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ATTN: ALL ARTISTS! it could happen to you... - my imperfection,
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ATTN: ALL ARTISTS! it could happen to you...
the night before last i was doing an image search on google for "j. dilla". on about the 3rd or 4th page in, i saw a piece of my artwork. i wasn't too shocked when i saw it, becus i figured it was something i uploaded. i looked at the website listed below it and i have definetly never posted anything on www.mtv.de. so i click on the picture and sure enough, my artwork (with my logo watermark cropped out to the best of their ability) was posted up in hip hop news on mtv.de. at first i was geeked, then i got pissed. had they contacted me and said, "hey, we like this piece. we want to use it" i would've been all for it had they just credited me underneath the picture. i contacted mtv yesterday and this lady had me email her a direct link to the site and 2 screenshots. she asked for my patience and said that sometimes things like this can take a little while. that was at like 5.30pm yesterday, and i get an email from them this morning at 7.30am.

Hi Stephanie,

We are very sorry! One of our freelancers is responsible for this mistake. The picture has been replaced. Sorry once again and thank you for making us aware of the problem!

Kind Regards from Berlin

the whole thing was just crazy to me, and pissed me off. just think of how many people this happens to on a daily basis and they don't even know about it. i thought about it all day yesterday. it wasn't a huge issue, just annoying as fuck.

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you might recognize the work from this recent post:

headphones: lupe fiasco - kick, push prt II.

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absolutrhaps From: absolutrhaps Date: June 23rd, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
And thats why I dont fuck with them clowns and I dont put my shit on the net like that. Well my good shit.
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: June 23rd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
i feel you.
From: jodismiles Date: June 23rd, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
thats crazy
i get scared sometimes posting my picture online
i think i might stop because of stuff like this
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: June 24th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
people are dumb.
From: unlocks Date: June 24th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
crazy shit.
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: June 24th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
isn't it though?
From: polymath_attack Date: July 7th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
To be honest I'm not surprised. It happens all the time. I hate doing it but you have to put that transparent watermark over the entire thing and keep stuff low-res(gif) the way that stock photography sites do it. You can also put scripts up to keep others from being able to download them. Flash also works.
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: July 7th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
there is a watermark on it AND it's low-res.
From: polymath_attack Date: July 7th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm I guess it was to small. I couldn't see it in your photos. Did it cover the whole image?
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: July 7th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
they didn't use the whole image because of my logo thats placed all over the image. you can see it in the picture where it says the "hics" of graphics.
From: polymath_attack Date: July 7th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I don't know what to tell you. Good luck protecting your stuff in the future.
jessmaam From: jessmaam Date: July 18th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


I don't know much about ya, but I've seen enough through your taste in music. (This Dilla post sealed it all)I'm jessmaam and a thinker, but lately my posts have been rather shallow and vague...all to say, you don't have to add me...but I'd like to add you. Cool?
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: July 18th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mmmkay...

yeah sure, go ahead. i'm gonna add you right now.
nycita From: nycita Date: January 26th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
that's fucked up..but it happens once you publish your work on the net..I don't know how many times i've found people jacking my work and cropping the logos watermarks whatever ..i got a site on german mtv though..they had asked to promote my work about a year or 2 ago...http://mtv.de/nycita..
if they at least put your name down or something..it would give you some
huge promo
bluntedreality From: bluntedreality Date: January 26th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's really dope that mtv.de promotes your work.
i've actually seen some of your artwork around the net, and it's all amazing. your skills are incredible!!
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