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2nd-Aug-2006 05:45 pm
Luke - You're going DOWN
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes, you honestly do wish people would be a little more original. Ironic, my saying this, isn't it? Well, I just wanted to say that it's quite easy to get my attention, especially when you post on talesoftheabyss, and this has definitely gotten my attention.

dycroft. And aefallen. Compare these journals, if you please. And if you're up to it, why not this, as well. Trust me, the irony of this situation certainly has not escaped my attention.

It's very hard to make me angry, and it's even harder to make me stay angry. And, trust me, I know the copying-lifting-replica-original-but fanart/icons/images/layouts are for everybody to take and use as they please! debates inside out. I've had my icons and other ideas stolen and used without credit before, so this stuff isn't new to me, and I've generally shut up about it, but this, I'm sorry, is way too much.

The thing is, I wanted to like you. You obssess about Abyss as much as I do, and you like cheegles, and do you know how hard it is to find people who like cheegles? I knew that this was inevitable, in a way, but this sort of behavior on this level is inexcusable, especially when this layout was explicitly not meant to be taken outside of this journal. Also, wow.

Oddly enough, I'm much angrier than I'd be if those screencaps and that layout were made by me. Because I know how much effort homura spent on this layout. I know that she took a month and a half to get the headers alone right. I know what hell coding can be, especially when it's s2 and on this level. I know how difficult making this layout was. I know how much time she took to screencap close on 4,000 screencaps. And I can recognise her screencaps when I see them. It's the benefit of being in possession of an obsessive personality. And if you know how many frames make up an animation, you'll know how difficult it is for two people to screencap exactly alike. I know how much research and effort and precious time she put into this layout.

And to see someone just walk in and do this, this and this, makes me beyond furious. And knowing that you've taken this away from other people, too.

Credit doesn't automatically make what you've done okay.

Especially if you've got the wrong person.

Call it credit if you didn't even get that right?
2nd-Aug-2006 05:02 pm (UTC)

inserting a kuzu/replica joke here wouldn't exactly make things better right now would it



but yeah sdkjfhsjk that's not cool ;___; *hugs*
2nd-Aug-2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, Chi. I know exactly how well a replica joke fits in here. In fact this entire thing is one great big cosmic replica joke.

Some part of me is laughing, even while I'm shaking with rage.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
.... THAT is despicable >_> CRAP. FAITO (and take down the bugger!!)
2nd-Aug-2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
2nd-Aug-2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Have you requested for her to take down the layout yet? Maybe she might just take it down without a fuss if you ask? If you're too angry I'll ask.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Ah well. Calm down. *pat pat* When you're that angry at something I almost feel sorry for that 'something'.

I just realised your little pixel icon thingies! Your LJ is way more Abyssed than KKMed! I can't wait for bk 3 of Famitsu >_
2nd-Aug-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
oopsie, left an angry comment of said thief's lj. going to get blacklisted now.

sigh.. *hugs you and homura really tightly*
2nd-Aug-2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kaasan. I could scream. *hugs you so tightly, too*

I am extremely sad to say that I know all the consequences of that person's decision to do that to the layout, and that person deserves every furious comment they get.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
She fails, on ALL COUNTS. :F
2nd-Aug-2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
2nd-Aug-2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
That really sucks and it's just so not cool. ***pets***
2nd-Aug-2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
*hugs tight* Thank you so much. It really does bite. *hugs you so tightly*
2nd-Aug-2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Wh...I thought she'd told you, or gotten permission or something D: That's definitely not cool.

Sorry :( She really should take it down. If it's a gift to you, you and homura have a right to ask no one else to copy it, especially she put that much effort into it.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
The first time I heard of her was talesoftheabyss. I didn't even know she existed until I saw her journal today.

Without this layout business aside, I would have been looking forward to getting to know her. She seems incredibly fun.

Don't be sorry. You didn't do anything! This isn't your fault.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
So how exactly did she get the S2 coding if it was a gift to you? You can't view another's journal overrides, I don't believe.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
View source. And replicate.

And this.

You can't view journal overrides, yes. But you can view their source code.

