*EDITED Oct. 26*
I've just been informed that the art thieving website is nothing more than a troll. It's real only purpose is to steal personal information from unsuspecting artists/people by infecting their computers with viruses and malware.
Don't go to the thieving website at all! If you've already visited it, clean your computer immediately! I admit I have been fooled into visiting this website, so I shall clean my computer too. I'm sorry for giving you misinformation.
The petition itself is still important since it still needs support to take the website down. Please still sign the petition and share it with others. The petition link itself is still in this journal.
Most of this journal is still relevant, just ignore the parts where I talk about going to the website itself.
Some of you may have noticed my latest status update which said: “I have something urgent I need to tell you all. I don't have time to type a journal about it right now, but I will do it today. Just know it has to do with art theft.”
Now I do have the time to type a journal about it, so be prepared for this journal to be somewhat lengthy (like most of my recent journals <_< ). I will be posting this information here, on my FB page, and on my Steam page as well.
In a previous deviantart journal I discussed the issue of art theft (here> xaolin26.deviantart.com/journa…
). Thanks to the advice of my uncle
I have been able to manage art theft. However, a friend of mine
recently brought a website called Wallpart.com to my attention that has been stealing peoples pictures/photos/artwork and trying to sell them as prints/posters. Without previous knowledge of the website, I searched my username in the search engine and have found many pictures of mine on there (even the images with my watermark on them!). What really shocked me was that a lot of my recent pictures are on there such as my recent TF2 fanart. I wouldn’t be surprised if my newest deviation appears there soon.
As soon as I found out about this I was so angry. Before I did anything too irrational, I researched more information about this website. As it turns out, this website has not only stolen artwork but also photographs from independent artists as well as personal photos from Facebook and other places. According to the article I have read (fstoppers.com/news/website-wil…
) Wallpart may have the stolen images on there, but its sole purpose is to lure people into clicking the links.
I will leave a link to the petition to take it down, though I will not leave the link to the actual sight. If you do want to see if your images are on there or not please be very careful! Don’t click on any of the links besides the search engine. I’m even a little leery of just clicking the search engine button, so be careful if you do go on the website. I think if you use the Google search engine instead it should suffice. According to the article I found, the website intentionally takes images from Google images. So using Google images will give you a rough idea of what is on Wallpart.
As for myself, the things I did search on the website include my own images and images from
<(if you guys happen to read this journal please sign the petition I’m linking!). I stopped there so I wouldn’t run the risk of getting malware on my computer.
- The petition to take this website down> www.change.org/p/remove-wallpa…
I think the best thing me and all of you can do at this point is sign the petition. The more people know about this the better. And the more supporters the petition gets, the better the chances are that something can be done about taking down this website. There’s no guarantee that the website will ever be taken down, but at least some action can be done about it.
What will this mean for the future of my artwork? Art theft is something I’ll have to deal with if I intend to be an artist. Some people have suggested that I should stop putting my artwork on the internet. That would stop the art thieves, however I wouldn’t have the same opportunities I have here now. Ever since I’ve uploaded artwork here I’ve gotten a TON of support from all of you, I’ve made really good friends here, I’m able to support a lot of my friends and inspiring artists here, and I’ve become a better artist and a better person because of my experiences here. I don’t ever want to lose that connection I have with everyone here. So, no! I will never stop uploading artwork! Art thieves are a problem yes. Uploading artwork means I’ll have to deal with both good and bad things, but I’m prepared to face them both.
This means I’ll have to be a little more careful when I upload my original ideas/artwork. Anything that I intend to print or create into a story (my TRACER series, Chinese Culture Camp things) I probably won’t upload until I actually get it published. Though I will continue to upload fanart and random little doodles. Any artwork of mine that has other copyrighted stuff in it should be alright to upload. After all, if an art thief decides to sell/steal my fanart, not only will they be stealing from me but they will be stealing from those companies.
… so that means Wallpart is stealing from SEGA, Valve, and Disney! Three huge companies! There’s no way Wallpart can get away with this.
So sign this petition, help spread the word! Let’s get this website shut down!
And thank you to everyone who took the time to read this! I really need to make my journals shorter…