[day 2] Campaign abuse by Sir R. McGentleman

I compose here a new blog-post to give fresh news one day after the post  "a Kickstarter campaign abuse Pepper&Carrot's license." about this kickstarter project .

First, I want to thank you all for the massive help, questions and reaction. I tried to reply to many questions. Thanks also for all the suggestion I received to fix the website and explain better the CC-By 4.0 license. Sure, there is still room to improve the communication about it and I fixed little mistake here and here and I'll continue to work on it for the future. But Let be honest : on dozen of projects totally respecting the CC-BY rules, this one wasn't respecting them on purpose. It's not about the documentation.

Morning :

The author of kickstarter page contacted me this morning (via email) doing as if he never heard about the any issue or recommendation, with a strategy of victim. I replied him again the detail, the CC-By, etc...  That's how the Kickstarter page received a first pass of fix toward a CC-By compliance this morning. There is still many room to improve and many shadows : here are my comments about it written on the top of the page in red frames ( click to enlarge ) : 


This author caused me a lot of trouble, and always play between legal/illegal, always shading himself behind a 'We', behind fictive company. For those interested in more background, I recommend to read comments on the post of yesterday ( Here about the story of the first kickstarter ,  here about the NinjaKnight comic donation via Patreon ).


Early afternoon :

The kickstarter page has been turned down by Kickstarter , screenshot under with my first reaction.


I also received an email  from "Kickstarter Copyright" notifying me about the "hidden status" of the kickstarter page. Thank you.
I'm open to discutions with Kickstarter, providing documents, screenshots, email discutions if they need.
I'm 100% transparent and I write all I can publicly using my real name, hosting this project on my server and being 100% legal in my activity.


Late afternoon :

The kickstarter page is back. Same version that the one seen in the morning.
Hard to understand any logic behind it... 

Evening :

I received email from Kickstarter about the author claiming he did the necessary changes. 
He did ( same change than in morning ) . The page is almost fully compliant with CC-BY right now, and he clearly write I do not endorse the project. 
I'm ok to not fight more with this final result. Not ideal. Still many wrong things, many lies. "Not legit but legal". 
I requested Kickstarter to send a message to all his backer. They need to see the page updated with newer information, because they bought a lie.

On my side , show must go on! Let focus now on future episode 14 ; and plan a real printing project for summer!

Moving forward: a future printed version

I'm right now discussing with the Krita Foundation for an official ( one I endorse, with review on quality ) printed version in english with all benefit going to only free and open sources software I'm using ( GNU/Linux, Krita, Gmic, Inkscape... smaller projects too, as percent ). It will take time to setup and it will be scheduled for summer 2016. Thanks for your patience.



38 comments

link   Heesung Yang   , - Reply

I was one of the backers of that campaign. This morning I got an email from Kickstarter saying that the project in question in under the intellectual dispute. My own belated mini due-diligence Googling landed me here. I saw you gave him a pass in the first one despite problems here and there. It's good that you took action this time.

I am sorry this happened to you, but note that there is a silver lining also -- I am cancelling my pledge there and will be redirecting that pledge to your Patreon :)

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Heesung Yang : Thank you, thank you very much!

link   SeguraJJ   , - Reply

That is so good to read your comment, Heesung Yang.
We all who love the work of David and his philosophy of working thank you!

link   Tohad   , - Reply

Glad to read that, I shared the case yesterday . I hope Kickstarter will remain vigilant with this type of project.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Tohad : Thank you for passing by, and for your reshare yesterday.
Note: Very good artworks on http://tohad.deviantart.com/gallery/ , congratz :)

link   Erna   , - Reply

Right now, this kickstarter page is available, still with a "trasnslation" from a Mike King. Seems exactly like the screenshot.

link   JiHeL   , - Reply

wow... This is pretty horrid. I got here through a post on FB. I don't support that KS at all, but at least it's made me discover your webcomic and I'll be reading it soon, it looks amazing.
Unfortunately, it seems the KS campaign is back online at the moment :-5

link   Willem   , - Reply

That's good news! However, it seems that the page is back up again, as far as I can see unchanged (still with "Mike King", "though money is donated to the creator", etc.)...

link   Tobias   , - Reply

I can still reach the website:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16 … t-volume-2

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

Ha.... Indeed. The page is back. I understand nothing about it.

link   Heesung Yang   , - Reply

Yeah, the page is back. Did Kickstarter email you anything?

