I guess they forgot to ask. Someone prepared the presentation and needed a cool image just to see how the presentation looks like, so they used a cool and great picture. Why pay for it it's only a test to see how it looks and feels like. They gonna buy a photo ones things are done... so going on with the work on the presentation with this "current just for test" photo, well they got used to it, without even noticing that it's only a preview, test photo. They got so used to it that they started building the presentation around the photo, making it primary, give it more attention, all other elements should reflect the photos theme and style. By the end of the work on the presentation, people simple forgot that this image is just a "test photo" and nobody actually bought it/asked for a license, so when it was time to present the work, when asked if everything is fine, they simply said, "YES". Although, maybe, somebody knew that something was wrong here, but failed to admit it, so heck... Who'll know... and that's how your work probably got into a presentation without being asked.
The alternative is that someone stole your work, uploaded it to a stock resource website and people actually bought it without knowing that the real author of the work doesn't have a clue about it.
If you want to do something that works for both you and Billy, sue him for 20 million dollars. Shouldn't be hard to win this fight, in my mind. Afterwards, you take all that money except what you would have taken if they had asked for permission, and fund some CO2-saving research project... I bet Bill can afford losing this amount of money on his left cheek, and it may be a lot more than what he himself would have put into this (considering the fact that he's still one of the richest human beings alive and in history, I also bet he alone could fund the development of some sort of technology that powers half the US without a single pound of CO2-emissions within a year, and still have enough money to live a happy life, but until now it seems he rather sits in a comfortable chair and talks for a couple of minutes than actually do something about the problems he's talking about)...
I've maintained that I wouldn't be using Windows if it wasn't for the fact I rely on the OS for software and some of my hardware isn't Ubuntu friendly - this move by Bill Gate$ makes me wish I could move over to Ubuntu even more.
Retroactive compensation! Ask a lawyer for a nice letter, it's worth trying, especially during election time with all the noise about copyrights etc... It sucks to have to be guard dogs of our own creations but if we can't teach them how to behave, we still can hope for some sort of a compensation, right ?
So did I? I reported the image when i first saw it, but requested that they get you to note me, when you said you had received a note i thought it was from the DA admins, I know you painted the image to fix it, but it did still look very similar to mine, maybe that's why they removed it, i really don't know. You will have to ask them.
It's really sad to see so many people not crediting you or anything. I mean, could you imagine the traffic you would be getting if Bill Gates had credited your art?! It's another reason why I'm not a fan of Bill. If I'm correct I think Steve Job's always had Apple buy art or had artist's make art for Apple to use.
i'm sorry, i just found this among other nasa photos, have no idea that was yours render, luckily i was noted. It's quite a lesson for me, not to haste. I have no commecrciall use in this, so i will just change it. Again, i'm really sorry, have no bad intention
I thought so, thats why i didnt request it to be removed, you are a wonderful artist btw i have always been a fan of yours. I am guessing you were careful to select your stocks from NASA, it would be helpful to me if you could provide a link to where you downloaded it from so i can trace the source.
Thanks for the link, this looks like one of those many wallpaper sites that are made up of hundreds of stolen images, i have attempted to contact the web masters, but something tells me that won't do any good, which is usually the case.
Hey, it looks like that website is hosted by HostGator...which is a good thing as I work for the HostGator Security department and can make a suggestion. I would highly recommend that you send a DMCA notice to our department, where it will be investigated and taken down as required by law. You or your lawyer can easily fill out the DMCA form online. Alternatively you can follow the guide we have for sending DMCA notices via fax or letter.
It often won't be productive to contact the webmaster of such sites as they usually feel any image hosted on the internet is fair game. However, if you contact their hosting providers (by looking up their IP and performing a whois search on it) or even their upstream providers, chances are fairly good that you'll be able to have your works taken down.
Honestly, a letter from a lawyer on your behalf would probably lead to a settlement without any need for a lawsuit. That being said, maybe we need a very public case in order to make this problem more widely known (though chances are this case would never make it to trial).
Thanks man, not sure if i want to become the public face of this issue for artists, esp against someone known to have such deep pockets, although this wouldnt be an issue about money for me, i am very afraid that such an event would put me off my making 'stuff' altogether.
lol Discovery Channel did that to me... I eventually found out who did it and got compensation... apparently a lot of these companies send out to a graphics company to create their graphics, and assuming of course that they company is using legitimate images. It took me 3 weeks to get answers. I hope you find out who did this and get the money you deserve.
BILL GATES!? You know, when I saw this my eyes turned into dollar signs...for you of course I sure hope you can milk some compensation out of that very comfortable cash cow
I don't get how even good artists still steal work from others, it's like they do so much of it themselves, and do a damn good job of it too, but then they reach a point where they just say "Fuck it, someone else's work will fill the background" It just doesn't seem professional I don't see how someone who can draw characters and a spaceship interior so well would find it too hard to draw a simple planet in the background, at least then the style would be consistent all the way through