1 More day and I'm outta here! and an important note from a dear friend.
Well in approx 33 hours I'll be leaving Montreal by Train to New York with several friends, we'll be staying there for 2 days enjoying the sights and flavors of the BIG APPLE. After we're taking a flight to Managua Nicaragua!, thats where I'll be shooting my friends wedding and taking a breather from the cold brisk weather of Montreal. From -30 to +30! what a difference eh? heh. So my friend [link]
recently run into a problem and I decided to post her run in with plagiarism so here it is. I'm a witness to this so if you have a few moments, I and her would really appreciate this if you ever run into this character. Thanks and Happy Holidays + A wicked New Years!.
This is a semi-extensive report, put out there for all you artists as a warning. All information disclosed is factual & all sources are sited legitimately. I advise you to avoid this individual at all costs, though in the end, it is up to you to risk your work to "Artiistiic-Soul".
The "Artiistiic-Soul" plagiarizes facebook groups & concepts. "Open Secretz : Poemz, Lyricz, Photography, Art, Storiez" is a plagiarized version of the group I created & formerly administrated "Liars Lair: Personal Poetry, Lyrics, Creative Writting, Photography & Art":
Open Secretz : Poemz, Lyricz, Photography, Art, Storiez: [link]
Liars Lair: Personal Poetry, Lyrics, Creative Writting, Photography & Art: [link]
I no longer administrate 'Liars Lair', & have sadly felt I needed to removed the original description/layout in order to allow the group an authentic look & feel in comparison to 'Open Secretz', which had much too many similarities after the development of 'Liars Lair' to be anything more than a copycat. It's a shame that 'Liars Lair' has suffered by this act of plagiarism. I stand by the fact that the quantity of members in 'Open Secretz', should not be compared to the quality of the content uploaded to 'Liars Lair'. Both groups are run well, & have great members & contributions, different & well defined in their own creative ways. I do not agree however, with 'Liars Lair' being undermined by the impression of lacking authenticity, due to this copy cat group. Regardless of 'Open Secretz' membership success, the member count should not account for it being used as a status symbol of superiority by any margin.
"Artiistiic-Soul" copycats photoshoot ideas, & is then hypocritical about it. I was accused of copying a shoot of "Artiistiic-Souls". The setting was very similar, but the pose, look, & mood were quite different. I didn't find this accusation very fair, nor did I find it very mature or amusing that "Artiistiic-Soul" had another individual report back to it afterward in a comment as if it had been planned. "Artiistiic-Soul" say's: "I sometimes grab photos I've found on the Net, trying to duplicate them, often making them different && my own." So I see no reason why anyone of its followers should complain for it.
"Artiistiic-Soul", is also a thief of original photographs. As I continued with my research, I was annoyed, but accepting of the things being said about me among "Artiistiic-Soul" & its friends for all of Facebook to see. This report is not so much to complain about slander or libel. I was however, appalled & disgusted when I saw my own photos being advertised with "Artiistiic-Souls" name on them, modified from my stock originals. I may not like "Artiistiic-Soul" for how I've been treated, & "Artiistiic-Soul" may not like me back, but I can remove myself from bitterness long enough to take a good look at it's work & see that it's quite good at what it does. Yet, there were two of my photos, staring back at me, & the album description posted with a clear THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY ME message from "Artiistiic-Soul" itself. I never gave any consent in which "Artiistiic-Soul" could publically display those photographs, nor did I grant my consent for it to display them as its own. "Artiistiic-Soul" has therefore infringed my copyrights.
Copyright infringement of my photos on Fb & dA, I have original stock photos with full stats to prove their authenticity to ME & no one else:[link][link]
(If unable to find, this link will take you to the page they're on) [link] [link][link]
Two of my stock-modified versions can be found here, originals, please contact me for info:[link][link]
"Artiistiic-Soul" is an executor of slander & libel. Throughout my research, I found many cases in which either my name was mentioned, or my work was referred to & spat on (so to speak). That's fine by me, I've done the same in the past, though I've been mature & legitimate enough to not mention "Artiistiic-Souls" true identity directly on a public forum of any kind, & I can't recall that I referred to it's work publically either (despite subjecting obviousness). Due to "Artiistiic-Souls" harassment behind the semi-closed doors of facebook, incessant admittance to spying (see link to "I Spy"), & its inanimate maturity, I've started fresh in places I hope it will never reach. I only hope that "Artiistiic-Soul" can find a way to grow out of this obsessive stalking phase in which I've also been mildly subjected to, so as to collect this incriminating information & defend myself & my work from "Artiistiic-Souls" bitter backed lies. "Artiistiic-Soul" is an amazing & talented artist, I am not out to bash her or her work. But, because of all this cyber stalking, plagiarizing, & copyright infringement, who can tell how much of the "Artiistiic-Soul" is really authentic? Has "Artiistiic-Soul" plagiarized other people? Has it infringed other copyrights? Who knows? Just know that if "Artiistiic-Soul" can do what it did to me, it can do it to you too.
References to me & my work, admittance to spying:[link][link]
Also, some original dialogue concerning the "Open Secret" contacting my friends through "a source":
"This "Open Secret" added me yesterday. Seems like it knows you but isn't fond of you.. I mean when it added me it seemed very familiar, first its high school then I notice even how it writes its stuff is like you, it even invited me to groups bout its poetry and photography. You two are very a like and it seems like it's not too fond of you."
"you are a great friend of mine and that's that but it says that you're not what you seem... it has some attitude I can tell which I don't very much appreciate."
"Hope all is well Faythe *hug*. Oh it also said Faythe isn't your name... I'm guessing it's just a pseudo name?."
"I knew there was something about it (Artiistiic-Soul).. God dammit. It should grow the fuck up, I'm guessing it found me through you somehow, either dA or fb or something I dunno. Damn it's deleted."
Kyle Ruggles, do you grant your permission to me to use the personal information relayed in these texts for use in my expository essay, as well as the information relayed to me through our personal contact through facebook messages, etc? If yes, would you like to remain anonymous?
Reply: YES! I'll disclose any and all information that would be nessessary.
Consent given at: 8:50 PM on December 23rd 2008
"Hi Faythe.I need some advice. Who is "Open Secret"? Should i accept it as a friend? Im just curious because it is from (random highschool) like you, but is not one of your friends. So i just thought i should check it out with you, before i think of confirming or anything. Thanks."
"Yesterday i friend requested her out of curiosity after someone sent an invite to a group called Open secrets or something, then when i looked at her info, etc, something in my instinct felt wrong, so i deleted her straightaway. Today she sent me a friend request, so i will ignore it."
"I just hope she isnt able to hack into my info, etc, or try chaos with my life. Maybe i should check my privacy settings. Thanks again!"
Do you grant your permission to me to use the personal information relayed in these texts for use in my expository essay, as well as the information relayed to me through our personal contact through facebook messages, etc? If yes, would you like to remain anonymous?
Anonymous: Yes, I give permission to use the relevent information on the condition of anonynimity.
Consent given at: 11:27 PM on December 24th 2008
SLANDER: To utter slander against, defame.
LIBEL: A written of oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys and unjustly unfavorable impression.
PLAGIARIZE: To steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one's own, use another's production without crediting the source.
COPYRIGHT: The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something as literary, musical, or artistic work.
INFRINGEMENT: An encroaching or trespass on a right or privilege.
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