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STOLEN ART AT MCM EXPO- Lookout this weekend..

Journal Entry: Tue May 29, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Donna M Evans
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:bulletblack:I wanted to enjoy Expo, but then this happened...:bulletblack:



:star: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS PERSONALLY AFFECTED :star:

UPDATE. In case you aren't aware, it's London Expo this weekend...

BE VIGILANT.

If you haven't heard from her already, please message MissPepperCat as she has information about this man, which could prove very useful should you wish to take this further.

Many thanks to Japan Expo, who have been extremely kind to co-operate and release this information.

:new: NEW INFORMATION :new:

This stall still appears to be selling the work of Bob Dob, AndyFairhurst Vulture34 and lora-zombie but mirrored and/or altered with effects and filters added.

Please also look at these accounts:

:iconcanvassean: :iconstrech1:

These two accounts are highly connected to this string of events. The first, canvassean is the man behind the stall at London Expo, as he claims in his own comments. The second, strech1 appears to have made work to sell to canvassean
One look around his "gallery" will show you he's not all he appears to be.
These accounts are used in bad form, the latter in particular.

At Manchester Expo, the stall was named ARTY-FARTY-FANART. They handed out flyers this time with an email address to contact them (arty-farty-fanart@gmail.com), but their blurb contained very bad spelling and grammar. If you see this stall at future events, please be aware of it and if you can, notify a member of senior staff.

For your information, the "disclaimer sign" displayed on their stall reads-

"We believe all the Art on display not to
have any copyright issues. If you feel
there is any infringement please provide written evidence and we will act accordingly

arty-farty-fanart@gmail.com"


Just a small update here-

THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS FROM THE FLYER DOESN'T EVEN EXIST

Try entering it on a verification checker, you'll see it is a bad address.

I suggest contacting the seller using this email. It is a current, working email-

artyfartyfanart@gmail.com

This email address is legitimate. (WITHOUT the hyphens)

If there's an image you wish to report, or wish to send out a Cease and Desist to these guys, I suggest you email them there. Get to it, people!


IF YOU SEE THIS MAN EXHIBITING AS A DEALER AT A UK CONVENTION, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING IMMEDIATELY

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:star:Added even more images to the ever growing list. I am currently in the process of identifying new images, please bear with me while I update the list, thanks for your patience. If you have been affected, please comment below or drop me a note.

:star:Over 40 deviantARTISTs have been notified so far, do you know of any more?:star:



Well, I would have posted a happy journal entry about MCM Expo, but sadly, I feel this is more important.

Please, if I could spare 10 minutes of your time to fave this journal and repost it in your own, I would be forever grateful, thank you...

Please look at these images on my Tumblr account:

CLICK HERE FOR THE PICS ON MY TUMBLR.


This "stall" belongs to a Dealer who exhibited at London Expo this weekend.

Images look familiar? They should. They're all STOLEN.

This guy claims to be the "genius" behind these works of art. Truth is, the majority, if not ALL of them, have been swiped from deviantART, printed on canvas and sold WITHOUT PERMISSION.

This guy is a fraud, a plagiarist, a thief and liar. Why is he even allowed to exhibit at London Expo.

We all need to gather proof that this guy isn't all he claims to be. If you recognise ANY of these images. PLEASE SHARE OR COMMENT BELOW. A lot of these works are by American artists. We need to inform them and put a stop to this.

Please, please share and let a team of us put this right. We need to gather a lot of solid evidence to get this guy thrown out.
He didn't have any business cards (no surprises there) but he's exhibited and sold at London Expo many, many times.

I wrote this deviantART journal to pread the word myself. It would help greatly if you could share your photos here too and we can pool all our evidence in one place and compare photos.

I will update this journal with thumbs of the work seen in these photos as STOLEN. If you know any of the artists, please, please contact them so we can build our case to present to MCM Expo themselves.

