Currently, our team is completely buried. What we need are people who can look for specific information we require on a rip, and report it back to the Volunteer Coordinator. We are all doing our best to handle all of the rips being reported to us, and the volunteers we have at this moment have done an OUTSTANDING JOB!!!! You are all to be commended!! I cannot possibly say that with enough emphasis.
I want everyone to know that although we do not respond to every note, they are read by me. We will respond to the very important messages sent to us as we are doing our best to coordinate efforts and do a service to this community. So, please keep this in mind. If you are interested in joining, please let me know so I can add you to our Task Force. Everyone's help is appreciated!
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IMAGESHACK BUTTERFLY RIP
187 IMAGES WERE REMOVED!
The RATF investigated this and couldn't find anything. We highly encourage artists to take a look at this site for themselves. Please be warned. The site is disgusting-->[link]
________________________________________SIMS2CREATORS EDIT: This case has been reopened. Art rips have been found. All artists, please go and look at this link and see if you find any of your art there. If you do, please notify RATF. [link]
________________________________________FRESH-PAPER RIP-ALL 4 GALLERIES 36,000) DA IMAGES REMOVED!!!!!
IMAGESHACK FRACTAL GALLERY RIP HAS BEEN REMOVED AS OF 07-28-08. That is a total of 279 images!!!!! OUTSTANDING JOB EVERYONE!!!! *NOTE-The butterfly gallery still remains, and we have reported it several times to the host site. So, we will continue to monitor to ensure it is removed!!
The volupia_sm account has been deactivated
had 3 or 4 videos ripped...last report was that ALLhad been removed.
YAHOO! RIP TAKEN DOWN!! 07-20-07
Investigation completed by ~Almoace
After a letter sent by ~Almoace Yahoo! has taken down the ripped images.
reports his images were removed! OUTSTANDING!!
INVESTIGATION COMPLETED BY LORRIE 07-19-07
`Princess-of-Shadows reports that her images have been taken down, and ~IsabelleLaurin was reporting on behalf of `Princess-of-Shadows and someone else (whose images have been removed) and not herself. So, this one is sorted.
HERE'S ANOTHER WINNER - INVESTIGATION COMPLETED BY !PinkMonkeyLove 07-19-07
was being shown on Picoodle
After a letter, !PinkMonkeyLove is now able to report that the image has been taken down.
YEAH!!! GO TEAM!
INVESTIGATION #2 OPENED 07-10-07
COMPLETED BY LORRIE 07-16-07
Also, a possible issue reported at photobucket with art being openly sold on cups, keychains, calendars,etc to anyone of the works that have been uploaded to Photobucket.
In answer, yes they can. That's pretty much what you agree to by using their services. MySpace and Facebook operate the same way. Many company employees that post their company logos on their myspace accounts and facebook are finding that they face diciplinary action because they have made copyrighted company material available for use in the public domain.
Anyway....I have copied some crucial sections of the TOU that deal with this clause.
1. Description of the Services
Photobucket provides its Registered Users (defined below) with the ability to host a variety of content, including without limitation images and videos (including any audio accompanying the videos) ("Content") that Registered Users own or to which they have the necessary rights ("User Content"), in order to share User Content via the Web on, for example, auction websites such as eBay, classified advertising websites, online journals, blogs, message boards, personal websites, social networking sites, and online photo albums. Registered Users and visitors to the Site may also order, via the Site or via partner websites ("Partner Sites"), prints, photographs, t-shirts, and similar items that incorporate publicly available Content.
Lorrie says "THIS SECTION SHOULD BE READ THROUGH CAREFULLY."
3. Your License to Photobucket
Photobucket does not claim any ownership rights in any User Content that you choose to post to the Site. After posting User Content to the Site,you continue to retain all ownership or license rights in your User Content and you continue to have the right to use your User Content as you did prior to such posting. However, by posting or making User Content available through the Site or via the Services, you hereby grant to Photobucket a nonexclusive, royalty-free, transferable, worldwide license to use, copy, modify, prepare derivative works from, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform (whether by means of a digital audio transmission or otherwise) and process your User Content, or any part of it, solely on and through the Site and Services, including without limitation (a) adapting the format of your User Content (for example by encoding or transcoding) for suitable display on the Site; and (b) displaying, in Photobucket's sole discretion, your public User Content in search results generated by the Photobucket search engine. In addition, where you have made your User Content public, posted a link to your User Content on another website or otherwise shared a link to your User Content, you grant to Photobucket a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide right to sublicense the right to copy, modify, prepare derivative works from, and distribute your User Content as necessary to perform the Services, including without limitation the printing services offered by Partner Sites. In connection with the above license, you provide your consent for Photobucket personnel, including Photobucket contractors and service providers, to view your User Content at any time for the purpose of providing the Services and filtering content that violates this Agreement. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for all Content you submit to the Site or provide to the Service. You represent that you either own the User Content or have the rights necessary to grant Photobucket this license.
Your license to Photobucket with respect to any particular piece of User Content will terminate once you or Photobucket remove it from the Site.
Hope this helps. Basically, any site that hosts your images (for free) has most likely a clause that allows them to re-distribute your content as they see fit. READ TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE VERY, VERY CAREFULLY.
We are working as hard and as fast as possible to deal with all the information coming in.
We are swamped and apologize - respond times to comments/questions may be slow.
We are not perfect – note us if there is an oversight…it is not intentional.
Comments left on the RATF site by others - are THEIR opinions – not necessarily ours.
We need volunteers who will uphold the volunteer code of ethics.
We WILL NOT tolerate unprofessional conduct or illegal or unorthodox methods… period.
This is not a vigilante task force.
We simply want to help people with their art theft and copyright issues.
We are volunteers and do not deserve abuse, we are merely assisting you to resolve your rip issues!
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