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Journal Entry: Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:08 PM
:wow: :police: :faint:

Here we go again, to quote Ronald Reagan during a debate against Walter Mondale in, um, oh a long time ago (1980)..... skydancer-stock sent a link via note of a Korean website featuring clearly stolen art from deviantART. SkyDancer had received a note from Just-A-Little-Knotty, whose own work is on the site. Again, as with the last time, the deviant name remains in the title of the work being posted, so it is easily found.

Every so often I Google my screen name to see where my deviations have ended up. I get bored after perusing a few pages of what comes up in the search, but it does amaze me just how far and wide my deviations have gone, even though my art isn't anything special.

Korean Drama is the website in question. Right off the bat I see devs I recognize from skydancer-stock, then devs from gild-a-stock and stock from the gallery of
GillianStock. Checking my own screen name (yes, using the search on the site typing in your own screen name will bring up all your ripped works) I found items from my stock site, as well as traditional art from my WDWParksGal site. One stock is a recent posting, so I know the site owner must check deviantART often. Also, I typed in thefantasim and sure enough, here are her works! If I typed names I could think of all night long, I wonder if they would all come up revealing ripped art????

I find this a bit scary; when I looked up my daughter's screen name I found a variety of items from her sites, including her devID. It is a conundrum as to why the site would include her or any ID.

I wonder if Casperium can get an award for the most stolen deviations? Or perhaps that award should actually go to briannacherrygarcia who has nearly 13,000,000 (uh-huh... 13 million) pageviews and a bazillion stolen art pieces :hmm:; however, I digress: Every time I turn around it seems I find a stolen nebula work from my dA friend a fellow CV when I was a volunteer. Great talent creates great art theft.

Please check the site to see if any of YOUR work has been stolen. Each time I thought of a screen name, art and/or stock for that person came up in the search. The site must be huge, and I could NOT find any place to file a complaint. The site has its own copyright at the bottom of each page. Bastard.

(:bulletblue:KV-Arts said that tattooingtattoodesigns has stolen two of her tattoo designs with her new screen name along with eleven from her old name. If you're a tattoo artist, be sure to check the site; however, be warned: The contact link just sends you back to the front page!)

{Casperium says the Korean site may be a scam to sell ads ~ could the site be interconnecting to deviantART using a script of some sort to connect the two sites? The ads are the "hunt that person down" type of ads. Frightening!}

:pointr: The following is what Just-A-Little-Knotty came up with trying to find the source of the site when skydancer-stock asked her if there was any way to DCMA the site (Elandria has providing additional info!:

"I cant find one. But I did trace the server:
Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars.

Domain Name: DRAMAKOREATERBARU.COM
Registrar: NAME.COM LLC
Whois Server: whois.name.com
Referral URL: [link]
Name Server: NS3.SOPWER.COM
Name Server: NS4.SOPWER.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 27-aug-2012
Creation Date: 08-apr-2011
Expiration Date: 08-apr-2013

>>> Last update of whois database: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:29:10 UTC <<<

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring registrar. Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.

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Another article pertaining to art and stock theft. This time it is a Korean website and the amount of art stolen is extensive. Every screen name I typed into the search on the site (since the screen name remains in the title the search reveals all the stolen art for that deviant) came up with stolen art and/or stock. I could not find a way to file a complaint anywhere on the site.
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:iconsonicthevampire411:
Sonicthevampire411 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
my art was found by me, I wish there was some way to stop it...
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:icontwins72-stocks:
Twins72-Stocks Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
OMG really find many of mines and also my ID and many many other stockers ,this is sooo .....
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Also hey, just saw this whch y’know makes way more fuckin sense

“”GUYS STOP PUTTING SEARCHES INTO THAT WEBSITE!!! DO NOT EVEN VISIT IT!

It’s a site that works like a search engine and once you enter your username it can search the web and collect the information that way, similar to google. I can’t see how else it could possibly have almost every single person who searches for themselves on that site.

I do not believe the site actually hosts your images, but instead snags them up AFTER you make a search. THE MORE YOU SEARCH THE MORE IMAGES/LINKS ARE FARMED ONTO THE SIGHT. THE SITE ALSO SHOWS SIGNS OF HOSTING MALWARE!

DO NOT GO TO THIS SITE. DO NOT ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SEARCH FOR THEIR USERNAMES. There is already plenty of evidence to show that this is a bad site and there is no reason you should put your computer at risk. If you are wondering if your stuff will show up, chances are it will, only BECAUSE you searched in the first place! Don’t let curiosity kill the cat this time!

