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November 6, 2013


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So I write to you guys today with an important issue. I recently got a new phone after my old one broke and refused to turn on. Last night I was looking into customizing my new one and decided to search for free wallpapers in the app store. This is the first result I got:

App by StarshipSorceress

Seems great, right? A super amazing rating and a whopping 100,000 free images to choose from. What I expected to find within the app was just images. I expected free to use stock photos, simple graphics, custom designs by the company itself, official, public images from tv shows and movies maybe? Perhaps that was naive of me to think, given the sheer magnitude of HQ images this app boasted to have. What I did NOT expect was that not only did it have those things, it also had stolen art pieces being offered for download with no credit or permission from artists whatsoever! 

I immediately recognized several popular artists from deviantart, their images purposely cropped so as to cut out any watermark, signature, or other indicator that it belonged to someone other than this app company. They are basically making revenue from stolen images that do not belong to them. It doesn't matter if you get the free version of this app, because they are still making money off of the obscene amount of ads spammed throughout. They also offer a pro version for $1.99. Not only is it unfair to the artist to not have their rightly deserved dues be paid to them for the commercial use of their images, any promotion that could have been gained from such a popular app is almost made impossible, as any signature directing to their personal sites is cropped from sight. Even if an artist does offer their work as free wallpapers or downloads, saving it to your computer for personal use is FAR different than stealing it and using it for monetary gain. It is because of things like this that artists shrink back from the online art community and are forced to become so protective of their own artistic rights.

I took some screenshots of images and artists I recognized from deviantart and did my best to track down as many usernames as possible. From what I saw, Apofiss and sakimichan seemed to get the worst of it. I have posted a collage of snapshots to my stash showing the images within the app, as well as the full (cropped) image being offered with no credits to the artists at all:

Sakiexample by StarshipSorceress Apofissexample by StarshipSorceress

Examples1 by StarshipSorceress Examples2 by StarshipSorceress

Other artists I was able to track down include: yuumei, sanguisGelidus, Leonidafremov, Arsenal21, Dianae, alicexz, wanhsienwei, J-Scott-Campbell, sscindyss, BOMBATTACK Artgerm, priteeboy, jiuge, verucasalt82, sandara, uildrim, and svet-svet.

If there are any other artists that you recognize from these screencaps that I didnt mention, please tell me or direct them here.

I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to all the art on this app. There are thousands of photos. For all I know, yours (if you werent mentioned) is on there as well. I urge people who can access this app to check for other artist images on there and warn their creators if you recognize them, and please, please say something in a review or a letter to the app company that this is NOT ok.

To the artists I mentioned, it is up to you what you do with this information, but i feel you have the right to know if you dont already and at least have a chance to try and do something about this. It may not be a big deal to you, or it may be a huge deal. I just know that if this happened to me, I'd be upset and would want someone to tell me if they saw my art being used for commercial purposes without my consent.

If you can, spread this around! 

Thanks guys,



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Cookiesncreamez Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is so not cool.
I just hate it how some people do this. Not leaving their Signature or Watermark!
That just isn't right.
My bajesus this app should get taken down for all the art theft.
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Yeah, it really is quite a shame! one of the many reasons i get paranoid about art theft :(
DaimyoSensei Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This app is also available on Android phones. Sad. :/
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Wow, lame :////// This is ridiculous 
Apofiss Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013   Digital Artist
I will look into this! thanks for all the info!
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
No problem, I'm sorry this had to happen to you! D:
Creepyschoolgirl Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
I noice that a lot in this app I have has :iconmrfarts: art in it I was I am watching person who made those pics these apps can get big troubled for copyright
MRFarts Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
which of my pics? i dont have an its not possible for me to report it may be :iconapofiss: can help..
Creepyschoolgirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
The little robot guy
StrawberryDinotart Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Digital Artist
I think if you were to write to the company and threaten to take legal action they should take all the art down. They get scared off by any implication of losing money. But I would STRONGLY suggest you tell them that and maybe if it gets bad enough, gather up all the artists [that are okay with doing so] and file one huge complaint or whatever against the company. they can silence one voice but not the voices of all the artists they wronged. 

I think you all deserve credit for everything you do just as I would expect the same when I have a modelling or acting job. To take that away is jus scummy and makes me mad for you all :c I wish some people were't so money hungry... 
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