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Art Theft (UPDATE)

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 20, 2012, 6:33 PM
The Important Stuff

This website (www.dramakoreaterbaru.com) is running a script bot that uses a search-engine like program to find your art and post it without your permission, and sometimes without any credit. There have been reports that posting your name into the search engine actually facilitates the script bot into finding your art. I don't know if that's true. There have also been reports that the ads on these image pages are rife with virus' / malware. There's also reports that these ads are being used to make money and drive traffic through the domain in order to make money off of you.  I urge everyone NOT to use this site. Instead send your complains to:

REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO: whois.domaintools.com/dramakor…
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Name: PT.Belawan Sendiri
Phone: +62.616940770
Email Address: dindaluvcleo@gmail.com

You can also complain to his hosting company:

UPDATE Apparently the hosting has been moved to Atlushost, but according to my DA sources, they have a reputation for not being cooperative. :/

Here is a sample formal DMCA take-down notice geared towards service providers that you may use:




More Important Stuff

I would suggest that if you've already searched through the site for your name that you send a take-down notice to the people/company listed above. Otherwise, STAY OFF THE SITE in order to protect yourself. PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT HERE unless you have important information on the site that you think needs to be in this journal, OR you have a question.  My inbox is getting swamped with irate messages from various deviants, and while I totally understand your anger guys... I don't want to read it. It makes it very hard to get to the important comments! Thank you.

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The hum of my computer
  • Reading: Khet Ch. 9
  • Watching: I can't watch netflix now.
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: cookies. lots of cookies
  • Drinking: orange juice
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:iconvixen525:
Vixen525 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing this makes me think you may be interested in Deviant-Defense group. We are dedicated to finding and eliminating the websites that mass-steal artwork (like AxSoris) I even take the extra step of legal action to make the people pay for what they've done (be it fines or jail time).

deviant-defense.deviantart.com

If I'm wrong about your potential interest, sorry to have bothered you. Either way, I'll add this site to the list of targets.
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:iconmanga-samurai:
Manga-Samurai Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So its kinda ike stealers right
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:iconjessmia:
jessmia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not pulling up the website on google chrome for me.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I believe it may have been taken down at this point, I've had two reports spread out over two weeks that people can't get in ^^ We may have won.
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:iconhawkbutt:
hawkbutt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just got on it :c I guess it's not
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:iconjessmia:
jessmia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! c:
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:iconkittykam:
Kittykam Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so what's the new website? or is it completely dead? I'm confused because the site listed is dead.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it may be that they've taken it down already, I haven't checked back in awhile. No one's brought me a new host yet, so I assume they haven't switched yet.
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:iconkittykam:
Kittykam Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh okay, I'll keep checking the journal :)
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:iconextremeyaoifanatic:
ExtremeYaoiFanatic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm glad I'm enough of a loser to not have had anything stolen yet, at least. I guess being unpopular has its advangates.
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:iconextremeyaoifanatic:
ExtremeYaoiFanatic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*advantages
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:icona-ka-neart:
a-ka-neArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, bug update! In between this being written and now the hosting went to atlushost. This company has a reputation for ignoring complaints and their sites run rampant with malware and theft.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
argh :/ the first host didn't do any better than that either - they just transferred to someone else.
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:icona-ka-neart:
a-ka-neArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. I contacted the one and they said that the site was no longer with them. Hopefully it's still worth a shot to contact the staff.
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:icona-ka-neart:
a-ka-neArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*big
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:iconfreedom-the-batxd:
Freedom-the-batxD Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwhatthehellplz: WTF, my artwork is being stolen as well TT^TT
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:iconjesterofthedarkcourt:
JesterOfTheDarkCourt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
aww none of my art is there it just shows my friends i am strangely jealous
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:iconpoundthemochi:
poundthemochi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Artist
Wow! I got someone who said they saw my art on there! I thought it was just some korean drama site!
Might as well go and fill out the form.
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:iconmaggiecandy:
MaggieCandy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thanks for the warning hon! :iconthankyouplz:
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:iconrozen-meimei:
Rozen-Meimei Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Do you think the dA administrators know about this?
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes, several people say they've informed them ^^
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:iconrozen-meimei:
Rozen-Meimei Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Let's just hope everything ends well on our side.
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:iconbluerosepetalsqueen:
BlueRosePetalsQueen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Mines too they got mines nad my friends branch assholes
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:iconzzwriter:
zzwriter Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nothing of mine showed up, but a lot from the favorites on my old account did.
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:iconmaxiapumi:
MaxiaPumi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too!
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:iconrinic-the-fox:
Rinic-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, it looks like I found another one: besthomedecorators . com

So far I found a Magazine cover that I've made there, along with a picture I made as well. Though this site seems to also cover other Third Parties with matching tags, such as Office or Magazine.

