Yet another case of studio photo theft
Old 20th March 2012
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Old 21st March 2012
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It seems some GS folks steal each other's photos:

see post #3 here:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/newbi...ding-tips.html
TRJanuary,
I originally found the photo (an up-close shot of some rackmounted gear, which was used for a 600px x 70px page banner) via a Google image search, although I now understand that its source was the studio you mentioned. Though we never directly claimed that the picture was our own studio, I can absolutely see why even putting this kind of a picture up could be misleading. I took down the photo immediately after you made me aware of it. This was an honest mistake on my part - it was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. Regardless, I shouldn't have been sourcing Google images in the first place.

I've since gone through our entire website and made sure that every image is sourced from stock images, or photos we took personally.

Again, my apologies.

Jason
Old 21st March 2012
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stock images
(Chiming in as someone who's web site has been "hijacked" and even stolen in its entirety more times than I can remember, which is why I have rather over-done watermarks on most of my images and my single biggest expense in 2007 was legal fees).

Ambiguous "stock" images -- Guys with guitars, gals wearing headphones - It's all good.

Once you get into gear shots, that's just -- That's bad.

Some of the excuses I've heard... "My web designer did it." "It was on Google, so it's public." "Well, our place doesn't look like that but we want people to think we have a nice place."

It's theft, it's misleading, it's misrepresentation, it's copyright infringement, etc., etc., yada, yada and I'm glad you took it down already. Happens all the time, pi$$es me off like few things I can think of (whether it's my site being hijacked or not).

Just ranting. Nice day, y'all.
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Old 21st March 2012
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(Chiming in as someone who's web site has been "hijacked" and even stolen in its entirety more times than I can remember, which is why I have rather over-done watermarks on most of my images and my single biggest expense in 2007 was legal fees).
Wow. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be!

Just to be clear, when I say we use stock images - ambiguous guitar players, singers with mics, etc. is exactly what I mean

Jason
Old 24th March 2012
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Don't blame your death on them, that's just funny. I also like how the picture is still there, but has been blurred. I see they have plenty of other photos of highly sophisticated control rooms as well. Which one is actually theirs or do they have a multi-national franchise that owns all those places?
If Impersonating an officer wasn't a felony it would be funny to contact them to ask their relation to the deceased and that they need to go into their local pd for questioning.
Old 19th July 2012
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Here's another.

Here's another "online mastering mill" that has committed photo theft:

VDE Online Mixing & Mastering

The photo of the control room belongs to EastWest. Vinny D. is in Miami but is spamming CL nationwide.
Old 19th July 2012
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Here's another "online mastering mill" that has committed photo theft:

VDE Online Mixing & Mastering

The photo of the control room belongs to EastWest. Vinny D. is in Miami but is spamming CL nationwide.
Funny site. He does not state if the $19.99 is per song or for the complete mastering. He also sends MP3s for mastering approvals. Oh well another bedroom/basement studio masquerading as a fully pro studio

There seem to be more and more of these sites cropping up all over. I guess they are all making money????
Old 19th July 2012
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there are dozens of 'businesses' like this,
just google mastering studio, or online mastering
I can point you to few who are for sure better with SEO then mastering, as their dodgy website is quite high in google rankings....
what can you do ?
internet gives an opportunity for scammers - they hide behind slick website
it's a shame for other audio engineers,
today everyone is super duper producer, dj, mixing engineer, etc (young generation)
all you need to have is a laptop with software - and you have a studio aren't you ?
Old 19th July 2012
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From the time you see a large format mixing console you know for sure mastering is not their sole income skill set.
Old 3rd February 2013
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Old 3rd February 2013
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Amazing... someone in Venezuela has built a mastering studio exactly like mine!

Professional Audio Mastering in ProTools 10 HDX Very Low Cost Via Email | eBay

Or he just used our photo


PS: Thanks to Francois Fanelli of Sonics Mastering for spotting this!
Or maybe he or she just used a 3 D printer to make an exact copy of your desk <GRIN> Those things are getting so fancy you cannot tell the copy from the original.
Old 4th February 2013
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Looks like they just "Google shopped" for photos now...
Old 11th February 2013
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I too have had my photos stolen by people from all over the globe.

