So I'm sure you're familiar with past stories of YouTubers and Facebook Channels taking animators' work and reuploading it to their channel. Now It wouldn't be a massive problem, however with the recent Friday Night Funkin Jam and massive craze. It seems now that nearly every single one of the animators who got involved in the jam has;
- Had their video reuploaded without their permission,
- The channels have slapped ads all across
- Cut out the credits or taking credit for your animation
- Are making hundreds to thousands off your stolen work.
This has happened to me and now it's happened to everyone it seems. With so many animations getting millions of views and bringing more traffic towards Newgrounds and some well-deserved animators and artists. Now it seems these leeches are trying to make money off you.
"Good call on the watermark btw"
This is just ONE example out of many.
I've contracted a few of them and managed to get some taken down. However, it seems that a few will go as far as lying to their audience about getting permission or just straight up ignore the warnings. They have no consideration for the people they've stolen from and are still reuploading your Friday Night Funkin Animations.
DO NOT LET THEM EARN ANOTHER CENT ON THESE KINDS OF VIDEOS!
Animators have already get screwed by YouTube. But with the recent boom. Newgrounds and Small-Time Animators can now start making a name for themselves and get a chance to become professional animators that can earn something with their hard work. Newgrounds should be the main home for these animations, not from some selfish greedy kids. (and yes, most of these channels do this around the age of 18 or less.)
If you're a viewer and see this on YouTube, CONTACT THE ANIMATOR! I have messaged other animators so they can issue the takedown and stop them from earning another cent. And if you can, call these channels out.
Do not believe them saying, "Oh I'm sorry, I'll give you X and won't do it again." But in my experience. They'll just reupload others, ignore everything and repeat the process.