The Site has been DOWN for over a WEEK #11
It is the truth. dramakoreaterbaru.com is down at this time still, now nearly two weeks later since I first saw that it was down. NAME.com LLC still holds the name per Who.IS, but it appears as though our good friend (that was sarcasm) has either sold, given up or transferred his domain to
Sabatang sajoYou will notice that the email is THE SAME though (check the original Who.Is here in the description). So something tells me that this is NOT over 100% as whoever this Sabatang sajo that Belwant Sendiri sold/gave the domain to is apparently still allowing him access to it. However, at this time, the ENTIRE site is completely down. If you use that link to view the original Who.Is information in the description of my sample Cease and Desist I sent to Belwant Sendiri a while back, you will note that clicking on any link in it to any of my copyrighted art produces error pages about the website being down or having technical issues.
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Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
So a brief victory for everyone who was diligent and put forth the time and effort to make the appropriate reports to all the registrants involved, to include those in Sweden. They have listened! Now, to keep tabs on the site to see if Belwant Sendiri ever tries to do the same thing again but on a different countries servers XD
Please review the following: About International Copyright, International Copyrights FAQ with WIPO, Swedish Copyright Office Information and Swedish Copyright Responsible Minister. Then, once you read those, you can meet Beatrice Ask who is the responsible minister for the copyright department at the Ministry. From that page, you can send her an email with this nifty pop-up window that lets you tell her all your woes, you can use this link, but try to use the one on the website lol. I have not yet discovered WHAT they need as proof of illegal activity be it a formal type of document, but they have signed on with some copyright treaties and are TRYING to protect intellectual property rights. I will be doing more research and submitting my complaint to them. I will update again when I have more information. (huge thanks to ~infinitelove143 for helping me find WIPO!)
Submitted an abuse/spam report based on the host's policies. Mine looks like this:
dramakoreaterbaru.com is engaged in malicious and aggressive ad-targeting. When on their website, after performing a few searches or clicking a few images or links (not any ads), upwards of 15 tabs or pop-ups to outside companies appeared, taking over my browser. Some were pornographic in nature. This is done, clearly, to generate revenue for your customer by exploiting visitors to their website. My browser has been crashed TWICE by this site, and to keep from it happening again while I search for my own artwork which has been illegally placed on this site, I have had to download and install add-ons to block this malicious activity. I run my spyware and malware software every night as well, and after the browser crash (second one), I ran it to make sure my PC wouldn't be compromised. Superantispyware and Malwarebytes came up with nearly 100 different intrusions into my system after the 2nd crash!
By your own policies, "Content
All services provided by AltusHost may be used for lawful purposes only. Storage of any information, data or material in violation of any Belize law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to content related to: children pornography, phishing, scam, fraud, hacking material, viruses, malware, spyware, Counterfeit (Replica) products websites.
Using AltusHost services for SPAM, MALWARE or BOTNETS are STRICTLY PROHIBITED! Services used for mentored activities will be suspended without warning!
The subscriber agrees to indemnify and hold harmless AltusHost from any claims resulting from the use of the service which damages the subscriber or any other party." ... this is not allowed as far as I can tell, and I believe could also possibly go against your policy on "Background Running Programs (bots/daemons/monitors)" depending on how they are doing it. Please check on this and ensure this does not happen in the future while I figure out a way to get my illegally displayed artwork off of this site. I have no screenshots but could access the site again from my old PC and search the site to see what happens and grab a screenshot for you if necessary and requested.
I will let you know if and when I get a reply. And obviiously, I had to turn OFF all the protection I had in order to have that happen. I also have very good antivirus, antimalware and antispyware programs. DO NOT DISABLE YOU PROTECTION and do the same if you are not good at detecting, removing or otherwise clearing your PC of malicious content. While nothing appears to be absolutely horrible (mostly tracking cookies), there were a couple trojans which could have come from the ads already there, the ads on the pop-ups/tabs, from a malicious script in the pop-ups/tabs or from a malicious script on the webpage itself(I can't tell which). So DO NOT REPEAT MY TEST if you are not a capable virus-remover or know a capable virus-remover. And definitely DO NOT attempt it on a network of any kind with multiple PCs operating on it.
