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Thursday, November 22, 2007

The oddest thing.

As many of you know, I am looking to move to Seattle in the spring. In preparation I have been house hunting, job hunting, posting various ads on and doing my homework to learn about utility prices, costs of commute etc, etc. I really don't feel like being caught to much off my gaurd.
I had posted an ad for a home, trying to find if there may be a landlord out there who is expecting a lease to expire about that time. In the ad I gave a description of what we are looking for. At about 9 this evening I receive an email. It was from a woman in Seattle who runs a small furniture shop. Her mother in Canada has taken ill and she has to move back to care for her mother. She responds to my add stating she had just purchased her home and does not want to sell her home nore sell off her American clients. She is looking for someone who would care and maintain her home while collecting monthly bill payments from her clients, in exchange it is free rent on the home. A 4 bdrm 2 bath. I replied to her email stating I am interested but need more info on the business and home to be clear of the situation. It didn't sound like a scam, but who knows email scams can be oddities anymore. So wish me luck that this may be the real deal! I googled the email and name and nothing came up in scam reports soooo, hopefully. This could be exactly what we need to get an early start!

Monday, November 5, 2007


So I logged on to Deviantart this evening and checked my messages and notes.
I received a letter from another Deviant telling me her work was plagiarized and was being redistributed from a website called an Arabic art site centered in Kuwait. As she was browsing the brush files she saw several brushes that she knew I had created. I went to the site and dug through 6525 images to find mine near the front few pages, Easily accessible to many! As of yet AT LEAST 200 artists have been victimized by this group and who knows how many more.

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This is my Photoshop brush set entitled for the love of music still bearing my artist pen name of Janna Lee.

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and 2 more

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I and other artists, put a report into and what are we told ? That because this group is based in kuwait they have been known not to follow copyright laws (or enforce them) even though treaties have been signed. This is BS and I have had it! Many artists have now stopped making their work available to others even stock artists who photomanipulation artists depend on to bring you wonderful works of art. What next are they going to start walking into our homes and taking stuff and the law looks at us like we are stupid. This stuff does not belong to these people and it's not right that they can just take it because they want to. My clients and readers have to pay me for the use of my stuff off of deviantart, if they choose to redistribute I take a cut. As do many many artists...this is how we get paid for our work. Other then that we ask that credit is given where it is due by placing a link.... Many of us keep our accounts active by donation from fans and more popular artists. Our culture is based off of art. You hear it in Music, you see it in advertisements, television shows, on the internet, in museums, in parks EVERYWHERE! Hell you can even taste it and smell it in the culinary areas.
Imagine life without it. It is people like this make artists stop doing what they love...

You should know I create my art for others to use in a creative commons fashion the stipulations being......1. link back. 2 let me know you used it. 3. DO NOT REDISTRIBUTE this work as a whole you are free to use parts or pieces in YOUR own work. Here these bastards took almost ALL of my brushes and just gave them away with only my pen links nothing...I'm sure the total # of artists will be waaaaay over 200 hundred when all is said and done.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The end of Legends

So in the last 4 years I have made some of the coolest friends, met some of the coolest people and spent a majority of my Wednesdays (and at a time Thursdays too) at a local bar/grill/casino/sports bar called Legends. Jan and Skip Karaoke used to play there 2 nights a week and so as an avid follower I went habitually. This week I found out that
as of the 14th of February Jan and Skip will no longer be hosting Karaoke at Legends.
That was made better by the announcement that they will be moving to the Buffalo Saloon on Wednesdays. But will it be the same, Aptly not, simply because of the Singing Bartender Shawn and the host of other talented employees. So, wounds licked I decided I will probably go in once a week to say hi to Joe, Shawn, Nick and the girls. Then I was told.

Legends will be gone as of February. Apparently, The Sting (local pizzeria/ Sports bar
is taking over and it is still unsure who will remain. Though it coincides with my leaving Montana, I always had it in my head that I would come home occasionally and visit my friends at Legends.

It's kinda heartbreaking. I learned alot of good and bad things at that place. Like I regained the courage to sing in front of crowds again, I also learned how alcohol can be a take over. I met one of my best friends there. I met a few enemies as well.
Every Wednesday we would congregate have drinks, play pool, have drinks and have laughs and tears and conversations. We would express our emotions with the common denominator of music. I have had my last 4 birthdays there, amongst the throws of people I know and some I thought I did. We all learned about love there. Be it through an affair of our own or watching it unfold before us.
Jan and Skip are irreplaceable as a Karaoke team. There can't be anyone in the world who can keep the crowd enthralled as they do. But to lose the package, of a great "pub" style bar and my favorite Karoake there is a heart breaker. I hope that after Legends is gone I can still see some of the people out and about when I come home.... *sigh* An end of an age comes with A "Legend" leaving .