:bulletyellow:STOLEN WORKS INCLUDE
:bulletyellow:

Harley Quinn - HAMMA' TIME by PatCarlucci Crazy beautiful by diablo2003 Deathstar Reflections by WiL-Woods
LOVIN IT? by lora-zombie Will Kill for Money by Vulture34 Spidey vs. Hulk by ChristianNauck
Joker Tribute by Vinnyjohn13 Joker by el-grimlock Family Guy Fanart by AthenaTT
Arkham promo dos by Chuckdee CHUCKY by RyanOttley :thumb119559811:
The Pumpkin King by SaiFongJunFan :thumb131678903: PREDATOR - by DanLuVisiArt
Bender by onebitrocket The Joker's Calling Card by No-Sign-of-Sanity Alien Vs Predator: Chess by Xidon
Judge Dredd by MrLeeCarter Deadpool Wallpaper by Vulture34 BA- Spider-man, Hulk, Wolverine by Creation-Matrix
Mad Love by Quirkilicious Avengers by JPRart teenage mutant ninja turtles by nebezial
SHS Amazing Spiderman by DazTibbles Marvel Super Heroes by Matelandia Batman by AndyFairhurst
JL Rise and Fall: GREEN ARROW by Artgerm :thumb70940184: Evil Dead by Hokunin
Black Mage by SandyLeDandy batman by AlexPascenko Batman by Valzonline
Harley Quinn 004 by RaffaeleMarinetti PAGE 5 by supersebas Batman by caiocacau
The Bat and the Joker by Wulfsbane Death Note Ryuku by Aerin-Kayne Harley Quinn by RaffaeleMarinetti
Raphael by DaveRapoza Donatello by DaveRapoza Leonardo by DaveRapoza
Michelangelo by DaveRapoza Batman: Joker's Fright Club by JPRart A Nightmare on Elm Street by JoeJusko
Batman and Joker by Ferigato :thumb199993970: Console war? by Mikeinel
Superman: Secret Origin by jonsibal -+ CueL .:. Stripes +- by Kaizeru Bender by billythebrain
Donald Freddy by AlessandroConti

:star: There's also a useful video made by the London Expo Comic Village Alliance about the events of the weekend, if you want to give it a look:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lp8Ns…

MissPepperCat took some recent photographs of the seller at Japan Expo recently. She also picked up a few more details, too. Many thanks to her.
See if you can spot any new images I don't already have on my list:


art thief by MissPepperCat

That's it for updates right now.
Thank you all for reading.

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:bulletblack: SHAMELESS PLUGGING :bulletblack:

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:iconcrashkirby888:
Crashkirby888 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
was he at the MCM manchester expo this year?
I went to that and im SURE some of these pictures ring a bell in my memory of that day.
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, the stall was called Arty Farty Fanart. I think I mentioned it in the journal above.
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:iconyakumosoul:
yakumoSoul Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Two people just confirmed that his stall has again been spotted at London MCM Expo last week :S

As the stall was also spotted this weekend in Belgium with a different person manning the stand, I suspect he and his associate split up to cover more ground.
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:iconyakumosoul:
yakumoSoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Found another one: the lady on the right in yellow tiger-print bikini with the jaguar background was created in 1999 by Inoue Takuya, a popular hentai artist of those days.
I can't quite link to the original image for that reason, but you would find it on e.g. gelbooru, with Takuya's signature on it.
The jaguar background itself turns out to be from a free online wallpaper, so it would seem the man can photoshop but can't tell tigers apart from jaguars.
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:iconyakumosoul:
yakumoSoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And the same goes for the blue bunny girl at the bottom middle with the Playboy logo: The bunny girl art is also one of Inoue Takuya's, and did not originally feature any logo.

Additionally, using the Playboy logo in such way is also in violation of trademark laws, equally liable for a lawsuit.
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:iconyakumosoul:
yakumoSoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The image at the bottom right, the girl in red bikini, was drawn by Tony Taka (real name Tanaka Takayuki) and is featured in the artbook “Tony’s ARTworks from Shining World”. Tony Taka is the character designer of SEGA's "Shining Tears/Wind" games and anime series, to which this character belongs.
[link]
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There is a rather high-res scan of this image online, so I've no doubt where he got it.
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:iconyakumosoul:
yakumoSoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've also seen the Sonic the Hedgehog art in the upper left of the photo at his stand (at F.A.C.T.S. convention 2012 two weeks ago), two copies printed at A3 size. I don't know who the artist is, but I could tell from the skill level that it wasn't an official art.
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:iconxxxtomatofacexxx:
XxXtOMATOfaceXxX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such amazing works been stolen O my!! :iconsadplz:
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:iconkid-tarakona:
Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I didn't go this time round, but some of my mates who went said that they saw not one, but two stalls selling stolen works on canvases. No one knows if they're the same company or completely separate ones, but everyone on the Expo forums is up in arms about it [link] .
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I believe it was the same stall.
As I've been hearing many, many times, Expo aren't getting directly involved with this. Kudos to the person on there putting up a fight, and Expos responses there are a little shabby, it's like simply fobbing someone off by telling them to report it, only to later be told by the same person that reporting it is actually useless.

