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Documenting the Desert Tides by nathanspotts Documenting the Desert Tides by nathanspotts
After the visitors from Cirrus left, the work they had done on the moon left it in a rapidly decaying orbit.  The climate of Earth changed quickly.  Most of the population fled the planet shortly after the Cirrus Excursion.  The projected impact date is in eleven months, and in that time, some have stayed behind to document the relics of human civilization on a planet in its last days.

All photos used were taken by myself.
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William-Black Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

I had to check your profile page – it says you are in the United States. I had to check to insure that this was not a language issue – apparently it is not, therefore your delusional fantasy that I’ve “told you what to do,” in regards to your own art must be a mental aberration – because clearly I have not instructed you what to do at all.


I’ve merely pointed you to valid sources of information and informed you of the facts.


Feel free to wallow in your fantasy of victimization – hopefully you will stop for a moment and consider why facts disturb you so, but frankly I doubt it.


Just be assured of one thing, continue to lie to me about words I’ve written and I will continue to respond, with the facts, so perhaps you best take my advice son, and block me.

nathanspotts Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lie to you?  Get over yourself, man.  Hold a mirror up and you'll see the one who feels victimized. 

Try reading this: and maybe you'll understand where I am coming from.  I understand where you are coming from.  If you want to be a copyright hunter, then by all means, keep doing so.  But stop posting walls of text on my image, or I actually WILL block you, as you seem to desire.  You'll receive no further response from me.
William-Black Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Is Type1arts guilty of copyright infringement? Yes.


The following information is found at… under the heading:


“What is Copyright Infringement?”


To simplify this question, copyright infringement occurs when you do certain things with a creative work which someone else produced without first getting the proper permission.


Some examples of copyright infringement (this is only a partial listing) can include:


1. Placing someone else's photograph or creative work online without proper permission.


2. Using a creative work commercially without permission.


3. Adapting someone else's creative work found in one medium to another medium, such as making a book into a movie or a photograph into a painting.


4. Modifying or editing a creative work without proper permission.


 – from Copyright Policy…


Here are the facts: On March 18, 2014, Type1arts placed a comment on one of my images stating his intent to post it to his tumbler account. I responded within 17 minutes of his comment ordering him to cease and desist, and informing him of my right to refuse him permission to re-post my artwork.


Despite my notice Type1arts has posted my artwork without authorization on his tumbler account. As of this date further actions are underway.


I recognize that it is up to you as the artist to decide if you want to permit Type1arts to re-post your artwork, but consider the following: if this user has no respect for your right to control the placement of your work, what other violations of your rights might this user commit?


Consider and act as your judgment dictates.  

nathanspotts Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Though I appreciate your concern, and believe me, I had an internal wrestling match with copyright issues recently.
William-Black Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

You obviously do not appreciate my concern very much judging by your response below. Which is fine, your prerogative.

I filed a DMCA Take Down Notice (an official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) on Friday, March 21, at 9 am local time.


I received confirmation of the action taken this morning at 9 am local time.


I checked the url where Type1arts had illegally posted my work – and can confirm the work has been taken down.


Note: Over a span of 7 days Type1arts failed to read, heed, or respond to my order not to post my property on his site. He failed to respond to all e-mail contacts during this time. He was on Deviant Art every day according to his activity log. Only after action had been taken did he belatedly contact me in regards to the issue- informing me (lamely) after the fact that my property had been removed from his site.


This is the character of the individual involved.

nathanspotts Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
He is not profiting from it, and has not modified it. It is legal under creative commons share alike. I view it as more exposure of my art. With the internet, it is impossible for us to control where our images go. The moment a user views it, it is saved to their computer cache. We need to embrace this change. Crack down on those who do not credit you, steal, or those whom profit from your work, not those who simply wish to share something they liked with their friends. You shouldn't engage a witch hunt over a tumblr blogger, seriously, and you also have no place coming to my work and waving your beliefs in my comments.
William-Black Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

1. Copyright is a point of law – not belief.


A work is not automatically licensed creative commons – my work is proprietary. So, no, his action was not legal.


If you are a professional photographer then you know the industry standard is to acquire written permission before you re-post someone else’s intellectual property. I am surprised you even suggest otherwise.  


Copyright law defines re-posting an intellectual property without permission as copyright infringement.


Deviant Art has an excellent policy page which outlines copyright law, available here:…


Your opinion is of no interest to me, the facts are available at the link.


2. There is no “witch-hunt” involved. Type1arts posted my art after I ordered him not to. This is a fact.


Using Type1art’s activity log I have alerted others who’s art was re-posted of this fact so that they may know the character of the individual involved and make their own choices.


3. I pointed people to where valid sources of information are located. There is no “waving my beliefs” involved.


If you do not care to know the facts – that is fine, your choice.


I’ve acted to secure the work I own rights to, what you do is not my concern.  


A point of reason: if you think re-posting art (illegally) to a site with no foot-traffic, a site with no index (only a continuous scroll of images arbitrarily arranged with no context or form) is “exposure” … well, obviously there is nothing I can say to credit such thinking.


nathanspotts Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Just because you don't want him to share your image doesn't mean you get to come to my page and tell me that he shouldn't be sharing mine.  Stick your sanctimonious crap elsewhere.  Either get a doctorate in copyright law or mind your own business.  MY images are Creative Commons.  I don't care if YOURS aren't.  Since you don't want your work shared, that's fine if you tell him to cease and desist.  HOWEVER, under the DMCA law, SHARE ALIKE is entirely legal, and ALL of my images are set up so that people who like them can share them and show them to their friends, or audiences, no matter how large or insignificantly small.  I don't give a shit what that guy's site traffic is like (also foot traffic is a physical phenomenon, this is the internet...), I'm just glad he likes my artwork.  He's not making money off of it, so why should I care?  It seems that your concern is indeed to spout this crap on people pages that aren't just your own.  So maybe you should've not replied in the first place.

Type1arts most likely didn't think you were serious with such an over the top threat for such a measly action, and frankly, I'm having a hard time grasping why you are so gung ho about this.  Seriously, he's not stealing from you!  You have lost no profits!  You have lost no ideas!  I checked the site, too, and my image posted has my name and source right below it.  Get over yourself, man.
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