Ted "Woody" Mcgrath
who publishes a CD with "16,000" plans. . .
But it is not, it is only a few thousand, many stolen and then links to the ever changing world wide web (where the plans are often FREE).
Ted's new video has a rant against the "big publishers" who think they own everything and that he will not bow to their demands.
Apparently *I* am one of the "big guys" because he has stolen my woodworking bench article
and uses my photos in his advertisments!
Ted's Woodworking - don't pay for the plans!
For letting an anonymous user post my entire anvil series and doing nothing but obfusticate rather than remove the offending material that THEY were proffiting from.
GeoCities died largely due to the infiltration of porn, wares sites and gross copyright infringment sites.
ALL the free hosting sites and blog sites expect many users to lose interest and abandon their sites.
Then whatever thoise users have created becomes the property of the hosting service (including infringments).
The free hosting company continues to get traffic on those sites and whatever revenue system they have in place continues to make money off your abandoned property. . .
Read your TOS carefully.
The "webmaster" (name lost)
who stole our anvilfire flaming anvil art and merged it into his clients home page flaming title logo. . .
The owner of the site was very appologetic. The webmaster was trite and thought it was MY fault he got caught. . . anvilfire was only a few months old and the thievery had started.
the ebayer who stole anvil images off anvilfire,
first claimed they were HIS photos,
then claimed they were "common images" that could be found anywhere on the net (another big lie).
He was also using large sections of text out of my anvil series.
He used the polished example photo to sell rough as cast anvils (ASO's).
He called us a "little" anvil site and to go pound salt, but then had to come back begging to have his name removed from the article in his honor.
All he had to do was admit he stole our image by removing it and nothing more would have been said.
The same applies to all on this list.
owner who built a page using images from anvilfire, Paw-Paws-Forge, Alabama Forge Council and my words from anvilfire.
When caught the user removed the page but also dropped out of the Blacksmiths Ring
out of spite.
This is more common than you would think.
I have come across numerous sites built entirely with stolen words and images and sometimes complete pages.
Blue Blade Steel
Who stole my temper color chart.
Webmaster said "sue me" then later modified the chart (to make it "his") with a graphic of the colors.
But the lazy so-and-so still left my spelling and footnote numbers even though he removed the footnotes.
As a compilation alone it was copyrightable in my name.
But I also added temperature conversions, HTML colors AND the footnotes.
I have replaced it with a new temper color chart including Rockwell hardness
values for a range of steels.
Many of these required hand drawing graphs and manual interpolation of the available data (days of work).
If you want a free temper chart
for your web site, steal the one from Blue Blade Steel.
If they complain then point out that they stole it from anvilfire in the first place. I'll back you up.
The Russian Locks Site
that hijacked all of my iForge lockmaking articles using a system that stripped the headers and advertising links.
They put them under their banner to make them look like it was their page. They were stealing bandwidth AND infringing on copyright.
I modified the pages so they display with full advertising headers and menus.
Young Gamer and anvilfire user
who used our anvilfire flaming anvil art as his avatar on a gaming site.
The webmaster removed it instantly. Nice guy, did the right thing.
who is stealing images and bandwidth from thousands of sites.
They are theives by design so there is no point contacting them.
Blocked their access with the replacement theft image.
who let users link to servers they do not own.
Blocked their access with the replacement theft image.
Copied my entire Anvil Corner Radius
article and had the images served from our server.
Double theft. We left a comment since there was no email connection and blocked their access with the replacement theft image.
They finally removed the stolen content 4 years after being notified they were infringing.
on the Practical Machinist website is using our anvilfire flaming anvil logo for their avatar on those forums.
I do not give permission to ANYONE to use our logo to represent themselves.
I politely asked the webmaster "Don T" at Practical Machinist to remove the infringing avatar or ask the member to remove the image.
His response was that he was too busy to be bothered.
Since I cannot directly contact members of that forum and the webmaster refused to do the right thing, I am forced to do so publicly.
I warned the webmaster and he said, go ahead. . . He probably thought I meant on HIS web site that he controlled.
I am sorry if this causes any embarrassment but I tried to play nice.
Complain to "Don T"
who's parent company Atomic Industry who says at the bottom of their pages "Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in.",
lets users link images off-site in their blogs.
In one long standing article on vises a member had linked to one of our images along with dozens from OTHER sites, both personal and commercial.
Just this one article is infringing on multiple copyrights and stealing bandwidth from dozens of sites.
(NO not OUR Dave B)
lifted the first 5 paragraphs (a printed page worth of text) from my Leg Vise page
withour even a thought about atribution on his Wordpress page.
He also used a photo and illustration (with MY name on it) on his Youtube video. He has the gall to have copyright notices on his pages. . .
Letters were sent to both of his e-mail addresses from my anvilfre and gmail accounts with no response for a week.
The profits from creative efforts can be very little, thus the common phrase "starving artist". Authors of fairly popular works often need dozens of books in print to make a living. Copyright infringers can easily steal all the profits. In our field of interest, one book author wrote to me distraught because his sales had plummeted. A Russian "wares" site was distributing his book FREE as a PDF. It wasn't a lot of copies, just the few it took to make a profit. Pursuing legal action was not economical. He will probably never write another book and the book itself will go out of print. We will all be poorer for it.
Over the years we have had numerous copyright issues with people copying our articles, our images and sometimes outright stealing of band width by linking our material into their web sites from our server. If you do this you will eventually get caught. It is illegal by both U.S. Federal law, International laws and treaties.
The Internet is a VERY public place and easy to follow tracks are left on search engines and our servers as well. People THINK they are stealing in the dark when they steal on the Internet. But they are stealing in broad daylight in front of witnesses and should not be surprised when someone yells STOP THIEF!
I am yelling STOP THIEF and I will name names when the thieves do not remove the stolen material from their web sites immediately upon notice.