The Heist Heiston January 10, 2014 at 12:01 am
There’s a thing on the internet where people take other people’s content, strip it of all the credits and then post it elsewhere where it recieves 100,000 of likes/ups/plusses/whatever. Normally, I wouldn’t care. But hell man, I work hard on these FREE comics. It’d be nice to see that credit. The above comic has been my most stolen comic to date.
But thank fully, you lovely lovely ARGonauts have been extremely diligent and have taken to the comment sections of these posts to give Lynn and I proper credit. Thank you. Really. I’m not naive to think I can stop the internet from taking other peoples stuff and posting it else where, I’m just thankfully that you great people give us proper attribution. You’re awesome.
Also I realise this is more a joke for content creators than anything… Thanks for indulging me.
Too bad huge transparent watermarks would just detract from the comic, because that’s pretty much the only thing you can do nowadays. I mean, just look at DeviantArt. I guarantee you that more than half of the artwork on that site is stolen content from the OTHER half of the website.
I’ve never liked watermarking or signing my name somewhere in the panel of a comic strip.
You must! Then that 1% of the internet that doesn’t know how to edit photos will be powerless! Only that pesky 99% left to go!
Oh man, I see the catwoman one on tumblr all the fucking time and every time i have to re-source it. It’s gotten to the point where my rants about it are reduced to like one sentence…..
I’m sorry people are dillholes, man.
No worries. Thank you for giving us credit!
I hate when I see an unattributed comic being posted (well if It’s good) because it means I have to spend forever googling for the original creator so I read the rest of their work.
Try reverse image search on google.
Ive been coming to your site to read these comics for over two years now, I’ll definitely keep an eye out and be sure that credit goes where its due. Keep up the good work man.
Ha! If they want to remove your tag now, they have to go through it image by image and fix the damage done by removin git!.
it’s only four frames, I’m sure if the want to be a dillhole they’ll do it.
Sad thing is, someone very, very stupid is actually going to steal THIS comic unironically. It’s going to happen and you know it.
Oh I’m aware…
Man, that fucking blows. It’s stuff like this that makes me scared to make my webcomic. 🙁
It’s not as bad as you think. But it does suck when you see your stuff go viral and it has no credits on it.
Indulge it… Indulge it good
It’s also common with Questionable Content (http://questionablecontent.net/), and Cyanide and Happiness (http://www.explosm.net/). Also occasionally XKCD (http://xkcd.com/).
I am just automatically in the habit of typing in the URLs now.
Amended some thoughts…
The problem is not so much the taking of the created works, it’s removing the attribution to the creator, not even so much as linking to the original.
That is the true problem. thankfully you guys are good about it.
People who strip URLs and artist names out of images are dicks.
Man, removing credit on comic strips really sucks… don’t have that problem yet, but I’m definitely not looking forward to it happening.
I like your comic. What’s the update schedule? The hardest part of following a new comic is figuring out when the comic updates.
Once a week, Tuesday evening. (Thanks btw)
your comcc shale undoubtedly be stolen and posted across the tubes of this place called the internet. and if they don’t put were it came from the few who are dedicated enough to try and find you will thats how i found this place. and promptly made a huge butt of my self.
You’re awesome, ARG! Especially for reading and replying to the comments!
Work,photo’s,and a bunch of other stuff gets stolen on the internet and posted elsewhere. Majority of the time the creator is not given credit where credit is do.
That’s the reason most of my friends and myself rarely post stuff we make online even though we could because of that worry. Myself i make cosplay, write original stories also do a lot of fan-fictions too for some fun.
My bff makes a lot of animated movies i usually voice act different characters and we usually show the movies to friends and family around Halloween or other holidays or random times.
Few of my other friends they make games some they post for free while others they sell if they are more complex and took a lot more time.
Even the stuff like comics or movies posted online people make income from for after a few months someone is going to post it free somewhere like a torrent website.
It is the world we live people are going to do this stuff regardless and not get punished because there really isn’t a whole lot of internet police. However it’s best to call people out if they don’t give credit where credit is do because it takes away an the creators fame and if they selling their work to make money buy it when you got the money you should support those you enjoy.
Another thing is those that just change a few things in stuff or make mockeries of it that people gullible buy it because it so close too the original and they don’t pay attention. Like those cheap movie knock offs.