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Heesung Yang : I received only this so far on my mailbox, here is the screenshot :

link   Heesung Yang   , - Reply

Confusing, somehow the project passed the muster? Well, thanks to Hex Designs' comment on the project page, at least two (including myself) people bailed out!

And, for the remainder of this comment, put aside the questionable nature of this McGentleman guy and the project. Even without considering that, people should note that at least one of his previous projects was criticized for delivering a rather sub-par quality artbook, doing injustice to the arts: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16 … n/comments

Look at the comments by Hubert, Clocks Declaring, and Cally Lim.

People should seriously wait until this summer for the print thing to be set up directly by the artist himself. Why run into the risk of getting a sub-par one?

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Heesung Yang : Oh my.... thank you for let me know this. This guy is really a shame and should be really removed from Kickstarter if they care about their image , public relation and quality.

link   Rais   , - Reply

I have canceled my pledge as soon as I found out, that I did not support the creator of this wonderful creation! I am overwhelmed from your beautiful artwork, its amazing! I hope I can help you a little bit and are going to pledge to your Patreon! Thanks to those guy who write a comment on the kickstarter campaign. Hopefully more people came straight away to this site and become a part of your beautiful community.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Rais : Thank you Rais, for your nice words, feedback and your action. It means a lot to me in this moment.
It's a bit hard to have to fight against this McGentleman in the middle of my production of future episode 14.
Welcome in Pepper&Carrot community ! Things here are usually more funnier, fullof good energy and sunny. :-)

link   thedigitalDog   , - Reply

this really is a shame ! reported again to kickstarter and i hope you can sort this out soon.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@thedigitalDog : Thank you. I just updated the article after I was really impacted by this discution on twitter ( thank you Rin Mancuso , let me know if you want it removed )

link   ibc   , - Reply

I want to tell you I really apreciate your work and I was thinking I supported it through this Kickstarter campaign. I noticed the campaign founder and author were not the same people but I expected there was a true agreement between you two with a fair payment. I should have check it.
I discovered a few minutes ago the truth. I hope enough people will ask to cancel this campaign to give you justice.

@Rais : I didn't found how to cancel the pledge on KS : I could only lower my support to 1$. Can you explain where you find the link to cancel it. Thank you

link   ibc   , - Reply

It's ok : I found how to cancel the pledge : I had to lower the support before cancelling.

link   Rais   , - Reply

At least one good aspect about the kickstarter campaign, now we are here. :)

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@ibc : Thank you for your comment on my artwork, and welcome :)

@Rais : Haha, I wish the 'entry door' to Pepper&Carrot was simplier :-)

link   Qaxi   , - Reply

I am sorry what happen to your commics, but I am afraid the bad boy is using your drawings in permited way. You select licensing CC-By and his ussage does not violate it.
Am I right about the license? Is it really CC-By? If it is, Kickstarter has no legal reason to cancel the campaign.
Sorry, but you are author, you choose the license.

link   David REVOY   Author , - Reply

@Qaxi : Hi Qaxi. Thank you for your good words.
Yes, It's Creative Commons Attribtution 4.0 international.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Yes, the page of 'Sir Ricky McGentleman' is now edited to be 90% compliant with the CC-By license.
I sent him way to meet 100% compliance, but he can already continue his business.
Only a missing translator 'Amireeti' for the panel wrongly attributed to 'Mike King'

I also requested Kickstarter to message all the previous 170 backers about the problem of endorsement.
Probably a full week ran with fake informations, and I don't want this backers to believe they supported the artist. It's wrong.
CC-By is firm about it :
>> Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.
You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Here three major issue :
- The wrong or missing attributions ( a CC-By problem )
- The endorsement , making believe the page was the page of an artist ( a CC-By problem )
- The impossible way to get reply from him, and from Kickstarter ( ethical issue ).

