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Re:Rampant art 'theft' by Korean Drama site

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 22, 2012, 9:55 AM
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Playing: Kid Icarus: Uprising


Hey guys, I've been seeing a lot of outrage over a particular website* which appears to be a type of blog about Korean drama shows, but if you type your name in the search bar, your art from here on dA is displayed. A lot of people are angry that their art is being reposted, and I'll address that in a moment, but more importantly, I must warn that you SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY VISIT THE WEBSITE, because it is supposedly loaded with viruses and malware. Plus, typing your user name in the search bar also seems to be the trigger that CAUSES your art to be reposted. More info on that in this journal here: darlingmionette.deviantart.com…
*I won't type the URL, because it is supposedly rife with viruses, and I don't want any of my watchers' computers harmed.

Now to address those who have had their art reposted -

As I have told you guys many times, I found out from speaking with a lawyer on this subject that if you post artwork for free viewing on the internet, through galleries like deviantArt or Furaffinity, it is NOT illegal for another site or user to repost it on sites like Tumblr, or image collection sites. It ONLY becomes illegal in these instances:
1. You required a payment for people to view or use the artwork, and are losing money because it has been reposted for free.
2. The art has been altered in ANY way.
3. If the user is claiming to have drawn it, because this would be a case of identity theft.
4. If the user is posting the art on a website like deviantArt, where it is implied simply by their uploading it that they drew it. Even with a disclaimer like, "I didn't draw this!", it's still illegal, since dA's user policy states that all artwork uploaded must be your own.

It is not required even for people to ask your permission to repost your artwork, and they certainly don't even need to credit you. That would just be respectful courtesy, and some people don't have any concept of such a thing.

However, most LEGIT image collection sites WILL remove an image of yours if you ask - they tend to be very respectful to the artists, and I appreciate that. So before you jump down a site's throat for reposting your artwork, start by being rational, contacting the owner, and asking for it to be taken down. LEGALLY, THEY DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT DOWN! However, out of pure RESPECT, most of them will, which I think is completely awesome of them.
(For the record, the website we spoke about earlier is NOT a legit site, and is not only infecting computers, but also potentially making MONEY off searches for your art, which may or may not be illegal. So while some image collection websites are cool, some are just nasty.)

Now, the advice I will always until the end of time give all you artists out there. Since your artwork is almost guaranteed to be reposted at some point, without your permission, and perhaps even without your knowledge, you have two options:
1. Never post your artwork for free viewing on the internet again! ...But since that option sucks,
2. WATERMARK EVERYTHING YOU UPLOAD. EVERY. LAST. THING.

ALWAYS watermark your artwork, and include the URL to the gallery of your choice (mine are always watermarked with "nyaasu.deviantart.com") That way, WHEN (not if) your artwork gets reposted, viewers will ALWAYS know where to find you.

And if you're worried about the watermark being removed - if they do that, YOU HAVE A LEGAL CASE AND CAN SIC A LAWYER ON THEIR ASS. Satisfying, no?

So, the moral of the story is, as always, if you are uncomfortable with your art being reposted and you not recieving proper credit for it, WATERMARK IT. WATERMARK ALL THE THINGS.

Having your art reposted is an annoyance that won't be going away any time soon. So instead of being helpless about it, take action, and DEMAND proper credit, with a watermark!

Thanks for reading, guys, and good luck out there, all my fellow artists!

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Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
some things that I've commissioned have been reposted by I just add my own tags so they know it's mine (on booru sites). It's like free advertising. As long as proper credit is given and no altering I'm fine.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's how I see it, too. ESPECIALLY if there's a link back to yours.

It's different when someone else claims to have drawn it, which does still happen from time to time, but the "Hey look at this art!" stuff doesn't bother me at all. x3
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Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I'm a writer so it's a bit different for me. Sometimes I commission artwork of my characters and I've had people asking me if they can use them. I've had to turn them down because unless they know my characters as well as I do I can't permit them to be in another story. So far no one has tried to draw my characters without permission. Most of the reason I have a problem with it though is because I haven't put out enough material for people to really know who my characters are yet.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I understand. ...Well, kind of. I don't have any original stories/characters myself, but I can see how since they are yours, you would be nervous about letting people draw them who may not know enough about their personalities, etc.

I had SOMETHING awkward like that happen once, though. You know my shiba Sora? --> [link] ?
That's not exactly MY character, since it's, you know, Sora, from Kingdom Hearts. But over time, he's sort of begun to stand for me in my art, and so a lot of people who don't know Sora associate this character directly with me. Well, anyway, I once had someone asking me if they could draw THEIR character...uhhh, doing X-rated things with my shiba Sora. @_@ And that felt...well, awkward. Although I don't own Sora, or the concept of shiba inus, that character is somehow close to me, and to have him(/her*) drawn in porn, well...it's a bit odd. x3
*The person who wanted to draw it thought that it was a girl - and when he drew the art (he totally went through with it btw), he drew it as a female.) xD
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Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Wow that does sound awkward! LOL. Someone asked to draw me as my fursona and they never did but I was wondering what they were going to draw since I've never actually posted a full body pic or ref sheet of my fursona. That person would be the first if they did. my current fursona is rather new to me since I changed it last year. Well 2011 last year. Currently 5:16 PM Dec 31st here. I gave them permission though.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see! x3 Is your fursona what is depicted in your icon?
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addoggxx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
not cool at all!!!!!!!!!:objection: v2stop that thieves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Yes. there's a bigger version on my FA page.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's your FA again? x3
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Rutana Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Writer
As far as I'm aware (meaning reading it in another journal), it's nothing else but a (terrible) search engine. Like Google.
Just... Bad.... (instead of pictures from or for me, I got pictures of a "Rotana" product - whatever it is... XD which actually underlines this thesis)
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