It's not a bug, it's a feature!
I got a whole bunch of tweets and emails today linking me to this blog post about a smartphone app that is ripping off a whole bunch of webcomics
, including my own.
Here's the problem, in a nutshell: they are taking my comics, which I put up on the internet for free, and attempting to make their own money off of them by charging people for an app that is essentially a glorified RSS scraper. It's not stealing money directly out of my pocket, but it's still some form of theft, of that I'm sure. And of course it's being done without my permission.
This isn't the first time someone's written an app or coded a website that does this sort of thing, and it probably won't be the last. But I want to state here, for the record, that I think this sort of thing is awful and will never, ever grant permission for my work to be used in this way. So if you see an app or a website that is using QC strips in this manner, be assured that it is without my permission. And please let me know about them so I can contact the creators and have my work removed. I never would have heard of this if it weren't for you guys.
And a note to anyone considering doing this kind of thing themselves: it is stealing
. It is not okay to take someone else's work and sell it without their permission. Don't do it. Everyone will hate you.
The main thing this has taught me is that I need some sort of official QC app for smartphones. I'll look into it.