I usually don't use dA journal to write about anything other than update on what I'm working on, but I have some important issues to address. As the Windows theming committee grows, it has been becoming harder and harder to control thief. As a result, I find myself constantly battling against thieves who shamefully steals my skin. What's even worse is that people are monetizing them for money through ad links or putting in dangerous adware through installation packs (aka skinpacks). Here is my theme, Acid, being used without my consent: techdhruv.com/fusion-skin-pack…
. It was posted by the deviant thedhruv
. Like most skinpacks, the installer for this has adware and toolbars that the average user would not know how to avoid. The average skinpack from this person doesn't even give proper credit to where he has gotten the theme from. Usually, he would just put down "Thanks *username*", which is very deceiving and does not imply that the person being thank is the creator of the theme. It's an absolutely disgusting way for people to make money through deception and exploiting the ignorance of people.
Another problem with skinpacks is that they are often very poorly put together. An average skinpack is made by taking someone's theme, a random rocketdock skin that doesn't even match with it, and some random icons. This takes away the beauty that the theme's author was trying to present and makes your desktop look bad.
So what I am asking from you guys is to spread the word about skinpacks so that less people would fall less for these imposters and give hard working themers the attention they deserve.
Update: I thought I share with you guys the conversation I had with thedruv: