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Desktop Nexus Alert Update

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 9:02 AM

Once again the monster that is Desktop Nexus, and its plethora of incredibly stupid members raises its ugly head again

It annoys me no end that I seem to have to send out reminders like this every year or so about this site which needs killing slowly and painfully by the fire of a thousand suns.

Its members are now trying a new tack of apparently "crediting" and saying they have permission from all of YOU, yes, even you lurking in the back row there  - you have apparently given them permission to redistribute YOUR work on desktop Nexus as wallpapers.

I might add, that if you have actually been idiotic enough to give somebody permission to redistribute your artwork in this manner, you and by granting and receiving permission - them - are still responsible for accurately providing the required credits as per your agreements with the original stock providers you used when creating your work.  It is furthermore YOUR responsibility to make sure anybody you have apparently given permission to credits properly as its YOUR artwork, and YOUR agreement.

If you don't particularly like the sound of that, I highly recommend you go and check to make sure somebody isn't telling porky pies about having permission from you -

A few users who seem to be saying they have permission  and who seem to have ridiculous amounts of "permission granted" artwork in their galleries -

UPDATE 13/05/2013

All accounts I have contacted directly so far via DN or DA have made the effort to remove any images that were violating my terms of use which is very much appreciated.

I would like to say that a lot of artists are still very confused about what they may or may not have given permission to other people to share, so its absolutely vital both for you as artists, and for the people asking for permission that you understand what it is you are agreeing to!

Please don't just agree without checking and making sure you understand!!

I really hate having to spend hours and hours and hours of my time sorting out things like this, I can promise you its not enjoyable.

To all the artists I've spoken to directly via note, thanks for getting back to me so quickly - I really recommend you speak directly to the users commenting down there \/ about having gotten permission from you if you haven't - I know many of you have said you didn't even realize or know :/


Those of you who have been on the site for quite some time will probably remember the last joyful catch up with Mr Harry Maugans (the owner of Desktop Nexus) who told us last time that he wasn't going to remove a moderator from the site who was supposedly "moderating other copyright issues" - despite the fact that they had copyright violations in their own submissions.  
Ironically about 3 months ago Harry tried to add me as a contact on LinkedIn.  I'm sure you can imagine my response.

Lets not forget that Mr Maugans is making money from your artwork through all the advertising and page hits on this site.  He is ultimately, through the members of the site using your artwork for commercial gain.

Reporting Violations and passing on the information above

Desktop Nexus has a "report" option on each submission, however they seem to ignore these as we've discovered before.  You are better going directly to the DMCA form that they have now added.…

:bulletgreen: Please please do pass on the word to your art/stock/manip friends and check the site in case your artwork is being shared as a desktop wallpaper!

Personal Reminder

I myself as a stock provider DO NOT give artists permission to display their work anywhere without credits for my stock - furthermore I DO NOT allow images using my stock to be redistributed as wallpapers.  This is a requirement in my terms of use and is non negotiable.  I will be sending out reminders to this effect to peoples names who have come to my attention and I will be issuing take down orders if the issues remain unresolved.  I'm getting sick and tired of people playing fast and loose with the terms of use I place on my stock, and yes you may argue that you are not responsible for other people sharing your work, but I'm sorry, you are.  Its YOUR name associated with the artwork, and YOU are the one who by downloading my stock agreed to abide by my plain and simple terms of use in relationship to crediting, informing me of the use and letting me know when you display your work on any site other than DA.

My full terms of use are here for your information and to refresh yourselves with if you need to -…


Stolen artwork being redistributed on Desktop Nexus, please pass the word along!
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iquanyin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I do all my stuff from my own images (mostly iphoneography ) and, as a nod to all the ideas and so on coming to me utterly freely via the universe itself, all listened cc (share alike). don't need to spend the finite time.of this existence on these things.
Kyrelimit Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Someone JUST asked me this, and asked for permission. I dont understand why or what or who or where and what happens to my images.

I know its a wallpaper site and if they give me credit then im fine with it, but are they making a profit or what are they benefiting by doing this ? 
Elandria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Personally, I wouldn't give anybody permission to redistribute my work on another site.  They get credit for it (even if they do link back to your original) and more often than not it encourages theft as the "wallpaper" version gets spread around hundreds of similar sites - usually without the credits.  The wallpaper sites themselves make a profit from the advertising which works because of all these people uploading artwork they don't own making the site more popular. So whilst the person asking you for permission isn't making any money, the site they are uploading to will be, else it wouldn't exist.  They don't really "benefit" in any physical way from asking to upload your work, but they will get comments and faves and things and more attention, which is what they are really after. 
Children7 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Oh, just read that stock by Elandria is not to be put up on Desktop Nexus, so for those works I withdraw my permission, and have written to Secretadmires letting her know!

Sorry it took so long, I haven't checked my mail for awhile!
Children7 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
This is to let you know that I have given :iconsecretadmires: permission to put my work up on Desktop Nexus.

Thank you
AnBAD Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mabahe Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Hi I want to clarify about the permission I gave ~Charming-RedRose to publish my work under the condition that each link send me publishing them.
Still thank you for having that eye ^Elandria vigilant to our works
Sorry for my English, not if you understand what I mean.
enchanting-ce-memory Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was approached to display my work! I have asked the owner to remove any with your stock! :)
Elandria Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
she gave me full credit on all my images and even linked back to my sites. Have you asked her to do the same for you? She had no problem giving credit and if you don't want them up she will most likely take them down automatically.
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