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Elisabeta Hermann

Elisabeta Hermann

Westminster, CO, United States

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Keep an eye on your works! - This can happen to you too...

Dear friends,

Look what happened to me…:(

Yesterdays I put my name in Google, I was curious where and how my works appear here and there, on the Internet.
I was very surprised to find a website (that I never heard about before – www.ratedesi.com), displaying a substantial collection of my works (almost all of them), not even giving a link to me, and…guess what? The picture under my name wasn’t mine!

The picture is of a wonderfully talented and beautiful young artist, Alena Lazareva.
I am convinced that many of you know Alena and her beautiful work…:)

I am more than sure that Alena wasn’t aware about all this, either. I notified her in a bmail yesterday. She did not reply yet.

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I immediately tried to contact the website; my intention was to call them. The “Contact Us” button was (is) not working.

We found an email address they recommend to contact them, and requested that without delay they remove all my works, in max. 24 hours, from their website. Actually, my husband (who is a member of our RB community too – hermeszfineart) did this for me.

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Here is the link, so you can see what I am talking about:

http://www.ratedesi.com/i/pic/ANd9GcRxG-ITXzIVs...

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I cannot even tell you how upset I was (am) about all this.

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I took a screen shots of the page, just in case if they made the requested changes already (honestly I doubt it …:(…)
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I continued my researches, and a little later I found a different page there, displaying a collection of my works, but this time, under my name was Elena Malec’s Avatar picture….LOL

Elena is another outstandingly talented member of our community; many of you know her too…:)
I talked with her; she was as surprised as I am, about all this.

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Here is the link and the screen shots:

http://www.ratedesi.com/i/pic/ANd9GcTxhwdZ0kKNf...

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(I had to take 2 of each screenshot to make fit the whole section of the page)

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These are the 2 pages I discovered; who knows?…there are much more…LOL

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The images of my works are gathered from RB (I recognized the pictures of the products: cards, posters, framed prints…etc, by clicking on the images) and FAA, where I am a member too, (I saw several of my works with the FAA Watermark), and from other websites (I think, but I am not sure about that).

I do not think that RB or FAA is aware about this, or that anybody can do anything to stop them, or similar websites…:(

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These types of things should NEVER happen to us!!!

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I just wanted to give a “heads-up” to all of you to keep an eye on your works.

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Have a fabulous weekend,
Hugs to all,

Elisabeta Hermann

January 21, 2011

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Ps. – added on January 29th, 2012

As I see now, looks like “radetesi” took down my images.
I have no idea if they are still hidden somewhere if I would log in. Now when I click on the links I gave in My Journal, it comes up the page of Join or Log In.

This morning we discovered another place where a writer is using one of my paintings for his poem.

It is just crazy!!!

Here is the link: http://www.booksie.com/library/toc.html/toc/462562

This poet is mentioning my name as the creator of the painting. He does not give a link to me or my works anywhere.

But the fact still remains, he is using it without my permission,(may be even as a book cover, or even worse… is selling the book)…I don’t know.

The poem was ePublished today, January 29, 2012. All we found out so far about him is that he is in USA.
We are working hard to find a contact info…no success so far…:(

Here is a ""Screenshot" of one of his pages where my work is attached to his poem:

All this seems to be an ongoing and never ending hopeless battle…:(

Comments

  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    OMG… people really are crazy sometimes.. glad you found out dearest..!!!

  • Thanks Lina…yes it is unbelievable! If at least they gave a link to my profile somewhere I had no problem…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Eddy Aigbe
    Eddy Aigbeover 2 years ago

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ Elisabeta. It’s a really shocking & annoying find. I hope you sort all this out as soon as possible, cheers :)

  • You’re very welcome Edy.
    I hope so too….honestly a lawsuit like this costs a huge amount of money (that I do not have….LOL). Let’s just hope that my email to them will be enough to resolve this issue…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago

    On one hand it’s a compliment….in reality…..how low can people go…..

  • I am in a 100% agreement with you, my friend!….:)
    Thanks for your feedback…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    Thanks for making us aware….so sorry you’re hang to go throug all this.

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    I meant “having to go through”

  • You’re very welcome, my dear Marsha.
    I recommend to everybody to Google their own name and see where their creations appear.
    Thanks and Hugs to you…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago

    not good hope you can resolve it Liz)

  • Thanks a lot, dear Liz.
    Yes….I know….:((((….but I still hope this can be resolved in one way or other…:)
    We will see.
    xxxxx

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 2 years ago

    Thank you so much to share!!

  • You’re very wecome, dear Madalena.
    Thanks for reading….:)
    xxxxx

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    I’m so sorry for you! It is an awful feeling when this is done. Thanks for letting us know and hope you get this resolved soon! xoxoxoxoxxo

  • Dear Shar,
    Thank you so much.
    I really hope to find a way to resolve this…:)
    xoxoxo
    Elisabeta

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • © Joe  Beasley IPA
    © Joe Beasley...over 2 years ago

    HEY! SOMEONE ELSE POSTED MY PIC!! What can I do?

    Email admin@ratedesi.com.

    File a DMCA takedown http://www.redbubble.com/groups/copyright-prote...

    Facebook group about copyright infringement

    There is a lot you can do without getting a lawyer and going to court

  • Thanks a lot Joe.
    As I mentioned in my Journal, I immediately contacted them via email (the only way to contact them, BTW…) and requested to remove all my works from their website in max. 24 hours. It did not happen yet, as I see.
    No reply either.
    The 2 links you provided here are very useful.
    Thank you very much!

    – Elisabeta Hermann

  • © Joe  Beasley IPA
    © Joe Beasley...over 2 years ago

    They use stolen content to generate traffic. Their revenue comes from advertising. Complain to the advertisers

  • Yes Joe, we were thinking about that too.
    Honestly, I, personally, do not have any idea about how much the advertisers are involved in the way the owners of this site (a company from Hong Kong) generate their traffic.
    May be they do…I have no clue.
    Thank you soooooooooooo much for your useful feedbacks…:) and for all your help…:)

    – Elisabeta Hermann