I could go on and on about this, but from a personal point of view, it's pointless.
The most important thing? The companies who copyright belongs to, are aware of this.
And with Disney recently buying the rights to Marvel and now LucasFilms, perhaps they will look at things more closely.
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:iconkid-tarakona:
Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I honestly can't believe the admin's attitude. He's the reason why most people hardly use those forums nowadays. I get that he's trying to explain that they can't do anything unless the original copyright holders file a complaint, but he won't get anywhere by screaming at people (out of all the forums I've been on, I've never seen such behaviour from an admin). It's like watching little kids squabble over the rules of a game.

I'm surprised there weren't any protesters, but then again with people saying how aggressive the security staff were (Expo probably heard the rumors and decided to hire the most aggro security firm they could find), those put together would probably have been enough to evoke a riot.

BTW, I have another couple pics you can add to the list if you wish. This one here [link] , which I brought up on :iconmisspeppercat: 's photos, which was drawn years ago for the Manga Academy website. The girl appears on ads in the backs of their Let's Draw Manga books to promote the site (I used to own a few of those books), but I think the site merged with DMP (Digital Manga Publishing) a year ago. The original artist is aware, but I don't know if they're planning to take action or not.

Also, that blue-coloured image with the blonde guy and the words "Fuck you" written on it? I could be wrong, but I think that's an altered official image of Vault Boy from the Fallout games. I've never played the games myself, but one of my friends who does play them mentioned that they used to have that image as a wallpaper on their official site when Fallout 3 came out.

I know it might not seem like much now, but I thought I'd mention that. I know you've been getting this a lot, but I think what you've done to raise awareness of this is just brilliant. :highfive:
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your help, though it seems Expo don't actually care about this one bit. Deleting the topic from the forums altogether is saying something..
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow.. They deleted the topic.

Go figure..
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:iconkid-tarakona:
Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
It's their loss. I can't see a bright future for them if they're going to be this close-minded.
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:iconwackyracky:
WackyRacky Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh no I bought a canvas yesterday before reading this journal today :( I can't believe I actually purchased stolen art! I wish I'd seen this journal before going to MCM- I'll definitely be spreading the word.
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconkittyillustrations:
Kittyillustrations Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dont think i be going to the mcm but i really hope no one buys anything from him
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:iconcaptainkurfuffle:
CaptainKurfuffle Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
If I were going this october I would certainly keep an eye out. Unfortunately I'm going to Venice.
I still can't believe he's not been caught. Starting to tick me off more than I thought humanly possible.
Good luck! Will keep my eyes peeled for an update!
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:iconkatcardy:
KatCardy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
good luck fighting the good fight... I wont be there this time. -_-
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Unfortunately, neither will I.
I just wanted to signal boost again because Expo is coming around. :/
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:iconkatcardy:
KatCardy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
fair enough :)
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:iconyuki-limandjaro:
Yuki-limandjaro Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I just saw this guy once again at an expo in Paris : Paris Manga ([link])

They were selling a large part of what you already have shown here. The guy was exactky the same one as in Japan Expo. I talked to a girl who's a police officer, she said that nothing can be done legally in France expect if someone sues him. We don't have class actions and the like here in France so this might be kind of a problem (financially)

Please let me know if I can be of any help.
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate your concern here, but yes, now it is up to the artists themselves to take action if they see fit.

I was just making people aware that this was happening, and act as a deterrent to buy this guys goods.

