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the hunger games district 3 facebook has decided it can use our art when it feels like it, but when we want to watch their movie for free, we get our internet cut off.....


they need to get an earful, apparently they keep deleting my posts from their front wall page, go get 'em
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
In regards to entering a contest, yes, the leaders of the contest should verify sources prior to awarding prizes. Legally speaking, the law allows posting images without making a profit; however. Most websites ban posting of other peoples work. An artist has two legal resources before hiring lawyer that include contacting the member of a website directly and requesting the removal of the image, or contacting the hosting website, in this case Facebook. Legally, once a website has been contacted and they have had enough time to verify the legitimacy of the complaint, they are legally required to remove the image, music or other intellectual property. It seems this has been done. I applaud you for bringing the attention of this to other artists so they can verify if their work is being use, thus, be able to officially request removal of their work. In the past, your several countries have looked into enforcing websites and companies to be proactive in surveillance of submitted work by members. All of these suggested laws have failed to be passed. International and U.S. laws still require the artist to file complaints and the websites or companies to verify those complaints and act in a reasonable time frame that is not stipulated. It sounds like this corporation is working within the law by not proactively verifying every artwork, but removing any reported violation. Thus, notifying artists of possible violations remains very important. Good work ~starfantazy on reporting to them and to the art community this problem.
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tsheva Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read the comments and I must say that I'm never surprised by the ignorance of the people on this planet. They think whatever they find is theirs, no matter if it belongs to another person, they found it they can do whatever they want with it. Now if the roles were reversed...

Them creating a page and coming on your page under the guise of a make-believe world is just mind-blowing. It's such a small and simple thing to remember, DO NOT DO TO OTHERS WHAT YOU DON'T WANT DONE TO YOU.

Get a lawyer.

Sue their asses.

Ripping is not only a disgusting and ugly trait but, it is, illegal.

Just ridiculous.
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tsheva Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What in the HECK...is going on? Is this for real?
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madDmissC Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Dear Amy,

I am writing to you on behalf of District 3. I understand that you're upset about this whole situation and that your art was used illegally. I also understand that you want to take actions against the person who has stolen the imagery from your Deviant Account.
However, I'd like you to take note that the image merely was featured on the District 3 page because a fan of the Hunger Games and thus a citizen of District 3 (viral marketing campaign and all) submitted this picture as their own. None of the people running the District 3 page could have had any knowledge about the source of the submitted image. Furthermore it wouldn't have been possible for any of the people running that page to check possible sources, because at the time that picture was submitted did not only the District 3 page receive a load of imagery but every other District page as well. You have to understand that, with a viral marketing as big as the one for the Hunger Games, the load of work is simply too much to take the time to check EVERY one image that is submitted in these art contest.
You might try and get a lawyer but looking at the whole situation from my point of view this will only cost you a lot of money. With the watermark being removed by whomever stole that image from your account LionsGate/District 3 had no way of knowing that this imagery did not belong to the person submitting it.
Once it was clear that the image did not belong to whomever claimed to have made it, my superiors acted immediately and took down the image within 24 hours.

On behalf of LionsGate and the District 3 page I'd like to apologize for this situation/mess. But please take not that none person involved with this has stolen imagery from your account. It has been submitted by a person on the District 3 wall and was simply being featured as an exemplary work of art by District 3.
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NioMel13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Regardless whether it was submitted by the company or a fan, if the image was used for profit it still counts as copyrights violation.
I am not aware of the rules of competition, but there should be a rule prohibiting people from using someone else's work without their official,signed approval, otherwise they should be banned from all competitions. This way you discourage any issues as such.
If you had a similar rule, then there should have been someone responsible to check if not all of them, at least the top 100-200 (which would include the winners, forerunners, most popular) and the images used by your company.
If someone in any of the above was included and proved that the artwork was not originally theirs it also backfires your competition that it promotes unfair competition and therefore unreliable.
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madDmissC Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Quote: "if the image was used for profit it still counts as copyrights violation."

Here's the thing, IT WAS NOT USED TO MAKE ANY PROFIT.
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NioMel13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If the image was not exploited for profit without the artist's consent, then I don't think there is much one could do. I re-read the conversation. As I understood it, the issue is not about making money-profit, but actually being credited about your work. As an illustrator myself, I can understand this point of view. For artists is not as much about making the most money out of your work, but is the recognition. Therefore the issue - as I understood it- is that someone else got "awarded" without giving any credits to the artist. But this means it is mainly the person who actually submitted the image to be "accused".
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starfantazy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes, you should do some sort of search.

hows this: [link] see all the others?!

see how i looked up an image. im still looking for a lawyer, but you will find that out soon enough. i deserve something from this.
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Taint944 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
People please it wasn't any of the Hunger Games franchise fault. A person submitted this photo for a contest they are making, none of the persons responsible for the contest had a clue that it was stolen. We apologize for this situation the photo was removed less than 24h after it was posted.

District 3 Recruiter
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starfantazy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes it was.

[link]
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