Bump (don't let this go unnoticed, everyone)
Hello, first time doing this so bear with me.
It was recently brought to my attention through a tumblr message that they've been stealing art and ocs from various people.
The post in question, from the person being stolen from is here, not only have they been stealing from this person, but they have been selling them (some people on here, have accidentally bought these designs, due to not being aware of this!)
Examples of art stolen, there's a LOT more, but these are the best examples right now!
Now, when I sent AVIIAN a message, asking about this, having sent them 200 points for a commission (which i guess I can prove if thats important in anyway);
They deactivated their account straight after sending it, and they have also edited their profile here;
Currently contacting the tumblr user and planning to make a post there to reply to the message I received, in order to let them know that at least they've stopped on that account. However, if anyone sees them raise their head again, or have anything to add PLEASE let me know. If you've bought a design from them, I apologise, sadly they only used points, so there's very little you can do besides contact dA and hopefully work to get your refunds.
Thank you, and if you have any issues, or questions, please let me know, I might not be able to reply to all of them (using this computer was a one off just to deal with this, and i'm currently only with access to a phone, so please be patient!)
all Artists out there
please please watermark your things in some way. It really deters this from happening most of the time. It won't stop it 100% of the time, but it deters people.
One of the users who bought off the headshot master post - this one was kind of unexpected because normally there's a lot of warning signs about art theft. This account had a decent amount of history, had bought core, had a timeline that lined up (made a poll asking about adopt selling just headshots, based on poll results put together a sales post of extras, etc).
It really irritates me that they probably will get away with it just fine, since DA basically never deals with art theft and isn't going to track down all the points they got.
Thank you for bumps and posting! I would like to reiterate for those coming on, that those who bought the designs had no idea what was happening, they could not have known. They are victims and were scammed as well, please don't harass or be cruel to them. I know a lot are now contacting pinekid and dealing with the issue.
Thank you ^^
I'm really glad you posted about this! I was planning on commissioning them in the near future, too. Happy I didn't and spent my points elsewhere. :x