IF you come across files on 4shared or in a yahoo group marked BvanEsch followed by the kit name etc, please note that these are pirated files. I have made it so that my files do not show up if searched for. I know of two such files on 4shared at the moment that someone has pirated of mine. They were never a freebie, in fact the same file is a kit in my shop. This person did not even bother to change the name, she left it as is. This makes me so mad, even though I try not to let it bother me, if I am honest, it does. I work very hard to design kits and while some others do if for a hobby and for fun, I really need the money I make from it. (as do a lot of designers I know)- I have come to depend on the income.
Edited: I just wanted to add that even if designers do not necessarily need the money and are designing just for the enjoyment, still does not give anyone the right or the justification to come along and abuse the copyright issue.
This person and others alike, that steal these files and then uploads them elsewhere and shares them in yahoo groups are thieves of the worse kind. If the roles were reversed and they were the ones working hard, spending hours on a kit designing it and they came across someone pirating their work-how do you think they would feel? It is only because they are not, that they feel justified doing this. I don't understand why people do this, as most of the time, they are not re-selling the kit, they are merely sharing it for free after I presume they have bought it(or how else would they get the kit?). If they are not gaining anything by doing this-why do it???
Besides the fact what they are doing is illegal, dishonest, disgusting and fraudulent.
All I can say is that what goes around comes around and they will get their just desserts in other areas of their lives, because someone who can do that, can't be a very nice person to start off with....pitiful actually.
Thanks for reading...I needed to get that off my chest.