Read the journal to find the steps you need to take if you wish to report the site BUT DO NOT VISIT IT. You can report the site without needing to visit it.”“

apparently this is going around tumblr but I’m not sure where the original post is.
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that makes sense. There are sites that have my wallpapers and some of my manips actually posted on their site since the download goes to a completely different place, but in the case of this site I can see how it would troll for my deviations after linking to it. As long as a wallpaper site links back to my own or gives me credit at least, I do not care, but just to take another deviation, such as a manip, is annoying. The stock is free-use however, so that isn't important.

Thanks for the info :nod:
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:iconjust-a-little-knotty:
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree. People shouldn't go to the site & give it more clicks.
However, when I found it, I was searching my screen name on google images. So they must be using some sort of code for that as well :nod:
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people have just too much time on their hands. You would think people would want to be a little more creative with their time rather than write code to increase site views and annoying people!
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:iconjust-a-little-knotty:
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Agreed!
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:icondeaddoll00:
deaddoll00 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend just pointed me at this website. Both his and my work has been posted there as well.
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:iconlongbow986:
LongBow986 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have additional infomation below with IP address included. but before i include it, i have my own stuff on there as well! im surprised!



IP ADDRESS FOR SITE: 74.86.97.180

DNS servers:
ns3.sopwer.com
ns4.sopwer.com

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT INFO
PT. Belawan Sendiri
Mhd Husin
Jl Cianjur brt no 7
belawan
medan
sumut
20412
ID
Phone: +62.616940770
Email Address: dindaluvcleo@gmail.com
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:icona-q-u-a-k-i-t-t-y:
A-q-u-a-K-i-t-t-y Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
None of my art is there.. o3o
GOOD. :D
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:iconccgonzo12:
CCgonzo12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine is on their too! This site needs to be shut down!
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:iconmorikun-rinari:
morikun-rinari Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I found my works, and other dA artists' works, on this site as well: [link]
Also this site: [link] (Type in "deviantart" or username for this site in the search engine.) I've found my work on there when I was doing a Google search on my username (urbaniteln14).
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:iconhaplessartist:
HaplessArtist Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the second one is a search engine the first looks exactly like the one everyone is being stolen from.
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:iconmanifestedsoul:
ManifestedSoul Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I also searched my username and found 13 of my deviations!!! :angered:
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:iconfaerismoka:
faerismoka Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I searched up my username = BOOM none of my work is there. :iconmingplz:

But then I search up my bestie's username, ~BlueIcey. ALL of her art is in there. WTF.

I looked through the site; I looked at their front page, and there actually IS Korean Drama novelas. But. . .why resort to art theft. . .? :?

But then I also looked up my other friends username, ~PrimadonnaSouLa. Her art's there too! :wow:

but then I found resemblance:
Both of my friends that I had searched up were KPop lovers, and had art with either:
- Korean romanized titles
- Korean romanized tags
- Relevance to anything Korean OR Japanese.

It's just an observation.
But they also have stocks there.
And art of many famous deviants and CVs.

Oh my god, when will they be reported.
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:iconthelemonpiper:
thelemonpiper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Websites owned by the same people:
freestockvector.com.com (redirects to dramakoreaterbaru.com) - Complain to abuse@melbourneit.com.au
free-graphic-vector93.tumblr.com
allfreefont.com
dindong.net
docknyonyacantik.com
doknc.com
dramakoreaterbaru.info
jambrong.com
jambrong.org
laptop-games.net
mantap.net
ngebook.com
nokia-games.org
nowberita.com
pelauts.com
searchenginefiles.net
searchmyfile.net
siapek.com
tabloidfresh.com
tehaha.com

Whois for freestockvector.com (with owner info!) - [link]
Owner name: mdh hasan
Address: jl.ciajur barat no. 7 belawan
medan
20412
sumut
Indonesia
(Mohammed Hasan
Jl. Ciajur Barat No. 7
Kelurahan Belawan, Kecamatan Medan Belawan
Medan 20412
North Sumatra
Indonesia)
Email: freestockvector@yahoo.com (but he appears to have many email addresses - yuriko_amelia@yahoo.com is an interesting one)

