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Theft Site or Hotlinking from Hell for ad Revenue?

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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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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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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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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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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LongBow986 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
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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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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