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28 July 2007 @ 04:20 pm
Plagiarized drawings on Deviant Art  
It seems that someone by the name of MysteriousDarkSoul is plagiarizing stefynik's drawings!!! MysteriousDarkSoul's profile on Deviant Art states s/he is from the United States. Stefynik lives in Italy.

Here is one example: This is a drawing I suspect was copied: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/48133752/

And here is the original by Stefynik: http://www.flickr.com/photos/19005142@N00/105460246/

And another picture copied: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/47708696/

And the original by Stefy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/19005142@N00/184996131/

There are MANY more (10 in all) examples if you check out the links below and compare.

For an overview of MysteriousDarkSoul's gallery at DeviantArt:

Stefy's work is most easily viewable at:
Gisele: Hermione-WTF?sweet_lemmon on July 28th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
I sent a comment to Stefy about it.
RahNeerahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Good! I sent her an email, but I am not sure if I have her correct email address. Hopefully one of our messages will get through.

Thanks for being the original person to wave the red flag!
Bambu: Seasonal Moonbambu345 on July 28th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
It seems quite clear she's copied the images, but it also seems clear that she hasn't taken the original images and called them her own. I wonder if D.A. has a policy about giving credit to source material?
RahNeerahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
I don't belong to D.A. as I have not an ounce of artistic talent in my body. So I dunno what policies they have. Meh.

Yeah, she's changed the pictures a bit, but they are way to similar to be just inspired by the originals. These ARE the originals, just a few lines erased or changed. It looks to me like she traced Stefy's pics and made changes from there.

And then claims they are her's as each pic says "by MysteriousDarkSoul" on it.

avari20 has an account at D.A. and has made a complaint, so hopefully this will get resolved soon!
Bambu: HP Hermione Grangerbambu345 on July 29th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Good for avari20! I really hate it when people steal other's creative ideas, especially without either asking or giving due credit.


There is a distinct difference between the two images. Stefynik's are cherubit with a touch of innocence to them; these others are a little more angular and without that last blush of childhood to them. Very distinct.
(no subject) - avari20 on July 29th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bambu: Real Life Cocked Eyebrowbambu345 on July 29th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
I was shocked by the Kitty one. That's just too, too much like stealing for me.

I do have a Deviant account and I'm going to lodge a complaint in about three minutes, after I leave a rather scathing comment for the artist. I find this sort of thing utterly reprehensible.
(no subject) - avari20 on July 29th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
RahNee: oh snaprahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read what Bambu has to say either!
(no subject) - avari20 on July 29th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bambu: HP Every Life is Worth Savingbambu345 on July 29th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I was very restrained ... see my note to Ava.

You know, had this little bimbo given credit in the first place, then she/he/it would have been covered. But trying to pass it off as original is just really irritating.
Bambu: Real Life Cocked Eyebrowbambu345 on July 29th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
I was actually very restrained in my comment (which I left on the Kitty illustration,) but I did send a more direct and pointed note to the admins.

The only reason I was restrained is that my elder son asked what I was doing -- he's an artist -- and he said maybe she was very young and didn't know she wasn't supposed to copy. That his middle school art teacher had told him that copying was how you learn to get better.

So I wasn't nearly as cutting as I would have been otherwise. We'll see if the artist replies, and then I might get a chance to sharpen my claws! ::grins::
RahNee: did I say that out loudrahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I've been reading the person's comments at various copied pictures, and often she claims she had the pictures "laying around in an old folder" so she is NOT being forthcoming about the source.

AND she is 19 years old.

It will be interesting to see what happens. I'm browsing her gallery and finding MANY more Stefy copies. GRRRRrrrrrr!
Bambu: Real Life Smitebambu345 on July 29th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Ah! It looks as if I'll be sharpening my claws then!
RahNee: oh snaprahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
lorett and avari20 have left some very, ahem, scathing remarks on the chick's profile page.

I have made a note to self to never get them riled up at ME!
Bambu: Real Life Smitebambu345 on July 29th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Okay I've left a more pointed comment, but Lorett beat me to the no holds barred version. She's just wonderful in full battle mode!
RahNee: prepare to dierahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
SCARY is what she is!

Did you see Ava's comment? Lorett and Ava BOTH left rather scorching remarks on this girl's profile page under "comments."
Bambubambu345 on July 29th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I added a comment below. I left a rather scathing comment on her profile page too.

Ava's and Lorett's were brilliant.
RahNee: Wonder Womanrahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Forgot to add: That was a wonderfully subtly cutting comment you made!

I think you've shown some real improvement, and it's smart of you to learn from someone with real talent. I look forward to seeing your own work at some point.

Beautiful! And I loved that you called her on her comments about it being "old work!"

At the rate you girls are going, I may not have to join DA and put my 2 cents in after all! (But I still might. Feeling a little riled up myself)
Bambubambu345 on July 29th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! I was really irritated and think this little muffin is nothing more than a mediocrity.
(no subject) - avari20 on July 29th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bambu: HP Manipulative Dumbledorebambu345 on July 29th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
::gigglesnort:: I see you found it, and yes I noticed Steffy's comment. She was beautifully restrained!
(no subject) - avari20 on July 29th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bambu: Real Life Smitebambu345 on July 29th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
I loved your comment. And when I went to her gallery and saw how many she'd lifted, I left an more scathing note ... it's just after yours on her 'home page.' I loved what you wrote!
(no subject) - avari20 on July 30th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bambu: Quips Naked Witchesbambu345 on July 31st, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ack! I didn't reply to you. Sorry.

I think any sympathy I might have had was thrown out the window when I realized how old she was and how many pieces she was claiming as her own. It was the tag line and that offhand little note 'oh, just a little sketch I tossed off.' UGH. What a cow!

I'm really glad you liked my velvet wrapped barbs. I want to rip someone a new one so that they say 'thank you' at the end!
Bambu: Edibles A Splash of Limebambu345 on July 29th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
When I went to her gallery and saw how many of Stefynik's illustrations she was passing off as her own, I was livid.

I've left several individual comments, each a little more pointed, and I've joined Lorett and Ava in a rather scathing comment on her artist page.

What a little cheat.
RahNee: did I say that out loudrahnee13 on July 29th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
MysteriousDarkSoul's tag line: What's so great about the truth? Try lying for a change - It's the currency of the world (Dan Woolf, Closer)

Bambu's comment about it: It seems your Dan Woolf tag line is something you choose to live by. You have indeed been lying.

Oooh. That quote just got me all riled up, too! It was rather telling, was it not?

Thanks to your comment on her profile page, there is a nice trifecta of warnings for her. I am interested to see what she does.
Bambu: Quips The Tao of Poohbambu345 on July 30th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
I really disliked that tag line ... and it seemed to be perfectly fitting for this little slag.

It will be very interesting to see if there's any response from her. Although I've sent a note to the admins as well.