From here: [link]
Phone: +62.81361542647
Email: blog_aku2@yahoo.com

SORRY I KEEP POSTING I JUST LOVE THE THRILL OF DIGGING UP SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE ONLINE. lol
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of the email addresses I have tried are defunct. Thanks so much for all your research and comments!
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:iconrequiemachina:
Requiemachina Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
[link]

yep. Only my best ones got there...lol

Plus, my sister's work is up there too.
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:iconthelemonpiper:
thelemonpiper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

^ This is interesting. It looks like it was a legitimate Korean pop culture website pretty recently. I have a friend who lives for Korean stuff...I'll have to ask her if she remembers ever coming across this site.
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me know if she does remember the site. Someone could have hacked into it then placed a code that searches for stuff that comes up when someone researches his/her screen name.
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:iconthelemonpiper:
thelemonpiper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, definitely some kind of automated thing. One of my pictures is of a dress from the Kent State Museum that I posted in my journal recently.

I wonder why it's called Korean Drama? Is that some kind of joke, or is it supposed to be an attempt to make it look more like a legitimate website?
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:iconthelemonpiper:
thelemonpiper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh shit, they're posting stuff from my historical fashion blog too (OldRags). A lot of that stuff is from museums and legally CAN NOT be posted without crediting the source. Most of the museum names were caught fully (or almost fully) in the title, but there's one that has no source. I don't think the Met Museum would be very happy about that, especially since they're essentially using this site to make money.
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:iconbeachbead:
beachbead Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tryed to search but it will not let me.
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:iconkonekotsukino87:
konekotsukino87 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
so for kicks I decided to type in my DA name and sure enough my art came up. This sort of ticks me off just a little bit. I even checked my old DA name and pieces were showing up that had the notice that I had moved pasted all over them. Also the picture quality was horrible on those pieces.

[link]
[link]
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The site has to be a massive hot-linking site that uses a script to connect to deviantART directly to whomever the search is done for. It may be a scam to get ad revenue from the advertisers by providing a way to get site views. I got a link to what could be the housing site but the email did not work. Sigh. The site has had four prior housing hosts. Will see what else can be found to try and get this site down.
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:iconfrocktarts:
FrockTarts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My stuff is up there? :( WHo dose I write to complain too, this is huge. :-/
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:iconthelemonpiper:
thelemonpiper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Possible customer service e-mails to try:

SoftLayer Technologies (US) - abuse@softlayer.com, (phone) 1-214-442-0605, (fax) 1-214-442-0601. International numbers: [link]

Name.com - www.name.com/abuse

Protected Domain Services DCMA takedown service: [link] It costs $19.99. I don't feel that strongly about this, but maybe some of you do? It's a generator for a legal letter requesting your stuff to be taken down, complete with where to send it to. You may want to ask whether this letter would be sent to the owner of the website or the registrar because it would probably be a waste of time to send it to the owner.

Protected Domain Services abuse: [link] Use this to request that the owner's anonymity be lifted.

The site is powered by WordPress.org (not .com), but they say they can't do anything about abuse because they only provide the layout. Customer service provided this link: [link] They suggest taking screenshots - anything to document what's going on.
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought I had a viable email for the hosting site but, alas, it didn't work. This has to be a massive hotlinking scam to get ad revenue. Will keep looking to see if a viable complaint forum can be found and will let you know.
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:iconilantiis:
iLantiis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So in an effort to spam you XD, I leave you this link [link] should anyone want to make a complain with Name.com. It shows that they ARE the registrar which makes them liable for this illegal activity under the DMCA.
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:spam: :giggle: I tried that email address earlier and it didn't work. Then I tried to search using the email address but didn't get a response except to try and sell me domain names. The KoreanDrama site has had four prior hosting sites and is connected to Word Press somehow. When reading the Word Press site there was information saying it would help find a hosting site while still using Word Press but WP doesn't have a direct way to contact the site. Glad you found the Name.com site to file a complaint.
Your contact is the first actual connection to complain to. Realizing the KoreanDrama site already has prior hosting engines whoever is running it just may find another way to run the site while allegedly trying to scam the ad companies by getting site views. Somehow there has to be some sort of script hotlinking all these deviations to the site since the problem seems to be so pervasive!
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:iconilantiis:
iLantiis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also sent a ticket to the help desk to ask if there is anything dA can do on this end to stop this kind of hotlinking. Because I think this is hotlinking. No way someone has this kind of time to farm peoples galleries and faves like this.
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are right about that! I wrote the article about hotlinking that *thefantasim posted for Project Educate because I feel it is the bane of this site. It screws with statistics, too, which I find annoying. One way I figure out what stock is popular is to check the downloads, so I can post more stock similar to it for the community. Let me know if the help desk says anything outside of "sorry, no"!
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iLantiis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am afraid it will be "sorry, no" but it is worth my time to ask. I hate that my art gets all over the interent especially since I sell some of it.
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:iconilantiis:
iLantiis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, from Name.com's Registration Agreement: "You agree and warrant that you are the copyright holder or have obtained permission to use any content, images or associated content on your web site. Name.com is subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and reserves the right to suspend or terminate any hosting account which is non-responsive to notifications regarding contested content."

