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Dave Winfield

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Sharing copied/pirated models online.
« on: March 23, 2016, 12:11:56 PM »
Something I recently discussed over at papermodelers.com since it involved one of their members.

I was alerted to a blogpage http://mfpaper.blogspot.com/.
The owner [Evgen MooNFish aka MooNFish13] appears to have created some of his own paper models
and is generously promoting many models from other designers.
There are links to other models from their originating websites.

Unfortunately, like many others, this person is also directly sharing models
that have been found and acquired for free, from the internet.
And without the proper permissions.
Models like my own KoolWheelz vehicles, my Easy-Bild models, and others.

Many designers, like myself, share models freely, but we don't wish them to be copied and reshared anywhere else.
I want people to come to my website to get my models.
It is my "bait" to get people to my site, see my other works, check out my store, etc.
If I allow you to share my model on your website, you get all the credit and attention.


Many of the people sharing these "free" models claim that since they are originally "free", its okay.
Its not.

They also claim it to be promotion and free advertising.
Its not.

And often, they hide these models inside "secret archives" and other discreet and anonymous locations.
This tells me that they know it is not "okay"!

And sometimes they remove ID, logos and original author credits (and replace them with their own!).

MooNFish did not modify my models...but he did share them without permission
and he ignored the warnings on the models (and on my website) that the models were NOT to be reshared in any way.

Once again I have been forced to collect the necessary information and submit a DMCA report to a file hosting service.
And as a result, I have been successful in removing access to files.
However, in this case, it went a little further, since the file hosting service (Yandex) has blocked access to MooNFish's entire "secret archive".
Maybe they recognized that all his files are copyrighted materials, not just the ones I alerted them to?)
Inadvertently, I have done a favour to many other designers whose models are being shared without permission.

I implore anyone whose files are copied and/or shared without permission to act swiftly.
Contact the people involved and demand the files be removed from public access.
Don't hesitate to contact the file host services involved and submit DMCA reports.
And by all means, let the paper modeling community know about it.
Post the information publicly.

If you share my models I will do everything I can to block those files, and I will publicly shame you.
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Re: Sharing copied/pirated models online.
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2016, 01:35:21 PM »
Well done, sir.  I got a bit miffed in that thread at the other forum. I hope I didn't insult anyone more than they deserved, but I'm not putting my name up as my log in. I'm not posting my email.  And when I take breaks from models, I don't want my membership suspended until I post something.  They went overboard in a non-helpful way.

Good job once again
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Re: Sharing copied/pirated models online.
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2016, 02:06:18 PM »
I have actually learned (lol) to temper some of my responses.
I find there are so many members who have English as a second language
and they don't always word their posts correctly.

I thought I understood the basics of Isaac's post and what he was trying to say
Then it turned into a discussion about whether real identities should be used.
I would say, leave that up to the individual as to what info they wish to reveal on the internet.

As I said over there, its up to the forum admin to demand whatever information they feel they need for registration.
But on the actual forums, the other members don't need that info.

I don't need to know your real name to know you have pirated a model and should be banned from a paper model community.
If MooNFish was to pop up again, with a new set of pirated models, then I would expect pm.com to ban him.
He's had his one chance.
And his real name is of no consequence.
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Re: Sharing copied/pirated models online.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2016, 07:27:30 PM »
Another interesting turn of events...

recently had an influx of requests surrounding Batmobile models.
Obviously I do some miniature KoolWheelz Batman vehicles,
and the Batman v. Superman movie just hit the theaters...

and a non-English speaking individual contacted me asking for a better quality version of
one of my new (2015) Batmobile model sheets.
He even attached to the email, a copy of the low-quality jpeg model sheet he was using.

His complaint was the 600x400px low DPI jpeg was not very good for printing.

I questioned where he got this image, since I do not post images of my Model Sheets anywhere
...and especially not reduced scale, low quality jpeg versions.
(except for a very small 100px thumbnail versions on my website).

I explained that he could get the actual model from my website and demanded to know where he got this image.
He explained he found it on Pinterest, and gave me three locations.

Turns out its a scan created by my friend Mauther....without my permission...
who makes the mistake sometimes of posting these copies of the model pages on his blogpage. 
I've asked him not to do this (in the past),
but he still has two images made from KoolWheelz model sheets on his blog
...and they are now turning up on Pinterest.

So, after tracking down a couple of the re-pinned images on Pinterest, I submitted a DMCA report
and asked for the images to be removed. 
A few hours later...Pinterest informed me that the pins have been blocked.

Not sure if Mauther will notice, but I have asked Photobucket to block the images too.
As I said, the bigger problem is having these images circulated as the actual Model Sheets.
The smaller size and very low quality reflects poorly on my artworks.
Its just another reason for me to control how my models are distributed.

Long story short...submitting DMCA reports repeatedly works!
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Re: Sharing copied/pirated models online.
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2016, 09:07:03 PM »
Yeah, he posts small 'examples' more often than I would like, but he does link to the pages.  I think he means well.
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