ImaginEars Animation Studio and it's Directors have been the subject of an unprecedented online attack by one artist of the CG Industry in the USA. An artist who is in fact a former employee of ImaginEars who had to be let go due to his abusive comments.
This artist has spread fear and panic among his fellow industry members relying on scare tactics to whip up a storm of protest against ImaginEars Animation Studio.
This attack originated as a misunderstanding on the artist's part of the copyright of certain material that ImaginEars Animation Studio were using as a part of a kickstarter campaign. In his haste to spread rumours about ImaginEars, he has in fact infringed on our Registered Copyright by posting a colour drawing of one of our characters without our authorization.
The truth of the matter is:
This artist filed a DMCA against ImaginEars on vimeo claiming he owned copyright of their videos.
ImaginEars Animation Studio have since provided time-stamped Certificates of Copyright covered by the Convention of Berne which in turn gives them Copyright in the United States of America and many other countries besides. In order to defend himself in a Court of Law, this artist must be able to provide time-stamped Registration documents to validate his claim.
This individual artist who has launched the attack is yet to provide such conclusive evidence on his part.
Legally he hasn't a leg to stand on!
The artist has taken to slandering ImaginEars by posting confidential emails omitting vital evidence to suit his own argument, which proves he was working for ImaginEars. And this is in spite of recognising that he was indeed working for ImaginEars in a consultative role.
During his time at ImaginEars he was sold a brand new piece of Hardware, so that he would be able to fulfil the role that he had been originally brought in to do, create lighting tutorials.
The Directors at ImaginEars bent over backwards advising him on how to set up the new hardware and get it running, due to his lack of technical knowledge.
ImaginEars has email evidence that prove this artist managed to get the hardware up and running and was able to use it for the time he was employed, despite his outrageous claims that the hardware didn't work at all.
ImaginEars were aware that in order to fulfil his tasks, the artist required specific software, So the Director's using their own money purchased a full license for the artist, to use for the duration of his employment.
No employer would ever hand over full ownership of any software to any employee without financial compensation.
ImaginEars therefore retained ownership of the license, and allowed the artist the use of the license key.
Unfortunately this artist didn't like the software that we had chosen. He claimed to have heard bad reviews about it and even went to the length of telling us that he didn't want to use it and the vendor had ruined the software by updating it.
You can imagine our response!
The attack is personal he's not happy that we let him go, and he's hell bent on revenge.
ImaginEars Animation Studio is a Scottish based Company and is registered in Companies House. We adhere to Scots and UK Law. Even though there was no signed contract between ImaginEars and the artist in question, a contract under Scots Law is an agreement between two parties, no signatures required.
At ImaginEars, we believe in the pursuit of Justice!
Will there be any Justice for those of us affected by this attack?!