It's not just the coding that's been stolen. It's the concept, even. It's the fact that her links say what my links say. It's the fact that even the way she credits is right off the way homura credits.
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2nd-Aug-2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
I know. I've just never seen something like this on this scale before. It really is unbelievable.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:34 pm (UTC)

The copy of Bently and Sherman sitting on my desk isn't hardcover, but if it should still make a decent thump. (Although I daresay their skulls are too thick to be affected).
2nd-Aug-2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Actually that's a good idea! It's just that I have no textbook in my possession thick enough to sufficiently express the way I feel about this.
2nd-Aug-2006 05:46 pm (UTC)


Damn, I mean, if she wasn't going to ask for it anyway, the very least she could have done is credit the right person and your journal as well.

That's...really, very, annoying.

Though, I am impressed by your contained anger. I wouldn't have been able to be that calm about it.

I send you love. ♥
2nd-Aug-2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
*hugs you so tightly* Thank you so much, dear.

I know. Crediting like this is really stealing and doing me the dubious courtesy of letting me know that you've done it.

*hugs tight* I think if I'd posted instantly I wouldn't have been so contained.

*hugs you tight* *and loves you back* ♥
2nd-Aug-2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Grrr! Now that *sucks*!
2nd-Aug-2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
It completely does! And I LOVE YOUR ICON. GO OBI GO!
2nd-Aug-2006 06:04 pm (UTC)

*hugs you* :(
2nd-Aug-2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
I love you for that. I was thinking the exact same thing, but didn't dare to say it.

2nd-Aug-2006 06:35 pm (UTC) - my reply
or part of a post I made earlier:

urf. somebody stole a layout I made for a friend. >E it was a gift, dammit. you idiot. why did you have to go and ruin it?

and while I made it as hard as possible for anyone to really steal the coding, to discourage any potential thieves, it isn't that hard to lift the idea. hell, she even copied the way my friend wrote her links. *headdesk*

she has two journals - there wasn't any credit for the first one, when it's obvious the source code doesn't belong to her (which I think is from [info]carriep63's template at [info]everything_lj, or from some other layout help comm); the second one I think she only added in the "Stole the idea for this layout from here -meep-" part later when someone asked her about it. *headdesk again*

she could have asked my friend for permission of sorts, since it's pretty damn hard to contact me (but not impossible).

well, there goes the possibility of this theme or any of my other s2 styles ever being released to the public, thank you very much. I was considering it since both the KKM theme and this one received a lot of good feedback.

original: [info]aefallen
replicas: [info]rokujinshou & [info]youzen_inori
screencaps: one two three four five

[info]aefallen, you seem to have a thief stalking your journal. who knows what said thief might steal next?

and I didn't notice this the first time round, but this thief has also copied [info]aefallen's words. (this post.)

's pretty obvious that she lifted almost everything she could. the way the text is positioned in the header, the arrangement of the sidebar boxes, the colour scheme, right down to the hexadecimal numbers, and hell, even the background dividers of the sidebar title are the same image size! And the coding... most, if not all of it mine. >E Also VERY obvious she didn't know what she was doing, by dumping a chunk of code into her style that wasn't even necessary. I mean, really. If you want to steal something, at least do a proper job of it. What a third-rate attempt. Have some standards, man!
2nd-Aug-2006 07:37 pm (UTC) - Re: my reply
Sorry about your layout being stolen, I should have told her something :( I first saw her when she posted in the Abyss community and I dunno why I'd assumed she'd asked one of you >.<. I can see why someone would want it (it's awesome) but there's definitely no reason to rip it off, especially without even saying anything and there's a label saying you shouldn't D:
3rd-Aug-2006 01:08 am (UTC)

SMACK HER GOOD. Also, she appears to have put up a new layout that is using a similar image to the old, using what she claims is original coding that... still looks pretty similar in style? D: d00d, wtf. *pats*
3rd-Aug-2006 02:16 am (UTC) - Oh dude, this bites.
You're right. Oops, she's done it again.

Oh man, she's screened my comments on her LJ. *wry smile* So someone stumbling upon her anew won't realise what she's done.

The original coding is entirely similar in style. It's the same thing, ripped off once again.

*hugs tight*
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