I don’t usually make posts like this, but I thought I’d bring a topic to the attention of modders, artwork makers, etc. Keep an eye out for your work being reposted without your permission. I know this is by no means a new issue, but it can be quite easy to completely forget about.
Just today I found out someone had reuploaded an animated zombie face (that I made over 3 years ago) on Unturned’s community hub on Steam (which I rarely visit)…and not only did it reach virtually the top of the Artwork page, but I wasn’t aware of it until @Pork notified me. Fortunately, due to the quick action of community staff (thank you @MoltonMontro), the post was taken down immediately.
However, the person had already received over 100 upvotes and managed to pass my sprite off as their own to many oblivious community members (as the comments of the repost confirmed). I don’t care about the upvotes, but few things anger me more than people claiming others’ work as their own.
It seems like content being stolen and reuploaded like this is becoming more and more common, and it hasn’t been limited to artwork - I’ve seen other cases in the past months of mods being ripped off from my friends and even DMCAs having to be taken. My artwork being stolen was luckily a pretty minor incident, but there’s been much worse cases I’ve seen in the past where the offender even lied about their right to use the content in question.
In summary, for those of you out there who make content like this, this post is just a reminder to be wary and always vigilant of stolen content. Sometimes, it may be wise to do occasional and brief searches to see if your content has been reuploaded anywhere without your consent. If you see something that you suspect is stolen, please report it and notify the original creator if possible. This holds true for any official community medium.
Images of the incident in case you're interested
The repost (now deleted)
My sprite in the Artwork section of my profile
My sprite posted on /r/unturned around the same time
P.S: If the animated zombie face sprite looks oddly familiar to you for some reason, it might be because you were in the Unturned Official Discord when they used it as their logo for a while in 2019. It’s literally my oldest animation, but I was pretty happy about that so I can’t complain tbh