I made a complaint. We shall see what happens. I explained that this person does not allow commenting or have any contact info available and when checking WhoIs that they are linked as the domain and registrar.
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:iconilantiis:
iLantiis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A bunch of my stuff is there too which perplexes me because I state right on my works in the description that they are NOT to be reposted. You also can't leave feedback. A LOT OF MY FAVES are also listed as "Favorites by The Lantiis" too. And I note that a bunch of my friends works are also there. And you are correct, I can't find anywhere to file a complaint. However, I found this (turns out they are registered in the USA so we CAN FILE COMPLAINTS):

Get your domains at Name.com.


Domain Name: dramakoreaterbaru.com
Registrar: Name.com LLC

Protected Domain Services Customer ID: NCR-3210890

Expiration Date: 2013-04-08 18:54:54
Creation Date: 2011-04-08 18:54:54

Name Servers:
ns3.sopwer.com
ns4.sopwer.com

Domain privacy provided by Protected Domain Services. For more information see www.protecteddomainservices.com

REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO
Protected Domain Services - Customer ID: NCR-3210890
P.O. Box 6197
Denver
CO
80206
US
Phone: +1.3037474010
Email Address: @protecteddomainservices.com

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT INFO
Protected Domain Services - Customer ID: NCR-3210890
P.O. Box 6197
Denver
CO
80206
US
Phone: +1.3037474010
Email Address: @protecteddomainservices.com

TECHNICAL CONTACT INFO
Protected Domain Services - Customer ID: NCR-3210890
P.O. Box 6197
Denver
CO
80206
US
Phone: +1.3037474010
Email Address: @protecteddomainservices.com

BILLING CONTACT INFO
Protected Domain Services - Customer ID: NCR-3210890
P.O. Box 6197
Denver
CO
80206
US
Phone: +1.3037474010
Email Address: @protecteddomainservices.com

Timestamp: 1355418116.5271



Cached on: 2012-12-13T10:01:56-07:00

Information Updated: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:01:58 UTC
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autumnsmuse Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
A lot of my stuff is coming up from licensees websites, Digital Artist Daily, Advanced Photoshop, EBSQ, Photoshop Creative, etc. I think it is probably some kind of a script, I'm just having a hard time believing someone would go through and save and upload ALL of those images. Plus it generates pop-ups in the background as you are browsing.
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is what I am thinking, that is some sort of script hotlinking back to dA. Hotlinking is still illegal and annoys the crap out of me, since hotlinking uses server space on dA, which could slow down the entire site. I don't think the works in this case are reloaded, I truly think all are hotlinked via a script. I have seen my stuff reloaded on other sites as they come up in an alternate window with no connection back to my sites, but some of my deviations have been hotlinked causing the downloads to outpace the deviation views. One deviation on my other site had 62,000 downloads but less than 30,000 views before I disabled the downloads. If a wallpaper site has my wallpaper listed with a link back to my sites to download, that is fine, but I really get ticked when my stuff is hotlinked as a background image of some sort.

I got the pop-ups, too. The Korean Drama site has had four prior hosting sites, so it is all together possible when it gets taken down, the person running the site will just find a new host. I think the hotlinking is a way to get additional traffic to the site to scam the ad companies who pay the site according to site views!
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:iconposerfan:
poserfan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional
I do not only find my devID, but also some of my artworks who are currently in storage as well as some stock and even Journal Skins who only work here!!!!!!!!! :slamhead:
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:iconwdwparksgal-stock:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is why I think the site is using a script to hotlink back to dA in order to get additional traffic to the site to scam the ad companies who think that the site is getting an incredible amount of site views. `The-Lantiis filed a complaint with Name.com since they have to abide by the DCMA law. That may be down the line to whom to complain to, but other options are not providing a way to complain or the email providing is not working :shakefist:
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:iconposerfan:
poserfan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional
It's not hotlinking - the images are on their server. Since the roseric incident I have most of my artworks in storage,the ones this site shows are in storage too. So, if they are hotlinking, the images should no longer be seen. I changed my dA Manga id, but the site shows the old one. If they were hotlinking, it should show the new one. All the images I found on this site are in the subfolder dramakoreaterbaru.com/uploads/large/ but they have the original names dA gave them including the part of the original address of the large images.

