The Way of the Shadow Blade editing progress: Chapter 21 of 32.
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- Mar 13th 2007
- (in my head) Foreigner--Cold as Ice
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One of the people I watch,
, brought it to my attention that she's seen art theft going on, on Sheezy. Sadly this is unsurprising, but I thought this occasioned some words about the need to be on the lookout for art thieves, as well as what to do about them when you catch them. The only way to combat art thieves is by sticking together as a community...kind of the same principle as a neighborhood watch.
The first thing that I think we all need to do is to watch out for our own art. In my case, I Google key phrases from my works every so often to make sure the only hits I get are in places where I have posted or authorized my work to be posted. It doesn't hurt to make it publicly known that you do this. Of course, depending on what an art thief does, this is still not a complete guarantee that you'll find all unauthorized uses of your work. Still, it's an important line of defense and a deterrent.
The next thing is to look out for your friends. In many cases, you'll be quite familiar with the art style and subject matter of the people you watch, and be able to spot a fake if somebody should post it. However, from this point, it becomes extremely important to take care in how you deal with the situation or you could end up destroying your own case and letting a thief go free.
The first thing to do, whether it's your work or someone else's that you recognize as stolen is never confront the thief yourself by comment or PM
. This might seem irrational at first, but there are two ways contacting the thief can go wrong for you. Either the perpetrator will remove the stolen works before site administration can respond to any reports (thus leaving no proof and no way to stop them until/if they steal again), or a dialogue has the potential to turn into a flamewar. Very often when a flamewar erupts, both the thief and the victim/witness will be held responsible--and in the worst cases, the thief may even be able to spin things around to appear as the victim of an unjust attack and get away scot-free. There is no justice in this.
The best thing to do is, then, to not let on to the thief that you've noticed anything. Instead, use the Report button to alert the mods to investigate. This way the thief has no chance to destroy the evidence of his/her thefts, or to blame the situation on the angry commenter who pointed out the theft.
It's very important that we all do this in order to protect each other--some artists here make their living off of their works, and stealing their art is just as bad as stealing from their houses. Even those who do not wish to make money from their work have a right to be known for the uniqueness of their work without any others trying to take the credit. I hope that you will help spread this message--feel free to link this journal in your own journals so that we can be united in our response to art theft!
La guÃa esencial de la Biblia
Murder by Magic: An anthology of twenty short stories including magic and a murder mystery. Includes stories by Diane Duane, Debra Doyle, James MacDonald, and more! There's some good stuff in there... (Only one more story pending...I'll be reading it someday now that I've finished the Mageworlds series.)
Sheezy Works--Clickable links to galleries!
Arbiter K: The Stranger, An Unlikely Exorcist
CafeCliche: Catalyst, Imperial Guard
Kay san: The Dark, Middle Ground
Lilac Wood: Too many to name!
*Sorry if I've forgotten any...also, this is for works with multiple installments only; poetry is not counted.