As the title says. Let's talk art theft.
I'll give you a little bit of a backstory here. Art theft is actually what brought me here to DeviantArt nearly nine years ago. I used to use a little place called MediaMiner (which I now avoid like the plague). I posted a few scribbles there, nothing more than the doodles of a child mind in hindsight. Then one day, I got an e-mail from somebody who told me that somebody had stolen one of my pieces from MediaMiner and uploaded it onto here. So I joined this site to ask for the stolen art to be taken down. It was, and I decided this site would better serve my purposes than MediaMiner.
So that's that. I am here because of an act of art theft.
Now, to me and to others, there's a lot that goes into our best works on art on here. It's kind of like we're pouring our thoughts, our own selves in a way, our souls into our art. To be honest, up until I joined the Zootopia fandom I never saw all that much in the way of art theft. But with a franchise that has proved to be as big as Zootopia, inevitably it's resulted in an explosion of fan works... and that has, inevitably, enticed art thieves.
And that's not okay. That's not cool. Like I said, we're pouring our thoughts, our selves into these works, and we're doing it all for free, in our spare time, for the love of doing it. It's an insult when somebody comes along, steals your work and then reuploads it where they can monetize it and claim that it's theirs, when everybody will know it is not. You're the one who has put all that effort in, only for some jerk to take all the credit? Wrong, shameful and despicable.
To the art-thieves themselves, I will make this plain: I DO NOT GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO TAKE MY WORK, UPLOAD IT ANYWHERE ELSE, MONETIZE IT OR DO ANYTHING BEYOND WHAT I UPLOAD IT FOR. If I find out that this has happened, I will do what I must.
The final thing I wish to say here, is this:
With this Journal entry I, gistech, give you, as my followers, the right to file a complaint on my behalf. If you are to come across any work of mine that is either monetized or in any other way "misused", you have my permission to act.
Do notify me first if you see anyone else uploading my work without crediting me. I will contact them about the situation, and if nothing changes, then we can act upon it.