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woisvogi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
your gallery is great, but i confess, that i viewed only the photos without signature (exept one). for me this  beautiful works are (estetical) worthless with such big signatures, in this case that i can not say anymore if i like them or not. i  see them as as signs just as the signatures over them are signs. not  more (but also not less!). i hope you don`t mind my hard words, but you art so amazing good that i dont want to refuse my impression.
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! I can understand that - I'm not a fan of large watermarks either. My entire gallery has been ransacked by art thieves and I've been trying out different methods to slow it down. While watermarks are effective, they make it hard to see my work. I have found that small, low resolution images seem to slow it down as well. I will be replacing the images with the large watermarks when I can. 
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woisvogi Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes i know that. several times i forgot to to switch off the button for full size download. once i found one of my photos (woisvogi.deviantart.com/art/co… )on a turkish homepage. i do nothing against and when someone will ask me for references, i can call this one :-) . the gag on the story: the company is a lowyer`s office which is also specialized for copyright infringement.
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Photographer
Good grief, that is a wild story for sure - you would think they would be extra mindful not to do that!
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:iconwoisvogi:
woisvogi Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-) :-) yes, i thought like this. in my world nobody is a thief, a fraudster..... such people are only living inside of newspapers, isn`t it? - i think i loose my artlessnes.
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Photographer
I understand - no one I know is a thief either! For sure, I guess they exist but not among the people that I know.  Oh dear, I hope not!
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crshh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Why are most of your deviations in storage?
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   Photographer
Well Mike, most of the work in my gallery has been stolen, distributed, altered and so on by art thieves. Even web designers are using my work, without my consent for businesses ads and promotions. Recently, my image and photo was used to promote a night club in Dubai - this was the work of a web designer. All of this is happening without my consent or payment. I have been actively pursuing these thieves and getting websites like FB, Pinterest, and Tumblr to remove my work. It's a horrible mess and a harsh lesson for sure. I am slowly reposting  my work but at a very low resolution and with a large watermark to discourage theft of my work. All of my work is signed and copyrighted and that doesn't seem to mean anything to these thieves. The websites I've contacted seem to understand and are removing work as I file copyright complaints. So much of my work has been stolen and it's a bit overwhelming. It's kind of a full time job to find the theft and report it. I was contacting the thieves directly, but a lot of them are rude and ignorant (not all) and have decided that it's time consuming enough to file complaints with the sites where my stolen work is being shown. I have been posting a series of journals about my experiences with any useful tips and information that I come across. 
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feldrand Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i just read - that's a harsh lesson indeed - i'm so sorry for you... :hug:

i sometimes thought about what might happen with all those downloads that are made of my works...
there is a brilliant 3D artist and a really nice guy who made the same experience, who spontaneaously erased all of his deviations and then started all over again after a while... it's a shame when these things happen...
michaelf77.deviantart.com/

i always loved your work, your crisp b/w images...........
:hug:
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much Dieter.:hug:

Well, I didn't allow downloads of any of my work - didn't seem to make any difference. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I don't feel comfortable posting on DA right now and with low resolution and a large watermark it all looks kind of sad. I'm sorry for this guy, especially knowing how it feels to have it happen.

Thank you so much.:hug:
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