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Kevin Roberts
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. ~Francis Bacon

Current Residence: Spacecoast, Florida
Favourite photographers: Helmut Newton, Gilles Bensimon
Favourite style of art: Photography
Skin of choice: Yes, lots & lots of skin!

DA Copy Rights and Wrongs!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 26, 2012, 1:01 PM

I'm so frustrated with the complete lack of support from DA admin regarding another member that pirated some of my work. I'm considering only uploading low-res images and watermarking them, even though they were originally stolen from another site. That would pretty much ruin the whole experience as far as I'm concerned, for me and probably for some of you as well. (Todd Wood) had a dozen photos of mine in a gallery he called Cape Cod Nudes. Originally stolen from DOMAI or MET-art, he cropped out the identifying info, claimed them as his own, offered them as prints, and submitted them to various DA groups.

Several other members called him on it and contacted me as well. He ignored us and hid our comments. I finally sent him a legal document, a 'Copyright violation  a serious crime' type rather than a 'What the hell are you doing with my photos?' and he finally removed them. Now DA customer service says because he took them down willingly (I call it disposing of the evidence) and they didn't see it themselves (because it took them several days to respond) that there's nothing they can do.

Here's on of the screen shots in my gallery

I have to wonder how many artists have had the entire online experience ruined like this.

Not just by thieves like witchdocktor. I've had my work ripped off many times, that's not what upsets me the most. There will always be lowlifes that can only steal and not create, that try to take credit and profit from others hard work. The worst part is the total lack of support from DA! Even eBay was more helpful, and getting a hold of customer service there is a challenge. to say the least.

I used to love it here, and I've spent a good bit of money too. Not only have I been a paid member for two years but I've given points and ordered prints from other artists, plus I've purchased t-shirts, mouse pads, coffee cups, puzzles, and canvas prints for myself and my customers. The legality of copyright issues aside, it just doesn't make sense from a business point of view.

I'm just very, very disappointed in DA's lack of support. I have screen captures of all witchdoktor's galleries clearly showing the stolen images, date and time and so on. As far as DA is concerned though, if the thief manages to dispose of the goods before he's apprehended then there's no crime!!!

It's the antithesis of everything artists do here, especially given the fact that we all share so freely.

Thanks for letting me rant. I'm interested if any of you have has similar experiences.

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Image-inc Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
Thanks for the fave
kevinroberts Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Professional Photographer
My pleasure, powerful images!
Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016   General Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav: for 'Waiting for the first sting to subside' and the :+devwatch:, Kevin - I have been a great fan of your art for some time now, the more honoured I feel that you have returned the favour now!
kevinroberts Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank-YOU! Looking forward to visiting again soon, spending some more time on DA.
Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016   General Artist
That is great then ... there are worse places to be. :)
leandrobento Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
Do you take photos of aria?
kevinroberts Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional Photographer
Yes, Aria was my model, and we had photos at MET & DOMAI. I just heard she's expecting a baby so maybe I'll get to photograph her again soon!
Zaigwast Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
:iconfemaleexcellence: Join us ! :D .... monthly art promotion awaits those with great art ! :#1:
If you do so, please submit to the correct category and do not forget about the rules. :aww:
ZIGGYCHANGES Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Photographer
Thank Kevin for your words!
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