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You're welcome :-)
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