Couldn't find anything either as to where to file a complaint. So Name.com is the only option right now.
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da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
There are devs from both of my accounts, and then one from my dad's Favourites (he favourited one of my artworks and that's how the thief found it).

However I closer look at the above result and I'm starting to have another idea. When you load the default http:// www. dramakoreaterbaru.com/ site by clicking on the text at the top of the page, it takes you to their homepage - basically a fan-site for K-pop and J-pop, etc..., but there doesn't appear to be any ripped artworks. I think what is instead happening is the site is hooked up to a generic search engine that has not been configured to search only their site, but rather it searches the internet for the most relavent results.

There are a couple reasons why I think this:

-First, there is no pattern to the results, except they are all images. There are no archive files (RAR, ZIP, 7ZIP, etc...) or multilayer files (PSD, XCF, etc...) or text documents (txt, pdf, doc, etc...). As you said yourself there are loads of images and they have no pattern - devIDs, stock images, random backgrounds - that's a lot of searching, saving and uploading...

-Second, I saved the webpage to disk and actually looked at the code. While I can't understand most of the javascript code, the actual webpage is more straightforward. If I'm not mistaken, the pages are all generated based on the user's search results. I went to DA's front page and grabbed the names of 3 random deviants, and all 3 came up as results on the site (though one had only one result - the rest were other random images containing the same title-text).

The script then creates a temporary folder and page dedicated to that result. It can also generate a comments page based on the name of the result too. Man if it is really saving all this information to server...someone is about to hit their server bandwidth and storage limit really fast!

The copyright at the bottom of the page is generated by default, and if i had to guess I would bet the site owner just intended it to appear on the main page, rather than every page (not that there should be one on the front page either, but that's besides to point :D

And...there was something else but I just forgot :facepalm:

I hope this helps and relieves some of everyone's stress a bit. Finally a theft site that we can relax about.
Dan
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. I figured that there was a script hotlinking back to dA. Your thought is quite comprehensive. I truly believe the person behind the site is trying to increase ad revenue by making it look like there are sizable site views to collect more money, and is doing so by the script and hotlinking back to dA and other sites. The site has had four previous hosting engines, so it has probably been taken down then started back up. If and when it gets taken down again, it will probably go back up again since the person behind it is allegedly more interested in ad revenue then art. It is the ad companies getting scammed in this case!
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da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I didn't think of it that way, but you make a good point.
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:iconbradleypitt:
BradleyPitt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
THIS IS STOLEN [link]
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:iconbradleypitt:
BradleyPitt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Not by me BUT, its in my Faves
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:iconlorreinegeralde:
lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately, 6 of crappy artworks get stolen there (with of my artwork is created through a collaboration between my friend and I). Even some of my friends' artworks get stolen at the same time. :facepalm:

I think we can report it if it is a scam...but what will happen if it doesn't work? :hmm: Maybe we need to create a petition to fight against that site. :shrug:

And oh, here are the links :[link] :[link] Seriously, I grump because of this disgusting thing. :grump::grump::grump::grump::grump:
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morikun-rinari Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
It looks like the website fell apart and the domain name is now on sale.
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. I only wish that it will never happen again. :worry:
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An email address that was part of the public domain information didn't work, but there are other comments with information in them, so will see if there is somewhere to file a complaint.

For sure it is a scam, since the site is allegedly working to get the site views up through hotlinking with dA. The more views the higher the ad revenue. Will keep trying to find a way to contact a hosting site to complain, but the site has had four prior hosting sites already!
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like that email address is fake but it will be a great idea to take down the site if there are some information in any comment. :plotting:

I guess the same thing too. Talking about hotlinking, isn't it kinda like making any URL short like adf.ly? And four prior hosting sites...that's weird. I think these sites are linked each other using the same script. :hmm:
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