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avatar Ivain
Level 52 : Grandmaster Terraformer
I don't often make blogs like this, but today's happening has justified it.

You see, today a few friends of mine found a guy on instagram that is posting other people's content. He never exactly claims them his work, but a lot of his followers believe he made it, and he never bothers to disabuse them of the notion. This is a guy with 20K+ followers I'm talking about.

Now, as you can imagine, this makes me sorta irritated.
As a result, I've gone around his posts, each time posting a link to the original project on this website, if I could find it.

Now, I found many projects by many different users, but not any by me (guess I'm not popular enough D:), but I did find work by teams like Gocreative, Blockworks, Solari, etc. Also by individuals like Denzarou, Darastlix, Destiny Gene, and many many others.

He has currently blocked me, but there are many other builders aware of him now, including members of Blockworks and GoCreative, both of whom I believe may submit copyright claims, which is not something I can do.

For any further info, check my twitter.

PS: Mods, if any part of this blog breaks the website rules, please alert me and I will remove said part. No need to remove the entire post. I'm not a regular blogger.
CreditPicture from icons.myitemsmyway.com. SHOUTOUT TO HEBARAMC, who originally discovered this user

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  • Neekoris
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • August 13, 2016, 6:37 pm
Some people, god damn.
  • HebaraMC
  • Level 26
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • July 31, 2016, 3:16 pm
I discovered it because someone of my buildteam Blockheaven gave me the link of a build uploaded by this guy without credits... basically this guy get followers on instagram uploading pictures of builds without credits.. This is like open a youtube channel and upload music content without credits and get money for that... I hope unless that somebody report him or remove all the pictures..
  • Udvio
  • Level 49
  • Master Artist
  • July 31, 2016, 2:20 am
We'll try to take down those accounts if there is any way of doing so. This situation is pathetic.
  • Ivain
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • July 31, 2016, 2:55 am
I would've reported all of them, but copyright reports require actual personal data and stuff, not gonna work for stuff thats not mine.
  • MaxLeon
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 31, 2016, 2:10 am
I think every builder knows the unwritten rules we have .
You can't use any of his work without his agreement even for a god dam post .
  • Necrosys
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • July 30, 2016, 5:09 am
Such a scumbag. I'll drop him on his head
  • EonlI
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Artist
  • July 30, 2016, 12:41 am
This guy is so pathetic. Really. Anyway, thanks for this blog, without you I would not have discovered that this guy had taken my build.
  • Joebricksy
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • July 30, 2016, 12:37 am
I don't think there is really anything that can be done about this guy unfortunately. But at the same time I don't really care too much about 200-300 people (because that seems to be his active followers base, Looking at some of the accounts who liked the posts, a bunch of them are most likely bought followers) not knowing who made the build or believing that dude was it. They wouldn't care about it if it existed either.

Thanks for pointing it out though! I don't get what's so difficult and what could influence him negatively if he gave credit though. A shame how egotistical some people are...
  • Ivain
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • July 30, 2016, 7:53 am
Also, his 20K followers mostly believe he made all those things. He rarely disabuses them of it, and if he does always words it like "not this specific build", implying he did make a lot of the others.

Currently there's a person with an account called 'givecreditwhereitsdue2' that's posting credit to all the builds in the comments. The 2 implies the first one was already blocked. I honestly don't believe that instagram would allow this sort of thing to continue long, but apparently it has.
  • Ivain
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • July 30, 2016, 7:51 am
According to Instagram's intellectual property policy, you can make a claim if someone uploads a photograph that you took, or something that you created, but not if someone uploads a photograph of you, and probably also not if they took one of something you made.

So while it may be hard to lay claim to the posts because of the actual builds, it is possible to put in a claim because of the actual renders.
  • Art Dei Tech
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Grump
  • July 29, 2016, 10:49 pm
Hello, thanks ivain for the heads up! :)
It's not my first time getting plagiarised, probably alot more guys like him out there but I really do appreciate people like you calling them out :D
Time to start implementing some licenses. heh.
I would like to update that the account seems to have deactivated!
Can confirm this guy does not intend on giving builders their credit. I've left comments on several of his pictures of the respective builders' twitter to only have it removed by him and blocked.

says cant find the builder behind the photos but goes on to delete any link to credit lmaooo
blocked me too :/
  • ChickenMac7
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • July 29, 2016, 7:16 pm
People like that are sad individuals.
Thanks Ivain,

- Willy

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