Even though the issue with the art thieves is not yet resolved, I got a few messages that made me think this post might be useful/necessary for all you artists out there. It’s just a short summary but hopefully it will clear up some questions.
What’s copyrighted on the internet?
Almost everything is copyrighted. The moment a person creates, they own the rights to whatever they created, be it art, writing, photography, design etc. (exception: Work made for hire and others listed below.)
What can I use?
•Everything you make yourself.
•Things the creator explicitly encourages to use or share. (No comment, note or reply does NOT mean it’s okay to use!)
•”Free art”. There’s specific websites that offer art for free use. make sure it’s trustworthy and not a scam. (stock, textures, photoshop brushes are very popular to offer for free)
• art you purchased the rights/licence to.
• Public domain. (Rights have EXPIRED. Example: Works of Shakespeare, Beethoven. Does not mean things that are publicly available on google!)
Sharing my work (careful: every artist is different!)
• sharing my stuff is okay, as long as my website/watermark/signature is not removed and the image is not tampered with in any way.
• an extra link back is highly appreciated
• Please do not use my art in any controversial context (politics, ideologies, religion etc) without getting my permission.
• asking beforehand for permission is really polite and appreciated!
• art is used in ads, promotion, print, and sold, or used to make sales. (all commercial uses are illegal)
• art is modified and tampered with. (watermark slapped on/removed/image is traced)
• artist is not credited, or credit (a link in description for example) is removed. This is not theft per say, but highly disrespectful. It makes the image get lost on the internet and is the reason people like to give the excuse “But I found it on Google!”
Remember also that you always keep ALL your rights to your work unless you write/sign a contract and give away or sell your rights to someone.
Hope this helps some of you out there. Know your rights!
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I got another question regarding the selling of fanart which I thought is worth mentioning as well.
Most fanart is, once you sell it, a copyright infringement as you are using intellectual property of someone else to make money (aka: theft).
Many companies however, see fanart as free advertisement, tolerate it, and as a result, the trend of drawing and selling fanart at cons and online has become very popular.
But some companies do send out a cease and desist, and they are completely in the right when they do. If this happens, you should remove those works immediately.
So I’m thinking of trying out a new lifestyle choice called “The Modern American College Student”.
It’s where I live inside a box just off of campus and hunt sewer rats for food.
Do you know what I’m not going to miss when I transfer to university full time, getting sick four weeks into the semester because my younger brother doesn’t know how to cover his mouth when he sneezes or how to throw away his used tissues. I’m also not going to miss my parents deciding to fumigate the house on a whim over the weekend leaving me unable to do any of my homework or study for exams.
To all the people who complain about having letters from the English alphabet added into math equations…..Just wait until you get to the level where they start including parts of the Greek alphabet as well. That’s when it really start to be a bitch.
THE HIIILLLLS ARE ALLIIIIVE
WITH MY UNFINISHED ARRRRTWOOOORK
AND WITH FICS I HAVEN’T UPDATED
IN A THOUSAND YEEEEEEEARS
THE HILLS FILL MY HARD DRIIIIVE
WITH UNFINISHED AAAAAAAARTWOOOOOORKS
My tumblr account turned one today….Do you know what this means? This means my tumblr birthday is the same day as international bacon day.
In other news my room is a lot cleaner now that I have about seven textbooks in the recycling bin instead of sitting on my desk.
Of the nine college textbooks I have one can no longer be bought back because the edition is too out of date. One is a custom edition for the school that it no longer uses so I can’t sell that one anywhere. Four sustained severe water damage after the end of the semester because my brother owns a stupid dog. And one book is only being bought back for $2. Of those nine textbooks I have two that are still in good condition that can actually be traded in, however of those two I can’t trade in the more expensive one because even though I never had to use the book for the class I had to use the access code to be able to get into the class assignments.
Basically what I’m saying is….Fuck the textbook system in college because out of the over $2000 worth of textbooks I have had to buy I can only get about $45 back. So I’m not only tens of thousands of dollars in debt for just having to pay for tuition and fees, but I’m only getting just over 2% of my money back for ridiculously expensive textbooks.