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  • It is terrible that your work ended up being stolen. Personally, I wouldn't allow a few bad apples to ruin it for everybody. Don't let the few speak for the many as they say.
    5 days ago
    Does Wish allow outside sellers (like Amazon, etc)? You could just report the page, it usually works. I get my ball-jointed doll photos stolen for recast pages all the time. I've stopped caring. It's better to focus on being creative than hunting down all these pages.
    5 days ago
    It is unfortunate but I hope that doesn't stop you from doing what you like. NOT taking pictures of your figures isn't going to stop bootleggers, they will just find other images to use.
    We're all smart enough here to not buy the fakes, and whoever is dumb enough to buy them will be sorely disappointed they did not get the figure shown in (your) pictures.
    5 days ago
    I don't think it's anything you should stop doing what you enjoy or have a moral crisis over, they needed a good looking picture to sell their fake and if yours weren't there, they'd just use someone else's. Anything with good intentions can easily be misused, but it's on the fault of who's misusing it, not whoever created it in the first place. Image theft for shady shit is inevitable so the best way to combat it is to keep people aware of how to spot these fakes, reverse image searching, asking for dated pictures, etc.
    5 days ago
    Hmm my only idea is to either 1: post less and 2: post figures that dont have counterfeits -- so mostly figures from older animes

    So sorry this happened to u :o I mean the problem is the interest is a vast place so if not your pics someone else will be used.

    Can also make a private instagram account as well.
    5 days ago
    RPG_FAN1285 days ago#90023904Sounds like a case of 'public domain' issues. (My cousin is a lawyer so she is always quoting famous cases and stuff haha) Once you post something to the internet (or social media) you really don't have any control over it any more.
    The only solution is not to post.

    You don't lose copyright and it's not public domain just because you posted it online. It's just ridiculously expensive and difficult to enforce your rights, particularly across borders, that your average person can't afford to protect their rights.
    5 days ago
    Sounds like a case of 'public domain' issues. (My cousin is a lawyer so she is always quoting famous cases and stuff haha) Once you post something to the internet (or social media) you really don't have any control over it any more.

    The only solution is not to post.
    5 days ago
    Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
    Stereoman5 days ago#89992514I don't know if this will help since you want to avoid watermarking.
    However, when I ran an account for my cat, it reached several thousands of followers. People started stealing my photos and cropped the watermark away. I started doing watermarks in odd places after that. I'd place the watermark really close to the subject without covering it. So sometimes, I'd place the watermark above my cat's head but between the ears. Or, I'd put it somewhere in the background where it would be difficult to edit it out (pattern heavy background). I'd say you could try something like that with your figure photography.
    Really sorry to hear your photos were stolen. It is so sad when creativity is used without permission for garbage reasons.


    Thz, just like what other said, maybe watermarking strategically...

    That's really helpful!! Let me think about it.
    5 days ago
    Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
    murialita5 days ago#89992755Several times I've found my pictures being used on eBay for bootlegs, or my videos being used by foreign stores, or even worse, having the video edited and posted as their own. I've had friends send me links asking if it was me selling something because they recognized the picture.
    But probably the worst I've found is people sending out links to my profile on MFC, claiming it was theirs and trying to sell figures. You can try reporting images, filing claims, etc, but the internet is the internet, and many people consider anything on it to be public domain, even if it is not. Bootleggers obviously aren't interested in following the law, so they are going to do whatever no matter what you do. Really probably the best thing you can do is if there's a comment field, leave a comment letting people know that it's a stolen image, or if someone asks you about it, tell them the truth.


    I wanna tell those pirates "plz just stick with official product shots dun bother to get MFC pics" XD
    5 days ago
    Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
    Demigod_Dan5 days ago#89992497Hi, not surprised to hear about this...I stick to a few non figure loot articles (basically stuff that doesn't get bootlegged) instead of reviewing figures etc. because those certain people who are unaccountable for breaking the law this way are going to benefit much more from doing so than the amount of people who would enjoy seeing such an article/review.
    Basically as of now the internet is a mess, the laws surrounding China are a mess, MANY cities in all parts of the world are a mess, and so forth. It all points towards a lack of proper leadership collectively, and that is very worrisome. And since not all people who would be capable of that have died out yet, I would even accuse the powers that be of keeping things the way they are atm on purpose. Since the possible reasons for that = at least partly speculation I can't talk about it in detail here, but that doesn't change how crappy this is and that sharing something on an even remotely 'public' access hub / community results in this.
    I disagree with people telling you to basically stick your head in the sand because it's an enabling standpoint to take. Then again I don't think the watermark part is a good idea either. But then again if everyone took my stance then there wouldn't be much of a community because no one would post anything of "view-worthy quality" for figures at least lol. So it's a tough one, really...bleh
    tharglet5 days ago#89992498I'd say it's worth watermarking anyway - even if it *can* be cropped or edited, most of the time people stealing the work don't even bother. So the watermark might as well let people know where to find the good stuff!
    If you watch the full video I linked to another user below, there's an example of some leggings printed with a watermark.
    It sucks that happened - not sure why they bothered - usually they'll just use the manufacturer's pics. Usually when I've looked at bootleg listings they're the manufacturer shots or pics of the bootlegs themselves. Unusual for them to use anything else, very unfortunate.
    Only way to prevent art theft is not to upload at all sadly. Passworded access may work for a time, but you may eventually get a naieve person or a bad actor who uploads your work elsewhere, and for it to leak that way. With sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, users are encouraged to share photos, and then it can spiral from there even if the person was only intending to share some great photography they found.


    Exactly like what you said, this is a tough choice.
    5 days ago
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