EDIT #8 (Updated)
So, to see just how long it takes for things to update (or if they will in the way I think they may), and after noticing that some pictures are appearing on their site as "Image Moved" or "Access Denied by Server," I have taken two of my images and replaced them with plain black images. I did try first to rename and resubmit a few deviations, but deviantART will automatically redirect the old addresses to the new addresses (I assume it is to make sure that thumbcodes and links don't break across the site when deviants update deviations) which allows the links from the offending website to still show my works. I have only just done this, and in the last 10 minutes, there has been no change on the site. I will give it a few days to a week and see if they start appearing on the website as black images too. If so, I know I will have a great deal of work ahead of me. If not, I suppose my next option is to delete and resubmit some of my images to see if that works. I do know that restricting your deviations to viewable by logged in deviants only and completely disabling all downloads does NOT work. So now I wait for a response from AltusHost or wait to see what happens with those two deviations on the offending site. However, I did try on my side PC turning off ALL protection and surfing that website. There are LOTS of pop-ups and redirects which I think might be against AltusHost's policies. If that is the case (requires more investigation), then we can start filing mass abuse reports on that fact and possibly get them shut down that way. Again, I will let you know once I have researched that a little more. If nothing else, I am not giving up. That is MY work. It took a long time to do, wasn't easy at all, and this person KNOWS that what they are doing is completely wrong as shown by their running to a country with no copyright laws instead of arguing their rights in the USA.
...old Edit #8...
So, we now know that this owner has skipped to a couple US hosts and has now squarely landed with a European host at AltusHost. They are located in SWEDEN which has virtually NO COPYRIGHT LAWS. You can use this link to attempt to make a report (I am going to), but because they have no laws against copyright infringement, it is unlikely that anything will be done. I already went a round with their live chat help, and "Jibby" simply stopped responding to me, refusing to answer my questions which was more than a little irritating. Good luck. We will see what happens. (I am so pissed right now. I can't even express the amount of pissed I am that while under investigation, this jerk was allowed to jump to another country to avoid legal problems.)
First of all, no, if you search your username (from this site or any other), your art will NOT magically appear on this website. I have had over a dozen people now claim this is true or ask about it. I have looked up MANY artists on this site, and those who were not there a month ago are STILL NOT THERE. Please stop perpetuating the falsehood that there is a malicious tool that steals data you type in on that site. There isn't (just don't click the ads!). Furthermore, it is a silly assumption since this site is taking art from deviantART, Storm-Artists, Photobucket, Cisco.com, Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, Reddit, and so so so many more other websites (yes, even websites that just display images of items for sale are being targeted who have no member list). Do you really think that they will just KNOW that you are typing in a deviantART username and not a username found on any of several hundred websites they are stealing from? Please be reasonable. The website is NOT PSYCHIC. Neither is the thief.
Also, Softlayer now says this website has moved from them. And now their domain protection has been renewed, yet again, through Name.com LLC. So I have accosted and ranted to Softlayer about allowing a domain under investigation to leave them, and then contacted Name.com LLC again about their domain protected services. Last time I contacted Name.com LLC, they gave me the name of their current registrant (Softlayer) and revoked their domain protection. So we shall see what happens this time...
So, it has been brought to my attention that anyone who has complained to the website holder via their WhoIs information has their work still on the site but now under other search results to make it appear as though the work has been removed. See this comment from *AJ333. As an example, you can see they are clearly still displaying my published Wayfinder 6 work here at the original URL specified in my DMCA complaint. However, if you simply run a search on my username now, such as here, the work no longer appears (only a few do) which makes it look like they are complying with our wishes and the law when in fact they are not. In searching, you can try "by *username* at deviantart" or on dA or whatever which will bring up more of your work, but they are rapidly editing the tags to make it harder for us to find while still not removing it and still having it searchable by search engines. So, they are officially playing dirty to try and continue doing what they apparently know is wrong - simply hiding the wrongdoing won't help though. I am pressing forward with my complaint to SoftLayer with this new and disturbing information.
Well, so far nothing new from SoftLayer (I have my case number and am waiting on their analysis of the situation and possible decision), and I did send a Cease and Desist to the website owner now that their information is no longer protected. No answer from them either. But that is not all. Several people have now come to me to tell me that hotlinking is not illegal in any way and are citing Wikipedia articles. No. There are legal ramifications to hotlinking and bandwidth theft. While not widely accepted as illegal (more accepted as unethical and just plain rude), legal action has been successfully taken against companies and individuals who have used hotlinking and bandwidth theft.
Links and Law lists many different types of court cases where hotlinking and bandwidth theft were found to be both legal and illegal - usually legal when a thumbnail was shown and illegal when the full image was shown. Note that this website displaying our images is NOT showing thumbnails but the full images. ...
Atlab discusses what hotliking and bandwidth theft are so you can recognize it. ...
Performancing discusses hotlinking and the possible legal problems you can run into, "That being said, it isn't to say that hotlinking is not a copyright violation. First, you are publicly displaying the image on your site and the right to public display rests with the copyright holder. Also, one could easily argue that you are making a derivative work based upon the original and derivative works are, once again, the sole right of the copyright holder." ...