WE HAVE A VERY POWERFUL NEW TOOL TO COMBAT THIS.

Google's new "image search". Its actually pretty amazing.

Enter photos from your website into Image Search.
It then finds every website in the world that is using the exact image or a very similar image. (so even if it is slightly edited or re-named, it can still find it)

Awesome.
OHHHH! A new revenue stream!

Old 8th May 2013
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here is another chap
https://soundcloud.com/mixingmastering
I think I saw that studio's photo....maybe here
and then if you click on chap's fb page - bang
another completely different studio
so chap owns 2
studio owners, 2 of yours studios 'have been taken'
Old 9th May 2013
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Old 9th May 2013
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you are right!
what a sneaky bas...rds!
plus on their soundcloud profile is another stolen
now who is real owner ?
Old 9th May 2013
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Looks like they ripped off Steve Corrao's site - Music Mastering | Online Mastering Service | Free Mastering Sample

I sent Steve an email through his site to alert him.

Also found a photo they stole from Metropolis. Jeeeez.
ha!
I asked them openly about photo
they claim they work with Sage Audio...
maybe I was wrong then ?
https://www.facebook.com/icemusicmed...=share_comment
I am gonna eat my own thumbs if I am wrong on this one...
hope Steve from Sage Mastering can step in.
Old 9th May 2013
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Regardless of their possible working relationship with Sage, the fact that they have images for three different mastering studios, various stock images from all over the web, no credit as to what studios they are, as well as information designed to mislead clients into thinking that they're the ones doing the mastering in these supposed facilities pictured, is shady at best.
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Old 9th May 2013
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Regardless of their possible working relationship with Sage, the fact that they have images for three different mastering studios, with no credit as to what studios they are, as well as information designed to mislead clients into thinking that they're the ones doing the mastering in these supposed facilities pictured, is shady at best.
plus this guy have a balls!
got a sort of semi-soft threatening email off facebook
what an impertinence !
Old 9th May 2013
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they claim they work with Sage Audio...
Of course he does. Who doesn't send their hip hop
tracks to Music Row to get mastered?
Old 9th May 2013
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here is a photo taken from his soundcloud profile,
please note this time studio 'moves' to London UK
from Florida/USA, I think chap is probably from some dusty town in Oklahoma
pretending to be Sage Audio on Facebook, and definitely using some other's peopel studio photo on soundcloud
here is a photo

by the way, he removed my questions off his FB profile, where I blatantly asked him questions, what a shame
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Old 9th May 2013
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Originally Posted by Red Mastering View Post
here is a photo taken from his soundcloud profile,
please note this time studio 'moves' to London UK
from Florida/USA, I think chap is probably from some dusty town in Oklahoma
pretending to be Sage Audio on Facebook, and definitely using some other's peopel studio photo on soundcloud
here is a photo

by the way, he removed my questions off his FB profile, where I blatantly asked him questions, what a shame
maybe we should all ask him what's up on his FB then?
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Old 9th May 2013
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maybe we should all ask him what's up on his FB then?
I did.
he removed already our short discussion there
still claims everything is ok and it's me who spreading BS..
what an impertinent!
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Old 9th May 2013
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Old 9th May 2013
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I guess it is due to pressure from trying to make your bedroom computer and cracked software look like a pro mastering facility to the rest of the world. You really wouldn't want this person to show what he really is using complete with the unmade bed and dirty underwear thrown about - would you?
Just . Thanks for this laugh. Too funny.
Old 9th May 2013
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Heard back from Steve at Sage. Sounds like the situation was resolved which resulted in this - https://www.facebook.com/icemusicmedia

Makes me wonder how many of those plug-ins are even legit...
Old 9th May 2013
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now it's getting funnier
I screenshotted fb email/conversation
there's a bogus alter ego man - Josephus Prins - involved https://www.facebook.com/officialprins

guy seems to be non existent for google,
btw, Prins -.....well ....sorry but NO.
again, if I am wrong - I am happy to apologies
but something tells me this guy will go a long way

also this 20 y o geezer called me a kid,
now I am taking offence
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Old 9th May 2013
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forget to add
he claims to mixing jenifer lopez and chris brown...
well, there you go - guy who charges 50 $ per song....that's preposterous
Old 9th May 2013
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