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Thread: Another Haunt ripping off website, images, and video images

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    This is listed as a home haunt on the Canadian Haunters Association web site. Is this just a kid playing haunted house in his garage? Did not seem like he was a pro haunter and he did not think a back yard haunt commercial would get this much attention. If this is so then he needs to learn that you can't go out and steal what you want. I am a person that does not allow or own a bootleg DVD or CD. It's just the way I am and I make my son pay for his music too. Well I pay and he listens, but no down loaded stuff unless its paid for. I hope this is just some kid that made a mistake and now he should know better. The way the world is now you can get anything free on a torrent site and kids think that just the way it's done. Just think we used to get a friend LP and record it on our cassette deck to play in our cars, now you just down load it to your phone. And as a last thought, This is why they need input from the USA, to let them know what is proper and not, I see stuff that is original and cool at TW and then at MHC two other guys have almost the same thing, is this right or is it wrong of them. I deal a lot with Canada and find them to be more ethical to deal with than some of the guys here in Detroit.

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    Their website has been taken down.

    This isn't something lawyers should be involved with, especially since it probably is just a technologically smart kid, but he'll get knocked down by his customers/visitors when they see this and realize that NONE of the quality stuff in the video is in his haunt. Let him dig his own grave, he'll learn the hard way on his own. Just get him kicked from Facebook and Youtube, the site is already down, I think this kid is realizing he has made a huge mistake, but don't kill him over it. I'd let it pass and see if he does anything stupid again before bringing out the pitchforks and torches.
     

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    We were contacted by the owner of TopHam Terrors. He told us it was Darknet Designs who did the video for him. So they (Darknet Designs) knew better.
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    I don't know who Darknet is and now don't want to. Bart you should check out the other web sites he has done to see if he is using your stuff on others. Darknet should know better and should be held accountable for using it.

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    Very true.....but who's DarkNet Designs?? I've never heard of them....have any of us heard of them? Is it their own sub-company??
     

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    google darknet and look at the first few sites that pop up they have to do with illegal downloading hacking and child porn
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathstaste View Post
    google darknet and look at the first few sites that pop up they have to do with illegal downloading hacking and child porn
    Holy crap! Not good.

    Topham should also sue them for whatever they paid for that website, since it seems like Darknet threw them under the bus in this situation, especially since Topham is doing this home haunt for a major children's hospital. I don't think a guy looking to raise money for "sick kids" (the name of the hospital, as it happens), is looking to be a crook, con, or rip-off office.

    C.
     

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    Edit- they cleared their name
    Last edited by screamforadream; 02-12-2013 at 03:46 PM. Reason: Better :)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathstaste View Post
    google darknet and look at the first few sites that pop up they have to do with illegal downloading hacking and child porn
    Whooooaaa there..... Now before we start accusing someone of being associated with any kind of child porn or hacking, please be sure of what your saying first. The term "dark net" is an associated term by certain black hat hacking groups and law enforcement agencies to refer to private networks or torrent networks used by groups to transfer private files and content that is ment for a private group. It seems that this is just a business name that is associated with another terminology that can be used for illegal activities sometimes. So please don't jump to conclusions here and accusing someone of some seriosly illegal activites like child porn simply because of a blind google search.

    I've never heard of this web designer before, but just doing a quick lookup seems that this person named Justin has been active on the hauntworld forums since 2008 as "hauntmisery". You can also find some post here talking about his services.

    http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_ho...eb-Design-Sale!

    http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_ho...eb-Design-Sale!

    And here is another member recommending him - http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_ho...arknet-Designs!

    If this guy is stealing content and images from another designer and passing it off as his own work, and to top it off, reselling it to his clients, then:

    1. He should be sued by the original designer for copyright infringement and the website that is currently using the design and work they paid for and hold the current copyrights.

    2. He should be sued by the clients he sold that stolen work to for putting them in a actionable situation by the other haunt and misrepresenting himself to them as having the legal copyrights to the stolen work.

    3. And everyone should know what kind of lazy ass thief they are for trying to rip off everyone if that's what really happened.

    I seriously can't believe that people still think they won't get caught considering how small and tight a community the haunt industry is. They think they can make a quick buck and nobody will catch them in the act.

    And a friendly reminder (because I'm tried of seeing this crap).... Unless you have attended law school, studied entertainment and/or copyright law in depth, are a practicing lawyer, or have consulted an attorney about any potential legal ramifications from using another persons art, assume you have no idea what the hell you are talking about and have no legal right to use another's work. STOP STEALING AND SELLING IT AS YOUR OWN WORK! You a thief and don't be surprised when you get sued, as you should!
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    This is a update from Rouges Hollow....

    UPDATE 2/11/13
    I spoke with the owner of Topham Terror who admitted that the designer of this website, DarkNET Designs had nothing to do with the artwork from Blood Manor. Topham now claims they purchased the artwork and video from someone on Hauntworld but can’t remember the name apparently. Yeah, right. So anyway I want to make it clear that DarkNET did not knowingly use the copyrighted artwork from Blood Manor.com.
    So it looks like the DarkNet designer had nothing to do with the art theft, which is good for them and clears their name. It seems like we have a good old fashion case of a haunt owner trying to rip off video from one haunt and pass it off as their own. I remember that Scott from Scarehouse had a similar problem with another haunt trying to pass off a scarehouse video or clip of it as their own recently too.

    PLEASE, STOP TRYING TO STEAL ONE HAUNTS VIDEOS / ARTWORK AS YOUR OWN. If you are not that creative to come up with your own unique characters and content without ripping off someone else, reconsider your current line of work.
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