Hey guys, I just wanted to address something thats been popping up alot in my notes and messages lately. I am aware that my Patreon content is being stolen and leaked to Yiffparty.com. Unfortunately I can't do anything about it, I have contacted the site in the past and taken DMCA complaints against them. Nothing comes of it. I cannot afford a lawyer to fight this problem, I am a freelance artist making barely Minimum wage and sometimes not even that. The owner of the site has openly admitted they don't care about hurting creators in anyway. And the site continues to flood my inbox with spam to this day for trying to have my content removed from their site.
You can make the argument that if you put your work on the internet, it will inevitably be stolen and reposted. You can also make the argument that people going to these sites would never give money to keep your art coming to the internet freely anyway so there's no harm done to creators in stealing from them in this way. Am I frustrated by my art being reposted? Yes of course I am, sends me into a rage every time I'm reminded of it, and being completely unable to do anything about it at all is upsetting and discouraging.
So I see 2 options here.
A: Keep creating and working in the job I love, improving my skills and abilities and providing as much art as I can on the internet and inviting the people who like my work and want to see more to support me on my Patreon and keep it coming. Offer commissions and YCH's as much as I'm able to provide custom content and a regular income for myself and my family. Go to conventions to meet people and offer my art services and merch to those interested in obtaining both.
B: Give up, and stop sharing my artwork online completely. Get a job somewhere doing whatever I can, and maybe find some time here and there to doodle something just for myself and my loved ones. No more commissions, no more pin-ups, nothing shared where people are going to take it for themselves.
Frankly, I'm choosing A. I love making art, I'm driven to do it day in and day out, long hours and struggles and tears and frustrations. My wife has been so supportive of my Career in art and the idea of me having to give it up makes her break down and cry. I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN MY WIFE CRIES! I'm an artist, thats all there is to it.
So thank you so much for bringing the leaks to my attention. If there was something I could do I would, but I'm powerless here. And thats why it really makes me feel so special to have the Patron's I have, helping to keep my head above water so I can continue to do what I love and share it with them and with all of you. I've been given a mighty gift of support, and I couldn't be more grateful for it.
Update checking through the page, it seems Yiffparty is gleaning pretty much only the public content for now, though they are actively asking for a supporter to please leak the reward packs to them. https://www.dropbox.com/s/nv7n68l6in2nyjw/Screen%20Shot%202018-03-17%20at%207.37.33%20AM.png?dl=0