Boogie Jack runs through some general copyright myths and facts, discusses a little on bandwidth theft and hotliking, and muses about the possible legal issues, "Never link to an image file, sound file, or other file types on someone else's site so that it displays on or is used on your web site unless you have permission—it's a crime—and it's easy to get caught! This practice is called hot-linking. It is bandwidth theft because the other person's server has to send data (bandwidth transference) to your site. This slows their site and yours down, and costs them money if they go over their bandwidth allowance." ...
So, I had to make a journal just for this. I had no idea so many people would take interest in my little rant as every time I make a report on someone here on dA, I get some serious flak about how no one cares if their work is stolen, edited, etc. So much for that theory. lol At any rate, I got my ticket back from deviantART, and $realitysquared states, "Unfortunately because of the various Sharing systems which we have in place it is not possible to prevent direct hotlinking from other websites. In these sorts of situations your best course of action is to file a notice of claimed infringement with the appropriate parties." So there isn't anything deviantART can do. Unfortunate, but moving on.
I am having yet more users come to me to tell me that this site is a search engine because they are using part of deviantART's link to grab the photos. In answer, I leave this comment.
The Ranty Version is...
Hotlinking and bandwidth theft are serious issues and NOT part of what search engines do. I have already peered into the source code of this site, and they are not even attempting to redirect nor is there any code that I can find anywhere that searches the web to pull more content in. And since no new content on any user I have searched since the 13th has populated, I can only assume at this point that the site owner is doing it MANUALLY. Search engines, first of all, ARE NOT WORDPRESS BLOGS (check the bottom of the site - POWERED BY WORDPRESS). Second, search engines run on many different SCRIPTS that allow them to very quickly search the INTERNET - this site SEARCHES NOTHING BUT ITSELF. Not a search engine people. And finally, if it WAS a search engine and I just missed the code (hey, it could happen), it would pull the CORRECT DATA from the IMAGES. Instead, when it pulls an image from a user's favorites here on dA, the website owner posts that user's name as the original artist, NOT THE ACTUAL ARTISTS NAME. A script running wouldn't pull someone else's username as the original artist just because it was found in some favorites. Seriously, try googling one of your images you know is in someone else's favorites. I guarantee it will show up as YOURS. If this site owner found your image in that other artist's favorites, he will attribute it to that other artist - not to you. Again, NOT a search engine. Just a lazy POS trying to get money.
Also, in addendum to this, if you research Name.com and Softlayer.com, you will note that they DO NOT sell search engine capabilities. They sell domain names and websites. NOT SEARCH ENGINES. They don't even host search engines. They bought/reserved their name through Name.com and host with Softlayer.com (Softlayer who has LIMITED bandwidth options which explains why they are hotlinking). You can't run a search engine on such a platform - it would cost thousands of dollars a month! Please be reasonable and do a little research before professing that these people are running a slightly run-down or broken search engine.
To the Conspiracy Theorists
NO, there is no malware maliciously attacking you from that site. That is a money-making machine. The whole idea behind the site is for you to click the ads (which may have malware or spyware in them so DON'T click them!!) so the owner gets paid a finding fee. My father's website (which is legit) has the same system on it - he gets paid a certain amount of money by the companies who post ads on his site for every click he gets. To be safe, since the reputation this site is already crappy, DON'T CLICK THE ADS. They may contain malware or spyware in them. Don't log into anything. Don't type your personal information in on the website. Use your common sense.
...from the old journal
Hotlinking and Art Theft
And the final rant is about people hotlinking. A website has hotlinked pretty much my entire gallery and favorites. dramakoreaterbaru is hotlinking tons of artists on deviantART. TONS. You may want to check and see if your work is there too. Just look up your username. They are too lazy to change the metadata. I have made a DMCA abuse report to the domain registrant, SoftLayer Technologies Inc (email@example.com - 214-442-0601 which does business in Dallas TX). This site has WhoIS protection so you can't find any information on the website administrator which is a pain (plus they don't have ANY contact information on their fakey-hotlinking-POS website). So if the webadmin for the site doesn't respond within 72 hours to their domain registrant, then their WhoIS protection is revoked and their personal information becomes public. They have one day left to respond to me and SoftLayer. I am hoping the whole site just comes down. I hate it when people repost my work © to them/their website, even if my signature, watermark and webaddress are still intact. It is just wrong, rude and selfish.
So, I decided to just start randomly looking up usernames on the website that is hotlinking. Pretty much all the deviantART staff are listed with their galleries too along with pretty much all of my friends (since this site farms favorites too). Pain in the NECK!
Some help for confused or upset deviants who are finding their work on that website...
Further assistance for people. If you are curious to see the reports I filed, you can see them here... A cease and desist letter and the DMCA takedown request. Also, to note, a couple people have come to me saying that this site is a search engine. It is not. Please read my reply here to understand why. Also, the registrant did not respond within 72 hours, so their protection has been disabled and you can now see who they are and get their direct contact information. See this Whois listing for more details.