Just giving a heads up, it's seriously pissing me off -.-"
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:iconthelegendarytrainer:
TheLegendaryTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In the DCMA policy section of that site you can send them an email if your stuff is being used and you don't want it there.
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:icongalaxyfart:
GalaxyFart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry if I'm bothering you, but if the rumor that going on the website will give your computer a virus is true, then how are we going to find out if our art IS there?
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
with a good pop up blocker and some antivirus you should be safe. i use vast antivirus and a pop-up blocker and I haven't had a single problem :3 you should be okay as long as you don't go into the individual art pages .. run a search, look at the list, but don't click any links past that -- that's where most of the advertising is held
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GalaxyFart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I have Norton Antivirus, but I don't have a pop-up blocker.

What if the thing regarding the rumor that says that they'll find your art on the web if you search your URL or dA username in the search engine?
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't believe that rumor's true. i've seen people search and their art not come up at all, and i've seen people search and only get their really really old works - nothing new. if it were searching for the stuff as you searched for it, it should come up with your newer, most easily found stuff, not obscure images from years ago.
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:iconfoxygrimreapess:
FoxyGrimReapess Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I thought I'd give you an update about the website Dramakoreatabaru.com or whatever it is under. Mostly about the hosting site that it's suppose to be under. I've told you before that I sent a report into the hosting page for the site's removal. Earlier today, I've recived a message back from them, claiming that they don't have the site in their domain/hosting list. I thought you should know so you can go on and update the information on the journal.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
they're lying XD they told someone else that too but according to public record (whois) which cannot be falsified, they are the hosting company.
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:iconfoxygrimreapess:
FoxyGrimReapess Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well. I'll try again into getting them to shutting down the site.
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:iconacwn-designs:
ACWN-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has any one had the company or this guy get back to them? I sent the guy two emails and the company the DMCA letter over a week ago... I've gotten no reply from either. My stuff is still up on this guy's page.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard that at least one or two people got replies from the company - mostly complaining about how they had to submit a good formal DMCA takedown notice (they hadn't at the time), but that's it.
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:iconacwn-designs:
ACWN-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oi, update... I just got an email back from the supposed hosting company after sending in a DMCA. They're saying the domain in question is not on their network.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lmao omg they lie. it's part of public record.
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:iconacwn-designs:
ACWN-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you show me so I can point it out to them? Cause I looked at that record thing, but I cant make heads or tails of it...
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:iconacwn-designs:
ACWN-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Greeeat... *sighs* Guess I need to go resubmit it ><
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank u
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:iconjakkrobbit:
JakkRobbit Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I heard on tumblr that the site isn't actually claiming anyone's art as their own. It's more like a basic search engine.
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:icondarlingmionette:
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's what people are spreading around, but it isn't accurate -_- i've heard that like eight times now XD
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:iconburi288:
Buri288 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not just a search engine. It may function like one to a point, but the owner of the blog is making money off that artwork.
Quote from a comment by *pandakunoichi18:
"At this point, I would hope whoever is investigating to really look at what kind of site it actually is: an illegal operation to garner revenue per click from the "search engine" using stolen pictures/whatever else may have been stolen. Even the possible viruses that lurk there should be a red flag to the investigators."
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:icondavendra-sh:
Davendra-SH Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait...

PT? +62? Terbaru?

.....

What has my country become :iconmingflailplz:
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:iconmewtwolover:
Mewtwolover Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Checked that site(I have its scripts and ads blocked so it's safe) and found 3 of my pics from DA. I lol'd when I noticed that one of them([link]) was just resized thumbnail instead of the real pic.
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:icondapperdoom:
DapperDoom Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It seems like a Google images minus the point of getting to the original links.
which means you only get to stuff by typing in the name, so if someone is looking for there art they have to search you. I tested it with my deleted account.
like on Google images, it only gave me my favs.
but on there it doesn't provide a link.
so basically you're Googleing art without links
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:iconburi288:
Buri288 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The owner of the blog is gaining revenue with each click on a piece, too. He's making money off our artwork.
Quote from a comment by *pandakunoichi18:
"At this point, I would hope whoever is investigating to really look at what kind of site it actually is: an illegal operation to garner revenue per click from the "search engine" using stolen pictures/whatever else may have been stolen. Even the possible viruses that lurk there should be a red flag to the investigators."
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:iconsilver-chimest:
Silver-Chimest Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I found a lot of my works up there.. How do I contact them so they can take my art down?
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:iconkalinel:
Kalinel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found 15 drawings stolen from me but not by using my current dA username, but using my old one.
I also found one stolen by the name - "Why aren't there any green content folders" - the thing that says on one of my custom boxes. THIS IS WAY TOO WEIRD.
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