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My work, Bill Gates, TED Talks, No credit, WTF!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 14, 2012, 5:59 PM
....and I didn't even know!! All the way back in 2010 in fact, It took me all this time find out because no one notified me, or even bothered crediting.



Eon by Hameed



Horizon - Widescreen Wallpaper by Hameed

I also found this article showing what looks like a photo of my horizon image on that giant view screen behind him: www.terrapass.com/blog/posts/b…

I can just imagine him sitting in front of powerpoint working away at his presentation, but then again someone more than likely prepared it for him.

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Avarycce Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At they very least they should credit you. I try to always first get permission and credit when I use someone's work.

Big companies and famous people are not exempt from basic courtesy. I am very sorry that they did this to you.
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IgorKlajo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
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.
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Diavolus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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)...
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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4-CtY Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Funny, pirate microsoft-get sued for millions, but it's totally fine for Gates to steal artwork from artists without crediting.
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somk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
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 ? ;)
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, we will see how it goes.
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Smattila Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   General Artist
Damnit I saw em but it didn't occur to me that they were stolen $_$
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah i guess a few people saw it, i came across it by accident and was quite shocked.
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Hellstern Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Changed the back.
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
:)
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Hellstern Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
sorry, but why you reported my image?
it become suspended.
I thought we resolved that matter.
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012   Digital Artist
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.
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NaruSaku19 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Photographer
Hey, just thought I'd let you know that somebody used your Horizon picture in a video: [link]
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, and that video alone has been viewed over 8 million times. :( That image is all over youtube now, i cannot keep up with it.
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NaruSaku19 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Photographer
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.
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Hellstern Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
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
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
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.
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Hellstern Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
[link]
i think it was from here..
maybe you'll find your other works there.
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
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.
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mynameisneo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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).
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
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.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's understandable. This case probably wouldn't be the best one to go public anyway. Do you plan on doing something about it?
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Still working on it, not entirely sure yet.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well good luck either way.
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RoTTeNBC Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You SHOULD just warn them but hey, that's probably a lot of money if what you say is true!

JUST SAYING THIS SO EVERYTIME YOU TAKE A SIP OF THAT MARTINI YOU REMEMBER HOW, EXACTLY, YOU GOT IT.

Also, it could be a string of plagiarism in which someone else claimed ownership and was consulted for "their" MAGNIFICENT piece's controversial value (in MULAH).

You could seriously get something good out of this; be Bill Gate's BACKGROUND MAKER.

Oh god, DOUBLE MARTINI'S ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SKY, MAN.
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah that happens allot too, there is always some new young graphic designer fresh out of uni working in the organisation that doesn't know all the rules yet to fall back on as an excuse.
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Casperium Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah i have a similar case with one my own Swan Nebula image being used (although very briefly) by the great BBC.
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Casperium Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well that just goes to show you how great of an artist you are! Even the TV shows are stealing your art...lol..
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BILL GATES!? You know, when I saw this my eyes turned into dollar signs...for you of course :paranoid: I sure hope you can milk some compensation out of that very comfortable cash cow :please:

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 :no: 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 :p
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback man, this certainly seems like a big one, i will everyone here posted as it progresses, unless of-course i am advised against that.
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chrismday Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
I would demand some sort of compensation for the use of your images without consent/credit
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
I will at the very least be demanding an explanation.
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ckmoore Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I would definitely try to get more than just an explanation. Compensation, or at the very least, very prominent credit. But, they can afford to pay ;P
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Werebereus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So...can you sue or something.
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Still working on it, i only just found out, not sure what i am going to do either way yet actually.
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Werebereus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should sue and tell those fuckers not to do it again
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