There have been a handful of times in the past that I've posted about folks of wildly varying ages shamelessly taking photos right off this page and immediately re-uploading them to the official LEGO Hero Factory Gallery with new names & backstories. What I bring to you today, though, puts all of those previous reports to shame.
Over the past few months I've been quietly collecting notes from readers like you both here and on YouTube who have pointed out various places my photos have shown up with other people taking completely undue credit. Over the past week, I went through the proper channels and got 21 of these... situations... corrected.
From the official LEGO Hero Factory Gallery:
- sert3210 stole photos of my Ultra Arachnix, Stormer XL, and Trachylomid
- kiliankip posted up my Anansi mobile gun drone
- duncan1921 uploaded a shot of the 4-legged walker from my Bionicle: Untold Rilovian storyline
- hanifanilham "borrowed" Blanko 1.9
- cameronhead tried to take credit for my Bionicle MOC "Greed"
- gabriel9377 used my photo of the normal Breakout Surge for some reason, complete with my watermark all over it
- happydap123 claimed my Vaptix R-1S as his own
- asdfhd took one of my photos of Alba
- mrblue4397 re-uploaded a pic of Tylus
- dien3981, furkfrompork, and m1970arcelo each tried to take credit for my "The Drone" movie replica from Rise of the Rookies, which in turn wasn't even my design to begin with. The difference is that had the decency to explicitly state exactly what the creation was, what inspired it, where it came from, and, once I found out, who did the original design that then inspired the movie version. I also actually built the one I blogged about with my own hands and my own parts, and I took the photos myself.
- m1970arcelo went not just the extra mile, but extra miles by snatching some of my photos of Redox 2.0, Ruze 2.0, Alba, Stringer 2.0, Bulk 2.0, and Specter 2.0
Thanks to some very basic laws out there that essentially say "you can't steal," all of the above entries in the offical HF gallery have been deleted, and the eBay auction was taken down.
Once again I must thank all of you readers out there who report these things, and would appreciate any continued help since I really don't get much time to browse anything for any reason. I also don't desire to trawl the 'net looking for people who are trying to take credit for my work. I prefer to focus on making MOCs, testing RC cars & planes, spending time with my girlfriend, and doing other positive, enjoyable things.
Now, every time I make mention of the whole abstract concept of "stealing is bad," at least one hero steps up to defend the thiefdom, saying something like, "They're just kids, they don't know what they're doing." Some responses from me:
- Some of them say they're in their teens. They know what they're doing.
- Many of them didn't just re-up the photos, they gave the creations new names and wrote descriptions saying how long it took them to build the MOCs or how difficult they were. They know what they're doing.
- I'll split the truly young kids who have done this stuff into two groups...
- Some know full well that they're taking someone else's work and calling it their own, but they don't think this is wrong, as long as they don't get caught. This is a failure of parenting, and needs to be fixed. Theft & plagiarism are wrong, and you won't get far in life with either.
- Some don't fully understand what they're doing at all, they're just moving around pictures that they like. I'm not mad at 'em, but they still need to know that on this planet called Earth, which they'll be living in for their whole lives, taking other peoples' stuff without their permission isn't something you should do. Simple as that.