New Freebie – CU 001 and a Gripe

Good Monday to All.  I hope everyone is well and in good spirits.  Wish I was.  Sheesh!  I am so flippin’ depressed, I hope I can get through it.  Everything is gone wrong.  I can’t go into it all, but, suffice to say, I don’t know what I am going to do!  Oh, well!  LOL

Have any of you received an e-mail from any of the file-hosting services, lately, claiming some part of your digi-files are infringing on a copyright?  A few weeks ago I got an e-mail stating that 2 of my files on MediaFire were in violation of Copyright infringement.  The letter, which included a bunch of legal mumbo-jumbo, included a lengthy list of all the files they were claiming as infringed.  The letter open with:

Hello, My Name is Hervé Lemaire , CEO of LeakID, I am legal representative of lemaire which does business under the name Metropolitan, Authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. You are hereby given notice valid under the DMCA copyright infringement notification requirements, 17 U.S.C.512. I am the designated agent of the owner of the copyrights of the images and audio/visual works listed below. I believe that the images and audio/visual works listed at the times cited below are being copied and distributed in a manner that has been not authorized by the owner of the copyrights, its agent or the law. All link below containing pirated versions of lemaire copyrighted works. The information in the notice is accurate, under penalty of perjury. Please remove all linksAs soon as possible, we will check them everyday. Thanks to inform us about y our actions. We appreciate your efforts toward this common goal. Very truly yours, Hervé

The files in question are part of a set of downloads for a kit I made, so, there are multiple images in the two files in question.  I requested in a response that they inform me of the exact images, but, I haven’t heard back from them.  I made all of the parts to the kit!  That, or what I used, I knew where it came from and there were not any stipulations.  I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before!

I mentioned it to an online friend and she said the same thing had happened to her!  Then, this morning, while perusing a site of another scrapbooking lady in France, I saw a post about infringement and read it.  The very same thing is happening to her, only she claims it is 4-Shared that sent her the e-mail.

I decided to do a little research.  Apparently, this act of alerting people that their files are infringement of someone else’s rights is a cancer!  I realize that copyright theft is rampant!  Over at DeviantArt, it is an almost daily occurrence.  Artists are closing their accounts in droves due to the outright theft of their art!  One artist, with a rather unusual name, had someone open an Etsy shop, by the very same name, selling all of the artists goods for theirself!  When the artist addressed the thief, the thief stated that the pieces were ‘out there’, so, what did it matter’.  I guess since people post things on an open internet, it makes the things fair game in the thief’s eyes.  But, to use the artist’s own name was ridiculous!  The artist began removing all of her art from DA and, finally, Etsy closed the thief down.

So, I get it about the infringement.  But, what if the files aren’t an infringement, as in my case and the case of the others I mention.  This doesn’t even include all the rest of the files listed in the e-mail, belonging to other ‘infringers’.  There were 563 infringed files on the list!

The action taken by the hosting services is to suspend the files in question.  Needless to say, I am moving all of my files elsewhere.  In my researching the topic online, I found several incidents of false claims that were quite scandalous.  Those were big claims and one, in particular, that caught a lot of attention, proved to be a mistake.  This is looking like a new way of stealing to me!  What is stopping me from claiming your files as my own and alerting MediaFire or 4-Shared, providing the files are hosted on their sites?  Either from lack of knowledge as to how to handle a bogus claim or from not knowing of the claim at all, you don’t do anything.  Wallah!  I claim them as my own and you look like a thief!  That’s what is happening!

In looking over the list of files included, there are a lot of music files and games, as well as anime.  Some things are obvious. like music and games.  I mean, if I am hosting a hot, new artist’s music, I’m asking for trouble.  It’s pretty obvious it isn’t mine!  But, what about the files that are mine?  I just wonder how many of this 563 files really are infringing!  Somebody isn’t playing nice!  I don’t have money to pay for legal fees to fight this, but, I can remove my files from MediaFire and 4-Shared.  What a pain!  That means I have to change all the links in my posts, too!  But, that’s okay!  The two sites are becoming impossible, anyway, with all the damn pop-ups!  Even with my pop-up-blocker, for every download at MediaFire, I get two pop-ups.

Alrighty, then!  LOL  Having gotten that off my chest, let’s move on to what we are really here for – the new Freebie from Miss Edna and I!  This month, we did something totally new.  We made CU Okay goodies!  Following a colour palette, somewhat, we have made overlays and patterns and stock images and all kinds of goodies, just for you, that may be used for Commercial Use and any other use, PU, S4H, etc.  We both enjoyed creating and plan on releasing a new CU freebie once every 3 months, 4 times a year!  So, do watch for those.  This one is “CU001”.

We usually post QP’s for our first two(2) parts, but, not this time.  Starting with Part 1, all of the offerings are free digi-elements!  We will give you two(2) parts today, two(2) parts next Monday, then, the last two(2) on the following Monday.  That means you’ll have a total of twelve(12) parts of new CU goodies!  So, without further adieu, here are the links for the first two(2) parts.

CU001 – Part 1 –  http://www.suruha.com/download/su CU Sept 12 Pt 1.zip 

CU001 – Part 2 –  http://www.suruha.com/download/su CU Sept 12 Pt 2.zip 

Here is a preview of my offerings:

And, here is Miss Edna’s previews!  She did a different preview for each part.

(Click on image to go to her blog for these two parts)

There ya go!  Let us know what you think of our new kind of freebie, please.   We really hope you enjoy!

Until next time…

I hope you are smiling!!

Hugs,

Su

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7 thoughts on “New Freebie – CU 001 and a Gripe

  1. Wow what a headache you have. Probably all a hoax to use your stuff as you say! Thanks for the parts of the kit, I certainly appreciate all y’all do! Love the Cat Olympics calendar. Just adorable! Hope you have a better week than you have had with this mess! Hugs! Mat

  2. I’ve been reading about this threat to a lot of designers lately. They’ve been accused of stealing commercial use items that appear in their kits. Hello? CU items are paid for, or freebies, with the licensing to use the items. I think this may be a scam, which is validated by the fact that no one seems to get a response from the accuser and the language in the threatening emails is so similar. My thought, and it’s just my opinion, is that the email isn’t from a lawyer at all and just some bored teenagers, probably mad at Mom for something. It’s what they do when they’re grounded.

    So, speaking of CU; Thank you and Edna so much for the designer use items this month. That is such a generous gift. Maybe it will give me the shove to work on the Chritmas kit I wanted to do last year now this year!

  3. First of all, thank you for sharing your work with us. As for the email you received, this seems to be going around and the fact that they haven’t gotten back to you about the specific files they are concerned with makes me believe this is some kind of scam. Maybe you should contact a lawyer who is well versed in DCMA and digital art issues to advise you?

  4. Thanks for the freebie. I have not had that happening to me yet , but will keep my eyes open. I think regarding this it’s even more important that our Terms and conditions which go into the files are clearly written and state what you can do with it. That way we have proof that we are not violating any conditions or copyright when we use somebodies resources. Hugs Snowy

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