Apologies, I am…upset.
I expected piracy to happen, it is normal really, but there's a difference between piracy and modifying and editing authors stuff in order to erase all traces of him/her. That's a whole other level of douchbaggery. Yes, I make up words when I'm upset. I don't really mind my stuff being stolen as much as I despise when someone modifies my, or others, work.
The reason I mentioned your company and "just vendors" is that you get to fill out the DMCA with epoch-art, in order for me to fill out the DMCA I would need to give out personal private information to people who've made a business sharing stolen stuff. Do you see the problem?
I know how to submit DMCA and your threads have been very helpful in that regard, thank you, but the problem still remains for me and, I would assume, everyone else who is just starting out.
I had no idea Morfium had that job, it's strange he missed e-hentai as it's the single largest gallery of this nature, as far as I know.
Hey man, I get it. I've seen shit you would not believe in my years doing this. One of the worst things I had happen is when pirates dug up my personal information and started posting it publicly, including my personal show reel from college, my personal facebook page, and other details about me, all because I sent an email to the owner of pomf.se (now defunct - because he's a little bitch and I shut his ass down) to remove my content, and he posted me email in a transparency report on his site and then went to 420chan pretending to be some random anon and point and say, "look at Epoch posting threats lol"… it got a lot of traction, and I had to write a very strongly worded email to take this personal info down, pass it on to Miro, and have Miro send it to the site owner at 420chan as an email he wrote himself (since Affect3D pays for ad hosting on 420chan, he had some pull with the site owner, claiming my work falls under the blanket of A3D and thereby my personal information as well). it worked, and all of those posts were nuked. Still, the damage was done.
Piracy is no fun. But as a new artist, you're going to have to get used to it. It can be soul-crushing, but you'll eventually start to grow a thick shell. I was incredibly sensitive about it in the beginning and wanted to lash out in these piracy forums or vent/whine about piracy on my own website, but that does not help. In fact, as both Supro and Mongo Bongo can attest, it has quite the opposite effect. And whatever you do, DO NOT ANTAGONIZE THE PIRATES. It is the absolute worst thing you can do. If you find your content being shared, find where it's being shared and quietly file a copyright infringement claim. Don't post anything, even pretending to be someone else, in the forums where you found your content. These guys are great at sniffing out artists. It's not worth it. Be silent but deadly. Trying to start an argument with them about how they're hurting your business is like pissing in the wind. Not only will they continue to shamelessly pirate your stuff, they will insult you to boot. That's what happened to Supro and Mongo back in the day at 420chan. I think even Erogenesis started arguing with these guys, and shit got real bad. So trust me on this… NEVER antagonize them, ever.
I'm not going to lie: I do get a fast response because my copyright infringement claims come from [email protected], which matches the URL of the website where the claim and my work originates. On several occasions, in a hurry I accidentally sent DMCAs using my personal email and the claims were denied, saying they could not prove I was the copyright holder. This is why you should use Morfium. I was told by Supro to report links to him directly. I suspected that's what all artists were told, but to be honest I don't use Morfium because my copyright agent takes care of all. I'd double-check with Supro.
By the way, if you ever need help, have questions, or just wanna chat, a bunch of us artists are networked across Skype. I keep it open all day in case I need to chat with Miro, Supro, Gazukull, Hibbli, deTomasso, etc. I also occasionally ping Paul Kinnane (the creator of the Octane plugin for Poser) if I have a particularly serious issue with Octane and need his immediate help, or EhJay, the site owner over at Renderotica who is a friend of mine. You can add me on Skype: DopeFusion.
Long story short: Don't stress about piracy. It's not worth keeping yourself up at night for something you cannot control and/or fix. It sucks for sure, but that's just the nature of this business. Keep your chin up!