Copyright infringements and you

More and more frequently, I receive e-mails from readers who want to inform me that images from our comic(s) are posted on other websites. This can be very helpful to detect copyright infringements, so I’m grateful for every notice I receive.

Note, however, that not every usage of our comics is automatically a copyright infringement. Our comics are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. In short, this free license allows the publication on non-commercial websites if proper attribution to the creators is given (more info).

But even if you believe that there’s a massive copyright infringement going on, you should never file a take-down request yourself! This is still my job if I feel that some kind of reaction is required. What you can do, apart from informing me, is to write a comment beneath the submission/blog post/… with a link to our comic website. Plenty of readers have found our comics this way.

Top comments on Gaia until Shadowdancers 071

Here is my top 10 list of the best/funniest comments from the Gaia pages until Shadowdancers 071, published on 14 December 2012.

Comment by SteelRaven on the page The Red Hall 028:

“Next, you will have to remove a couple of protection spells…”
“…Ars is getting upset!”

Comment by Dani on the page The Red Hall 037:

As a senior at University, I know all too well that ‘considering several options’ is code for “I haven’t been offered a #*$@(&$ thing”.

Comment by SteelRaven on the page The Red Hall 040:

“It’s pretty darn dangerous for you to loose control, Lili. Now thats settled, lets all get drunk!”

Comment by Thorn on the page The Red Hall 044:


Comment by Anonymous on the page The Red Hall 045:

You can’t kill me favorite character! I forbid it! D=

Comment by TraderInTown on the page Shadowdancers 013:

From now on, I’m entering rooms by throwing open the door and yelling “CATASTROPHE!”

Comment by Bucc-i on the page Shadowdancers 014:

“In the Second Age, a sorceress was sent to prison by a military court for a crime she didn’t commit. Together with four friends, she promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Gaia underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem,
if no one else can help,
and if you can find them,
maybe you can hire…
The G-Team!

Comment by Queenie Capria on the page Shadowdancers 032:

“you will now be humiliated” the same thing my dad says every time he’s about to meet a new boyfriend of mine..
But of course a polite trap announces itself.

Comment by VIS on the page Shadowdancers 061:

Yes, Ilias. She doesn’t intend to invite anyone else.

Just you.

And her.

In that shack…

Oh my.

Comment by auron on the page Shadowdancers 065:

Viviana: teach me how to drive the rainbow road
Gradus: you seem to think your invincible

Looking for guest art!

We need to build a larger buffer of finished pages, so Gaia won’t be updated during two weeks in January 2013.

To fill the gap, we’re looking for Gaia guest art!

Guest art must feature at least one character who has appeared in Gaia so far.

The artwork will be published on the Gaia homepage in place of a normal comic page. It will stay online for two or three days, so it will be seen by at least 10,000 different visitors. After that, it will be moved to the (not yet existing) “Artwork” page on our website.

You should send the finished image to

If your guest art is drawn digitally, I would prefer if you send it to me in its original size in a lossless format (for example PNG without reduced color depth). If your guest art is drawn on paper and then scanned in, you should send me a cleaned version of reasonable size in a lossless format.

I will add a copyright notice with your name and website (if you have one) at the bottom of the image. This copyright notice will be more prominent than the one we usually use. Your name and website will also be added to the description area below the image. Your website has to be rated USK-16 (suitable for teenagers) or less. This excludes any sort of pornographic and extremely violent content. The website does not have to be a webcomic site; it could also be a blog, gallery, etc. You can include a short description of your webcomic/website.

Scan the world with your Kinect

… Or with your ASUS Xtion:

The 3D App Center by FARO! - Stand-Alone Apps - FARO - SCENECT

As you may know I work as a software developer for FARO Technologies. We recently released a Windows application called SCENECT that can be used to create point clouds of the environment while using a Kinect or Xtion as “camera”. The software was well received by professional operators of 3D tools, and is available for free in FARO’s application store. There are also plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube, e.g. about creating a polygon model out of your point cloud. There’s also an interesting thread in the laser scanning forum that features several cool scan projects and advanced scanning techniques. Kudos to my colleagues Rasmus Debitsch and Gerrit Hillebrand who are the main developers of SCENECT.

Meanwhile, we also released the new versions of our main application SCENE 5.1, which is used to process and visualize point clouds gathered with our Focus 3D laser scanner, and its associated web viewer SCENE WebShare 5.1. The new WebShare version was mainly developed by me, by the way. You can have a look at it on our official SCENE WebShare server:

SCENE WebShare

Minor website improvements

Today I worked on the website and removed commented out or unnecessary elements. I also replaced some database calls with hard-coded HTML to reduce the server load. The webpages should load slightly faster now. One always has to look that a website doesn’t become cluttered because more and more stuff is added to it.

My major ad provider will probably release asynchronous ads soon which should further increase the website speed.