However general i am sure somewhere out there is a i am arg fanfic or even someone claiming to be you out there just so they can be popular when they really suck.
I can see what you’re getting at, and I can see what you are saying. Giving credit where credit is due is correct. You can like a piece and share it on Facebook/Twitter/Whatever-Social-Media-Site-Takes-Your-Fancy, but provide links rather than copy/pasting, and don’t edit out the author’s copyright info. This means more traffic, more advertising revenue (a necessary evil, I know), and maybe more customers for merchandise.
The problem is the nature of the Internet. It’s huge and complex and although copyright groups are trying to “fix the problem”, using heavy-handed bullying tactics like theirs is not the way to go.
Do I have a solution? No, not really anything coherent. But there must be a better system than “watch what everybody does and then catch them when something illegal happens”.
Yeah however not every website has the feature to post links or url.
Your correct the internet is so huge and complex. Just image if you could buy the entire internet that would better then driving the fancy car for your own psychological insecurities about your body if you have them.
I just have a love hate relationship with my body mainly a particular part.
Now back on track.
Copyright groups you got two different types from my point of view.
the first group is those that lie and have no claim what so ever
the 2nd group is those that are honest and have a legitimate claim.
Youtube for instance is over run with both types i would say the first type more.
The big question is what is illegal on the internet?
Some countries have laws on it,but it varies however i don’t think you can apply those laws to someone outside that country.
Their isn’t a person getting payed too sit there 24/7 on the internet searching for people that do bad located in the country they live in.
I am sure if someone came up with a solution they would get a Nobel peace prize with mass hatred and people trying to kill them maybe depending on the solution
Well if I meet these guys IRL, I’ll beat the shit outta them for ya, okay?
It’s alright bro, looks like you’ve got an army of loyal (?) fans in every corner of the interweb, and sone corners of the underweb, that will fight this battle with ya.
Man… I haven’t posted in forever… not since the “first wars” that happened a while back, feels good man.
Man that sucks! We ARGonaughts will always be here to support the one and only original ARGworks!
ARGonaughts! Awesome man! Cheers!
I bet he would suggest color in this comic. Not that it matters.
Oh man, this is pretty funny.
I’m gonna post it on imgur. =.=
If it makes you feel any better, the first time i saw your awesome comics was a copy of The Heist on 9GAG. Luckily it still had your name on it, so i could find your website.
I’ve been a loyal fan since then.
mine was the site mentioned in the comic imgur. its more than a silly place id say you shouldn’t go their. revered searched it with google and wond up here it was the sucker one.
I found the solution, you need to draw more tallywhackers. they never seem to steal those!
I really have been noticing all of your things winding up on different sites.
It did prompt me to find your comic. The ones on LOL snaps have had
Your proof of creative license.
Hey, thanks to imgur now you got a new reader… me!
You know what’s funny? I found this website by someone posting an album of some of your latest comics on imgur and then linking back to here.
If it’s any consolation, I saw a collection of your comics on imgur today and have been slamming back the archives all day. 🙂
Me too! Imgur is where I first saw your awesomesauce, and I’ve been devouring the archive since!
I, too, just wanted to chime and let you know that I would never have discovered your amazing comic had it not been for imgur! Some of them made it to the front page recently (with your credits), and I loved them. I’ve been plowing throw your archives, and this is now one of my favorite webcomics! Sooo, it’s not always a bad thing. Keep up the amazing work!
Your site has a short URL. I wonder if you could fit a barcode for the home page in the gutter between panels.
Just for fun, I found a website that generates barcodes. Here’s a link that will create a barcode for your site:
It might be too distracting to put in your comics, but you might find other uses for it.
The site also has generators for UPC and QR Codes. They even have a free barcode True Type font.
I almost wish I were still in school, so I could turn in an English paper printed in barcodes. Of course, by now, most English teachers have probably wised up, and specify which fonts are allowed. I was an early geek, so I always found new ways to mess with my English teachers.
Okay – a year later or so – I’d just like to say: I have shared one of your comics on Facebook (as well as 3 panels of a 4 panel thing from gogetaroomie and two pages from Manly Men Doing Manly Things) – BUT – I always leave the credit ON – and I sometimes directly link to the website in descriptions. I don’t understand the point in not crediting the original artist. People will see your other stuff and KNOW you didn’t draw that – so why take the credit off?