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i heart drama... wait, what?
by alyse (indecentexposed)
at February 5th, 2008 (11:53 pm)

earlier today, someone left a comment letting me know that my icons are being posted in an icon theft community. not exactly thrilling news. but i've been thinking about it, & here's my take:

when someone has put time and effort into a creative work, no matter how small, it's rude and disrespectful not to credit them properly. unfortunately, there are always going to be people out there who wouldn't know common courtesy if it kicked them in the head, & who will steal others' work.

sometimes there are consequences-- e.g., if you turned in a term paper without citing sources, you'd fail the class at the very least. in the case of a 100' x 100' icon, on the other hand, it's just something i have to live with. i don't have the time to track down every last person who isn't crediting my icons & yell at them about it-- because, let's be honest? i have a life.

so, i rolled my eyes. i was annoyed for about ten seconds, & then i moved on. i want my icons to be as available as possible, so i'm not going to use this as an excuse to switch to moderated membership. i don't ever plan to do that unless hotlinking becomes a problem, since i work with limited bandwidth.

concerning the aforementioned icon theft community, i've removed & banned all of its maintainers & members with posting access from dreamscaping, but i'm not going to go over there & start anything. i don't believe in feeding the trolls, & as far as i can tell, these communities only exist to start drama with makers, which is so unbelievably lame that i'm not even going to go there.

in conclusion, thank you to those of you who do take the time to credit properly, please let me know if you see this kind of thing so i can remove & ban the responsible parties, & let's continue to keep dreamscaping fun & drama-free for the rest of us. :)

thanks for reading!


alyse + the drama llama, who wanted me to give you these:

1. 2. 3.


Posted by: Margot (midnight_birth)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)

That pisses me off so much. What pisses me off even more is that even though these communities explicitly state in their names and user infos what they do, Livejournal allows them to go on, even though their sole purposes goes against Livejournal copyright rules.

I tried to report them, but they only allow reports by the people whose icons were stolen. Just so you know, if someone you know is in the community and can provide you with a link where your icons are posted (even if the entry itself is friends-locked), along the original page where you posted those icons, the community would be immediately suspended and deleted.

*huge hugs though* Your work is really great! It sucks monkey balls that you had to go through that..

P.S. May I ask who made the icons you posted in the end of this entry?

Posted by: alyse (indecentexposed)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)

i didn't realize i had that option-- thanks for letting me know!

as for the icons, i made them, & you're welcome to use them. :) the drama llama thing was just a joke.

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