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Long Story Short: You stole my art, used it for commercial purposes, and won’t even respond to my polite inquiries.
Financial and legal complications aside, I hope you understand that you’ve taken away my personal voice and ownership as a fellow content creator. Without my permission or knowledge, you’ve taken my work out of context to use for your own agenda, leaving me no control over how my work is seen or used. I found myself surprised to be incidentally supporting and endorsing a campaign I had no prior knowledge about.
Content is gifted, donated, licensed, commissioned, and purchased. It should NOT be stolen.
On one hand, it’s super cool to know that my art was in a TedTalk. (!!!) But on the other hand, you googled “Princess Daphne”, downloaded my fan artwork from my own blog website, removed the background & signature, placed it into a branding logo, and continued to use this stolen work even AFTER raising $150k on Kickstarter.
Ok ok, benefit of the doubt. Copyright law can be complicated. Maybe you thought that any images on Google must be free to use however you want. Honest mistake, no harm no foul?
Except that I (and several of your supporters) have tried to contact you to nicely resolve this via your website, Twitter, and even Kickstarter. Unfortunately, there’s been no response from you of any kind. I’d assume you were away from the computer, except you’ve still been actively engaging on social media during this time.
Honestly, I don’t have the time/energy at the moment to try to get you to notice me. I do hope one day you’ll attempt to resolve this situation, and fully understand why stealing is not only morally wrong, but also detrimental to content creators of all mediums.
I’d still really like to resolve this issue, so I hope you find the time and consideration to one day respond to the original letter I sent you, re-posted below.
Hello. I am the professional artist who painted the Princess Daphne image that Feminist Frequency/Tropes vs Women has been using as part of their logo and branding in several places online.
Here’s one of several online examples: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/566429325/tropes-vs-women-in-video-games
My original artwork is here: http://atomicginger.blogspot.com/2009/05/princess-daphne.html
I don’t have a record of licensing this image to Feminist Frequency for commercial use. Do you have any relevant paperwork showing that your company has legitimately licensed this image, and that this is a simple misunderstanding instead of intentional copyright infringement?
Since you state in interviews that the video series infringing on my copyrighted work is non-profit: do you also have valid proof of 501(c)3 status, or a transparent breakdown showing that the Kickstarter campaign’s net earnings (including derivative opportunities such as paid speaking engagements & site donations) are not being used to benefit any private shareholder or individual.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but content creation is how I make my living and professional reputation. I typically do not license my work or lend endorsement in situations where there isn’t the utmost transparency. I would greatly appreciate a speedy response (within 24 hours) so we can proceed to resolve this situation.
Thanks for your time,
(FYI, letter is based on these open source letters, and remains open source for anyone who it might help. Feel free to use.)
Anita Sarkeesian needs to just disappear into obscurity. She’s soooo two-faced it’s unreal.
>strong female protag
>strong female antag
>both take no shit
>main villain is female
>all the male characters are sidekicks or just there to help
>plot mainly focuses on main characters struggle
>has intricate plotline with twists and turns
and yet some how people think Kill La Kill is porn.
It doesn’t matter how well written it is, I’ve seen the gifsets of the show and that shit is male-gazey as fuck. The points you’re using to defend the show doesn’t change that.
have you ever even watched an episode? you’re going off of what youve seen on here, not from the actual show. in that case that doesnt hold much weight at all.
someone on tumblr criticizing something without knowing anything about it and only judging it from gifsets
what a shocker i am completely taken aback with surprise
-the italian one
I can think of maybe one or two of the main male cast that hasn’t appeared naked/mostly naked in a fanservice way.
Look at all that male gaze
(I’m sure as hell gazing at all these fine males)
I don’t understand the girls in this site. Like, at all.
- They laugh how men have fragile egos, but they complain about a fashion article for weeks.
- They hate cisgendered white men, but worship Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jensen Ackles, Chris Evans, and other white male celebrities.
- Bash men for fetishizing lesbians, but they create fan art and fanfics where gay men are sexualized; some of them glorify rape and pedophilia. Plus, they ship real life men.
- They hate bronies for sexualizing MLP characters, then there’s Elsana porn all over the place. And they fetishized a real life person (Yuzuru Hanyu incident).
- Making kitchen/sandwich jokes is a sin, but “kill all men” is acceptable.
- Criticize men who complain about friendzoning, then they quickly call a man misogynist, racist, transphobic fat shamer if he’s not attracted to them.
Does that mean men doing shitty things doesn’t exist? Of course not. But women are equally shitty, but they seem to deny it or make up some excuse. I know they’ll say I have internalized misogyny or I don’t know what feminism is (it’s scary to think this is considered feminism). Still, this type of behavior is not only hypocritical, but unhealthy.
The double standards on this site are truly ridiculous.
I just wish people would realize that both women and men are capable of doing terrible, awful things. Women and men are capable of bullying. Women and men are capable of objectification and fetishization. Women and men are capable of making off-color, insensitive jokes. Women and men are capable of being violent, whether physically, mentally/emotionally, or sexually.
I’m not asking for them to give guys some slack. When a guy does something really shitty, calling him out is a fine idea! I’m just asking them to stop giving shitty women slack. Stop excusing their shitty actions. Biological sex does not excuse a person’s assholery. You can be an ignorant ham sandwich regardless of sex or gender.
A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.
Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek
In regards to "sorry dude" I can TOTALLY see that being an issue. However, people being triggered by words like "rape" and people believe who we should trigger warn everything... I just... Can't empathize. Get help. That's what I did. If I didn't, I'd be flying off the hook everytime I heard a whistling or banging sound. Ive been shot at, but luckily gunshots don't trigger me anymore because I got help. Which is what many people here should do.
I’m for labeling things like rape and murder and gore because even if it doesn’t trigger somebody, some simply are made highly uncomfortable by those things but there are people I know who want a blog to put a trigger label on everything, from talk of flowers to insects to pictures of food, something I would refuse to do.
People should seek help overcome their issues because if they are truly triggered by so many small and often very common things then it would seriously impair their daily lives and from what I know of panic attacks and what happens when a person is truly triggered, they are usually not capable of writing up a long angry rant to somebody while yelling about how triggered they are.
Waluigi. I don't belong here because as a veteran with PTSD, I am unable to empathize with many of these "issues" people speak of. Triggers especially.
There was a post going around for awhile that mentioned the bastardization of trigger warnings, particularly by this website.
You should know, however, that many of those who ARE triggered (abuse victims, ED recoverers, people with OCD) are triggered by things that some might consider strange.
Which is why it’s so important to not call “content warnings” and things that make us a little uncomfortable “trigger warnings.” It makes a joke out of them for the people that really are triggered.
I remember a case study of a four year old girl who had witnessed the rape and murder of her mother by her mother’s boyfriend. The murderer then attempted to murder the girl by slashing her throat, telling her “Sorry dude” while he did so; though thankfully she survived.
However she ended up with PTSD due to being shunted into foster system without any therapy. She was finally examined due to her behavior. Whenever a doorbell rang she’d go into a panic and would hide, rocking back and forth while saying “sorry dude”, and she would also be triggered by milk, since she tried to feed her mom milk to make her better.
It shows that for those who are seriously suffering from trauma, that even for them triggers can be “weird” as well as triggers are heavily influenced by the trauma itself. So I try not to begrudge people too much when they have strange triggers.