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Marcus J Ranum
United States
Current Residence: Morrisdale, Pennsylvania
Favourite genre of music: Operatic goth
Favourite photographer: Erwin Olaf / Helmut Newton / David Hamilton
Favourite style of art: sexy
Operating System: OpenBSD 2.6
MP3 player of choice: iPod 80 ("video porn" model)
Shell of choice: /bin/ksh
Wallpaper of choice: Black
Skin of choice: female
Favourite cartoon character: Marv from Sin City / Druuna / Honey
Personal Quote: If life gives you lemons - kick its ass.
I post stuff here, on fetlife, and on tumblr. Well, I used to - now I hardly do at all.

Not because of copyright. I understand that when you post something on the internet, you're posting it for everyone to look at, and it's going to get shared around. But the comped-up piece of shit you see above (minus my commentary) is all over the internet - it's far more widely distributed than my original version. Back when I used to read my messages here and on Fetlife, I had 12-20 messages per day about stuff like this. Mostly it was people trying to be helpful and telling me "HEY! Look over here, there's another person who smeared shit all over your art!"  And it used to take me an hour every morning to cut and paste URLs into DMCA requests to get this kind of crap taken down.

Welcome to the Internet - 1 by mjranum

But that's really only the tip of the emotional iceberg for me. About 1 in 10 times that I post a DMCA I'd get a message from the person who had posted it. So not only would my inbox be filled with woe from all the copyright violations, I'd get a breakdown approximately as follows:
10% You #*!@&^!ing @#*&!@! I hope your !&*!&^# falls off and you die of cancer!!!
30% By posting an image on the internet it's in the public domain (followed by 3 pages of complete wrongness about copyright)
30% You can't make me stop! Nyaa nyaa nyaa fuck you nyaa nyaa!
20% A lecture about how mean and rude I am
5% A genuine apology
5% Well, I like it anyway, so in spite of your having complained to me and explained why you don't like it, is it OK if I keep it up? (completely clueless in other words)

Understand, as I do, that that's a small percentage of a small percentage of all the people who share my images around. But with the size of the population on the internet, it's a large number in total. On a site like Fetlife, that equates to about 100 threatening or angry emails a year. Yeah, it really makes me feel appreciated.

I set that against the times when someone comes up to me at a conference and says "dude, I love your photography!" or I get an email from someone asking please please please for a high resolution version of the file because they want to make a big print of it and frame it for their sweetie. Or, the occasional emails where someone thanks me for my stock photography helping them get a cover gig for their first book cover. Those are great. I love those moments. But they sure as hell aren't as often as the angry, petulant, bratty, or downright snotty lectures I get from ignoramuses who want to hide behind their personal interpretation of copyright law (which, by the way, is universally wrong) or who are incapable of saying "I'm sorry."

Welcome to the Internet - 2 by mjranum

Let me tell you a true story: one of the better online friends I made on Deviantart is someone I got to know because they ripped off one of my artworks and photoshopped on it (brilliantly) to turn it into a photocomposite. I told them they couldn't do that, and they said they loved my stuff, and I suggested they use a different image - here - ... and we were off to the races. We've been swapping ideas and I've been shooting custom stock for them ever since; It's a positive and nurturing creative collaboration.

You see, I'm not some ogre. I want to get my art on just like you. But I am increasingly feeling backed into a corner. I got into doing the wet plates because a) it's cool  b) I get to work with nasty dangerous stuff  c) it looks awesome   d) you cannot duplicate a plate; it's a unique artwork. I started doing wet plates in order to protect myself emotionally and to protect my art. Oh, want to know how that turned out? Some cheese-brain was taking the scans I post of my wet plates and removing my art from them, so he could use the edges in his images because, yeah, they look cool!! He. Threw. My. Art. Away. Because. The. Only. Part. That. Was. Useable. Was. The. Edges. I almost offered him a wet plate so I could get his address and go talk to him about it face to face.

These are the emotional trade-offs I'm up against. I've finally had to confront the fact that if I want to keep posting stuff on the internet, I'm going to have to utterly concede to the faceless horde out there. I will have to either stop altogether or give it all away. Not just give it away technically, give it away emotionally. And that's the problem: if I don't care, it's not going to be any good.

Submission - 1 by mjranum

If I didn't give a shit how my photography looked, I wouldn't give a shit about someone photoshopping their bad high school poetry over top of it. I wouldn't argue with them. I'd just have to lie there and take it, and I know that eventually it's going to mean creative death for me. Perhaps where I am headed is toward making photos just for myself, and not sharing them with anyone. That's sort of where I am, already. I have boxes and boxes of wet plates on a shelf over at my studio. There, they sit. I have tens of thousands of digital images on my hard drive(s). There, they sit. I am frozen at the perfect apex between anger, disgust, and the desire to quit.
  • Mood: Torment
  • Listening to: My computer fan
  • Watching: my laptop
  • Playing: at being human
  • Eating: as little as possible
  • Drinking: tea

Who wins: Zombies -VS- Necrophiliacs -VS- Cannibals? 

506 deviants said Bruce Campbell (a late entry)
502 deviants said Zombies
223 deviants said Necrophiliacs
168 deviants said Cannibals

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darkpainn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
used your stock here :…
Mogorron Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery, I used one of your stock photos as reference for a drawing:
BOULPIX Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used an other one photo here :…

On my website here :…

Thank you again for your fantastic stock images !
BOULPIX Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your stock here :…

The work is on my website here :…

Thanks again for your exceptional photos
sleef Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss seeing your beautiful work in my inbox, but understand your reticence to put more out here.  Thank you for everything you've shared with us, and I hope to see more at some point in the future, if you choose to.
LiquidstyleDS Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Love your work. Inspiring and awesome to see.
Sinlaise Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
used your awesomeness to create this:
Aristocra Szcalo'rien'inrokini by Sinlaise
Nutteh Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
youre one strange man
its really awesome!
RyanPowers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a lot of respect for someone who can excel at both artistic work as well as technical subjects like computer programming.  You are a role model for me.

Much of your erotica appeals to me as well, as I have a fetish for submission.
karllouis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
copyright infringement - commercial

hi marcus

it looks like one of your images is uploaded and posted (no credits, no links) on tsu, a new social network with a monetization concept and therefore the user makes money also with posting your photo. tsu pays 90% of it's revenue to it's users depending on their activities (posts, comments, followers).…

you have to decide if you want to report this as a copyright infringement. we recommend to report it. many users on tsu post the work of photographers without permission and often without giving credits and no links and they make money like this.

you can join tsu e.g. by clicking on: or

after you have joined search for user "Fitness Models" and click under the photo on "more" and then "report".

you can also email to .

let me add that tsu is a new network and has some plusses already which could change the social media world. they are also working on a new system that will be a help for artists to manage and protect their copyrighted work.

best regards,


ccomg gmbh - creative companies group
multimedia production and art management

karl louis photography and videography
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