Now we are in contact, and the page is getting fixed. Time to move on.

link   Jo   , - Reply

Hello,

I have no KS account or social network stuff, so I can just wish you to recover your mind tranquility soon to be able to continue to work on your dream with joy and happiness.

link   liam   , - Reply

I got very excited when I saw the kickstarter, less excited when I say the issues, and super excited when I saw the summer 2016 info. Can't wait.

link   Franchesca   , - Reply

Pledge cancelled (had to lower it to 1USD first before the cancel option appeared)! Thanks to this post and the people who commented in the KS page.

The email from Kickstarter talking about the project being available on the site again did not have any details about the change in information. Luckily, I checked the comments of the campaign to see what was going on.

This whole event is horrid and I look forward to supporting you directly! :)

link   Heesung Yang   , - Reply

That bogus Kickstarter project is cancelled.
Check it yourself https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16 … t-volume-2

link   SeguraJJ   , - Reply

The kickstarter has been cancelled! This time it seems for real =D

link   DukeBG   , - Reply

Yes, I also wanted to write that the page says "Project canceled due to creative disputes." now! It feels like a final victory, haha.
David, I hope your inspiration will not suffer from these events any more and you'll be able to get back to Ep.14 with full force!

link   Jo   , - Reply

I was shocked when i received the email from Kickstarter saying there was an IP dispute. I'm glad it worked out and you can get the credit you deserve and someone isnt publishing your own hard work without your knowledge. I will keep an eye our for your publishing project in the future, I would love to own a copy of your comic, it's beautiful :)

link   Arne Brix   , - Reply

Congratulations!
I really hope this guy looks for a new businessmodel now!

link   Jo   , - Reply

It seems we are several "Jo" here. Welcome new one. :)

link   Neotheta   , - Reply

I'm so happy this came to a happy end! That guy was clearly lying on purpose for own benefits, it's good the campaing got entirely cancelled even if the page was just about legal by the end.

Time to celebrate all the new followers you got from all this, at least something good came of it too! Here's something small to cheer you up :3

link   Seraph   , - Reply

I'm so glad this was eventually all resolved and the Kickstarter was cancelled.

I'm just wondering now what happened with the other artists and if they actually got any money from the previous kickstarters or not. It always angers me when people try and piggy back off artists and take advantage of goodwill to make money from work without even bothering to consult first. I swear the issue is with art people seem to think everyone owns it and no one thinks that someone took the time to produce the piece, not to mention how emotionally draining it is on an artist to see their work misused by others. They never seem to take into account what work means to an artist, it's not just a picture it's part of themselves that they are giving to others to enjoy.

I respect you wholeheartedly for the amount that you give and don't expect anything in return, you are a true inspiration and amazing artist as well. I'm more than happy to join your Patreon to help with your dream of changing the comics industry.

Thank you for doing what you do, plus with every bad apple (like Ricky) there are many more good ones who appreciate what you do and are touched by what you create.

link   James   , - Reply

That McGentleman's creator page bio changed too. Generic "Customer Service Team Member account. Have a question, we have answers!". I suppose it's customer service team for some dubious company, whatever that might be.

link   Seraph   , - Reply

I believe this is the company

http://www.ninjaknightcomics.com They also seem to sell the comics on Amazon, I'm hoping they won't be selling pepper & carrot on Amazon to make even more profit.

I'm not really shocked they're known for producing shoddy products considering the graphic design of their website seems sub par for a publisher. Maybe that's why the products are known for just being poorly up scaled and pixelated as they cut corners with even the editing. All mud slinging aside I doubt any respectable artist would want to be associated with this outfit considering how unprofessional it appears to be.

link   Arakura   , - Reply

I'm glad it worked out, it seems like a very obnoxious thing for a person to do. Unethical...
Looking forward to episode 14!

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