A creator on Patreon was recently “outed” that they were providing not just their own work to paying patrons, but a huge collection of commercial work culled from other creators and publishers that they would send their patrons out to “find” for them through various pirate sites. Even when these documents had clear copyright notices (and a great many did), they claimed that they thought the documents were creative commons releases, public domain, or that redistributing them for personal profit was legitimate “fair use”.
This Patreon campaign was pulled down for all of a few hours until the creator closed access to the massive collection of pirated material. Then it was immediately reinstated.
How far does a creator have to go to betray our trust and to sell our hard work for their own profit before they aren’t allowed back on the platform? How many times do we see threads here of creators complaining that their work is being redistributed on free sites? This is far worse, this is our content being redistributed via Patreon for a profit.