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10 minutes ago, pianoknight said:

What is this Wallpart site, anyway? Seems like they're selling stolen work to people who mistyped Walmart. 

 

Grandma, allowed online: "Let's see. Johnny wanted a poster of this Mark Shawn Lynch. Hmmm, maybe they'll have one at the Wallsmart. Oh look, they has one of those websites. Okay, found a picture of a pastel soccer uniform. Wow, those are pretty colors. I'm sure Johnny will like this... Aren't soccer and football the same thing? Maybe they have one for his Nintenda."

Honestly, this site looks like a place where you type in anything and they coded it to have a price on every picture it pulls up. I'm not even sure if you purchased something you would actually get what you pay for.

 

On another note, you pretty much described my Grandmother right there :D

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Yeah, searching the name of my thread produces a sample uniform template, a map made by another user, and the avatar of a board member who has commented in the thread a few times. It seems like the site just offers to sell weird results from google image searches. 

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Everything under my name wasn't made by me (I've posted a grand total of 2 concepts, I think.)

 

Also, I was hoping to see if a poster of the Wyoming Marinerz logo @Lee. made existed. Sadly, I couldn't find it. 

 

 

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It just hit me, if someone ordered a picture it would end up a poster sized blow up of a 75x75 gifs.

 

Also,  Wallart is owned by something called Publicdomainregistry.com, which is about as anonymous as you can get.

 

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain Name: WALLPART.COM
Registrar: PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 303
Whois Server: whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com
Referral URL: http://www.publicdomainregistry.com
Name Server: GENE.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: LYNN.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 11-may-2016
Creation Date: 21-feb-2014
Expiration Date: 21-feb-2018

 

PublicDomainRegistry.com has their own webpage (and complaint page. Another rabbit hole to stuff unread emails)

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22 hours ago, KittSmith_95 said:

Everything under my name wasn't made by me (I've posted a grand total of 2 concepts, I think.)

 

Also, I was hoping to see if a poster of the Wyoming Marinerz logo @Lee. made existed. Sadly, I couldn't find it. 

 

 

Same here. That, or the Poop Series from a few years back (does anyone remember that one?)

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On 9/8/2016 at 2:09 AM, dsaline97 said:

http://wallpart.com/poster/dsaline97-s-mlb-series-page-10-concepts-chris-creamer-s-sports-196724378802

 

They're literally selling a list of color schemes I made. What? The pandas popped up under my name too, as did a mockup of a Bills color rush. Half of this stuff literally has my name on it. 

 

http://wallpart.com/search?keyword=fumbler

 

I was shocked to see so many pages linked to me.

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7 hours ago, Point1 said:

https://dribbble.com/shots/2949004-Boston-Bruins-Logo-Redesign

 

This guy shamelessly ripped off @GFB for seemingly no reason.

 

 

bruins.png

 

Boston_Bruins_Logos.png

I just posted a reply to his "shot"

Sorry to point this out, but this is just an awesome ripoff you've produced sir. 
You can see that the original logo you've copied is from 2007, so there's no doubt you've stolen it. 
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/49651-boston-bruins-rebranding/ 
Care to explain?

 

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Side note - their website has a "Norton Checked" emblem that seems to just be a copy/paste of the actual logo from another site.  I worked for Symantec for 7 years and would be pretty surprised if this page has legitimate user authentication or SSL certification.  On a side note, I'm sending this page to some former coworkers in the case that they somehow ARE certified, so Symantec can drop them.

 

If you look at the logo, they should Visa, Mastercard and AmEx, then the Norton logo, but it's clipped on both sides.  Shoddy work.

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Did some talking with Symantec.  Looks like Wallpart has been taken down, at least temporarily.  SYMC folks have added them to a watch list to see if it crops back up.

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Yeah, I suspect yesterdays removal was probably due to complaints or domain registration issues.  My concern wasn't so much that he's operating a website selling things, but rather that he's claiming the site to be secured by Symantec, when I'm fairly sure it's not.  If you're gonna steal other people's artwork and sell, why would you fork over large amounts of cash to a Fortune 500 software company for their certificate?  Answer: you don't, you'll just pirate that like you pirate your stolen goods.

 

If Symantec finds out that he's not a legitimate customer but is defrauding people into thinking his site is secure, they'll probably send him a nice cease & desist letter.  In other words, it's not gonna stop him from selling stolen art today, but maybe if there are enough complaints and C&D letters to his host or ISP, they'll consider permanently removing the site.

 

Also, it's amazing that anyone would ever buy something from this site.  It's so stupidly shoddy.  I would NOT be surprised at all to find that anyone who's bought something from his site later had their credit card information stolen as well.

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Looks like the site claims to have an Australia address, which probably makes it that much more frustrating to hang him on violations of US/CAN copyright laws.  Further, the original site was registered from a Moscow IP.

 

The address and phone number number on the listed on the site are confirmed to be fake.  Their social media feeds are littered with porn and links to malware.  And further, it seems that a few users have tried to "buy" something using disposable accounts, yet the site never asks for billing details or provides any kind of confirmation of a purchase.  Seems that this might be a malware site and they're using something as maddening as copyright infringement to drive traffic to the page.  If that's the truth, than it's eerily brilliant in a way.

 

http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2015/07/08/creepy-website-is-stealing-images-selling-them-as-posters

http://modmad.tumblr.com/post/124825715490/attention-the-whole-wallpart-thing-seems-to-be

http://www.thephotoforum.com/threads/website-stealing-and-selling-images.386416/page-2

 

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I hate to say it, but this was actually kind of smart. Drive interest by being a for-profit search engine with no threat of being stopped by copyright. Well played.

 

Just to double check, there is absolutely no way to shut this thing down?

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It looks like they have a software to take anything from some sites, namely the boards, not take a second glance at whatever title (such as Page 10) and put it on the site...

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