Hello. I decided to start this topic because of this problem that bothers me really much.
Recently a new user joined koinup but sadly any work this girl added to her gallery is made by her own.
At first she stole every picture from a contest my friends made with me, then she removed them after our disappontment and reports.
Now me and my friends found other works she posted on flickr and she didn't remove them yet, despite our alerts and comments.

You can find the user here ->

Under three or four pics you can find our comments where we linked her the original pics that of course are not hers.
I really hate this kind of behavior. I think this person should be banned from koinup..
We all make our best to work with photoshop or other programs just to make our sims live.. we love this game and we love working with it. I think it's not right that someone comes and picks every image that other authors made after hours and hours of effort..

EDIT: After I flagged those pics as inappropriate, it seems they've been removed. BUT I ask you to pay attention because she's really a bad person and if she likes stealing others' pictures here and there, I'm afraid she will do the same soon...
Also, I don't think other pics are hers. I'm sure they're all from someone else, you can notice that by the different type and style of pics.

View Kira_87's home Kira_87 | 10 year(s) ago

Bah how horrible, so sorry for you that such things happen. People should go and get their own imagination and not steal a work someone else spent  thoughts, creativity and hours of work on. This makes me so angry!!

View CarlottaCeawlin's home CarlottaCeawlin | 10 year(s) ago

I totally agree with you Carlotta. She didn't steal my works, but my friends'.. but this made me really really angry anyway.

View Kira_87's home Kira_87 | 10 year(s) ago

Wow i can't belive she did that knowing that in the end someone would find out :/ and it's really not fair,anyway did your friend had water mark with copy right on them? Because these days it's good to have it.

View 9hostDust's home 9hostDust | 10 year(s) ago

 I agree with Kira. I have noticed that many pictures uploaded by Carlynkitty come from miraminkova's gallery on Flickr but I don't think she/he is the original author :/

P.s. new gallery with the same works

View Ann's home Ann | 10 year(s) ago

OMG -_-
She will not stop? - _ -
I hate this kind of people! Steal the works of others....disgusting!! I'm very angry è_é
Could not we banish her definitively? I want to say, to banish her via her IP adress? Because it is clear that she will be back again and again under other names -_-

View Aria's home Aria | 10 year(s) ago

There is honestly precious little you can do as a virtual artist, just yet, to protect your rights.

As the validity and popularity continues to rise (and more copyrighted books published on the subject) this will hopefully change.

As for me, I've had so much of it this year, I've resorted to hidden water marks (words, hidden images etc) in each piece for identifying.

In most countries, just by nature of creating a work it is yours (this now also includes most of the US, which wasn't true until pretty recently) but protecting what you create is quite another matter.

Sorry I can't be much more help.  

This issue truly angers me as well.

View SysperiaPoppy's home SysperiaPoppy | 10 year(s) ago

Yeah guys. I decided to put my own sign from now on on my pics. But I think it's right if someone banishes her from koinup, deleting both of her accounts.
And yeah Ann, I'll now flag also those pics because of course that account on flickr isn't hers and she "kindly" stole them.
If you want to see the links before they are removed take a look:

I gently gave her a comment under every pic linking the original work.

EDIT: Here you are her third account:

You understand? THREE accounts here on koinup... and any work is hers...  also it seems she uses this account more..

View Kira_87's home Kira_87 | 10 year(s) ago

Guys good news!
I sent a pm to pier just to let him know that this user was stealing works from koin and flickr and that I thought we had to make something like banish her or similar.
He replied me today and said that he blocked all her three accounts. We still can enter them but she can't. In other words for now, we did it! She is unable to enter koin and upload others' works.
BUT considering that she opened three accounts and that she's a little retarded (XD) I'm sure she will be back again with new works. Let's keep an eye on her ok?

View Kira_87's home Kira_87 | 10 year(s) ago

Oh god, I hate that kind of people! I hope she won't come back and start stealing again >.<

View Enaya's home Enaya | 10 year(s) ago

 thats just wrong :(

View isisrose's home isisrose | 8 year(s) ago

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