I heard rumours of a protest about this at the next London expo. Though I won't actually be attending that one.
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:iconkid-tarakona:
Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
P.S. I forgot to mention, with the Entertainment Media Show & Collectormania London [link] coming up, there's a likely chance he may try to appear there (unfortunately, their Exhibit page isn't working at the mo, but I don't know if they'll have a list of vendors).
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EVERYONE NEEDS TO DO THIS TO THE 2 ARTIST ABOVE!!! WHO'S WITH ME!!!
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:iconrinzler-chan:
Rinzler-chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm alerting everyone on Tumblr too, BASTARDS GOIN DOWN!
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:iconleopreston:
Leopreston Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are so amazing Donna, seriously. I've never known anyone to stand up for something so strongly. :)
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:iconc-a-s-p-i-a:
C-a-s-p-i-a Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's basically claimed that because theres no watermark, DA watermark or (c) in the description or anywhere, that its OK to take and sell their art.

Disgusting
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Some of the artwork has been tweaked and modified as well, especially since the last big event.
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:iconc-a-s-p-i-a:
C-a-s-p-i-a Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I see his stall I plan to stand and protest XD
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:iconnathaniel2k:
nathaniel2k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
reckon 4chan might lynch him for us? theyre quite good at finding information on people
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If you have a way of letting people know, I would very much appreciate it!
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:iconnathaniel2k:
nathaniel2k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
i posted it in the mcm event page (unnofficial) and also in the anime commissions group that most of the people that commented on your journal are allready in lol
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:iconkatcardy:
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lol.. The meer fact that they have to have that disclaimer prooves that they have just stolen the work they print :/
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see that some of the artists work has been tweaked and altered since the May Expo.
Perhaps thinking they might get around the copyright of other peoples' work by applying a few effects maybe?
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:iconkatcardy:
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Certainly seems that way :/ ... I think there actually is some loop hole in the laws that states something like "seven reasonable changes" are required for something to be considered a derivative work, but it doesn't quantify what a reasonable chane is... Someone could just add 7 eye-lashes and think they can get away with it :/
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Mirroring someone's image or pasting it onto another background, just a few ways these works have been altered. You can still distinctly tell where the original work has come from.

Oh and their email doesn't even exist. So no one has the right to dispute anyway, it seems.
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:iconkatcardy:
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
gah.. that sucks! .. although it doesn't surprise me.. you did say their blurb was full of typos! they probably spelt their own email address wrong ;) .... "Arty farty fanart" really suggests that they don't even respect the work they're ripping and selling too! :/
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:iconmimitakashi16:
mimitakashi16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Expo is turning to a joke. Seriously. I noticed back in May there were so many FAKE figures. the first expo i ever went to back like 4-5 years ago never had any fakes! D: its such a shame people like that are giving expo such a bad name. I will be on the look out when hyper japan rolls around in november just incase that "Art seller" tries to invade hyper japan D: <3 Thanks for the update like always! :D
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:icondarkepicangel:
DarkEpicAngel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I agree. I've been to the expo once before (last October) and planning to go back THIS October but seriously, it's disgraceful! D:
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:iconmimitakashi16:
mimitakashi16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Honestly it used to be great! There were hardly any fakes floating around. But now its just terrible. Have you been to hyper japan before? If your looking for something better then MCM then go to HJ <3 its better ^^
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:icondarkepicangel:
DarkEpicAngel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Where's that?
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:iconmimitakashi16:
mimitakashi16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Hyper japan is in london at earls court :D Its really good check it out! they do have a website ^^
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:icondarkepicangel:
DarkEpicAngel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Awesome!
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:iconmimitakashi16:
mimitakashi16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Its very good! Hardly any fakes there. And there is alot of japanese traditional stuff there. Its very nice! :D waaay better then mcm :)
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:icondarkepicangel:
DarkEpicAngel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Might take my anime-loving friend there. :)
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Most welcome. Thank you for the support.

Have you tried emailing them at all and report any of the images?
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:iconmimitakashi16:
mimitakashi16 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I dont really look to buy art at expo, Just because this has really put me off doing so. But if he is at hyper japan ill snap some photos of him and that way we have proof. I love what he replied to down there. Poor excuses... -__-;
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This kind of behaviour is putting me off attending conventions altogether, which is why I am looking into personal and private commissions a lot more this year. I simply get more out of it.
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