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.
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.
Here is the link, so you can see what I am talking about:
I cannot even tell you how upset I was (am) about all this.
I took a screen shots of the page, just in case if they made the requested changes already (honestly I doubt it …:(…)
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.
Here is the link and the screen shots:
(I had to take 2 of each screenshot to make fit the whole section of the page)
These are the 2 pages I discovered; who knows?…there are much more…LOL
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…:(
These types of things should NEVER happen to us!!!
I just wanted to give a “heads-up” to all of you to keep an eye on your works.
Have a fabulous weekend,
Hugs to all,
January 21, 2011
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…:(