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(cross-posted to all the places)
Hallo!

I just have a "public service announcement" type thing regarding my art - and everyone's art, for that matter. No matter who it is, where they're from, or how popular they are. The message is this: IF YOU REPOST SOMEONE'S ART ANYWHERE, CREDIT IT AND DON'T EDIT IT.

I've had a LOT of people reposting my art with no credit at all, editing my pictures for icons/profile pictures/simply removing the signature, and impersonating me and claiming my characters as theirs. My main problem seems to be with Facebook, but this is not okay anywhere at any time.

I understand that a lot of people put time and work into collecting and putting together image collections. I understand that they do this because they really like the art. It can be flattering when people want to share your art with others because they like it and think it is worth being seen by others. It is not flattering, however, when people post the art without giving credit to the person that has done all the original work. If you really like the art and want to share it, then make a way for people to know WHO drew it, so that they can find more as well as give the artist the exposure they deserve. It takes a mere few minutes to post a picture to a site, but it may take hours or days for the artist to create that picture. Don't you think they deserve to be given credit for all that hard work?

There are copyright laws yes, even on the internet. But on a personal level, I've been drawing and struggling with it for 20 years and I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into my work. It makes me very very upset and stressed when people repost my art and characters with absolutely no way to trace it back to me. Along the way, there have been some people who think I'm a terrible, horrible, mean person who goes around looking for pictures to report. For the record, this is not true. I don't LIKE when my art is reposted (at all) especially without credit, but I have never gone looking for images, and I hatehatehate having to report them. But there have been many instances where uncredited art has been brought to my attention, and my response is that I WILL report the image if it is not linked back me - or I'll at least ask the person to remove the image(s). I LOVE that people like my art, I really truly do. But if it's posted and not linked back to me, how am I supposed to know that people like it? How will they find more? If you repost art without sharing the artist, or edit their hard work, you're really only hurting the artist even if you genuinely love what they do. It takes just a moment of your time to show respect by linking for the hours of time an artist spent creating something appealing.

Another common problem is finding the image in outside galleries and continuing to perpetuate the problem by sharing sourceless art. If you found an image outside a personal gallery and don't know whose it is, reverse search it. If you don't know what that means, Google it. There are many different sites to do this, and you can even use Google itself (Just go to the image section, and click on the little camera. Upload or link the image URL and it will try to find that image.) It's really an incredibly simple thing to do. In the end, if you just link back to the artist on pictures, it will make everything easier for everyone.

As for characters and impersonation, this is just hurtful. I love my characters and I identify with them. I'm sure you wouldn't like if someone took something that you owned and loved, and said it was theirs all over the internet. Or if someone pretended to be you and said horrible things about people and made you look bad. It's the same thing, so please don't use characters that don't belong to you. It's not hard to make your own. The best rule to go by: If there is already art of it, it probably belongs to someone.

So please. Please make it all simpler for artists and admirers everywhere, and link back to artists if you repost art. We'll all really appreciate it.

-Nix

P.S. -- I know people are probably going to argue about this....I'm not arguing it, and I probably won't reply at all because I don't want to start anything. My deal is simply this: link back to me and don't claim my characters/impersonate me, and I'll leave you be.
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:icontungstenartist:
tungstenartist Jul 27, 2013
would be honoured if anyone impersonated my art and or style. I do it all the time and nobody has every slapped my hands.
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AlliNix Jul 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'm not talking about style or anything like that, i'm talking about actually taking the art or characters and claiming them
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CaseyDecker Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Believe me, I've once noticed that someone alter my artwork and post it on here without my permission, which was just terrible to know, especially when that person was able to alter my artwork it in a way that was meant to insult me, such as having the characters in the pictures mention that I'm a pedophile (which, of course, I am not) or even having the characters getting killed and/or mutilated in a violent manner. After letting everyone else know about what happened, I made sure that nothing like that ever happened to a talented artist such as myself.
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DreamsinScarEden Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well you should argue it Nix, it's nothing out of the question.  An artist's art is their life, no one has any right to toss it around without your feelings considered.  If anything at least you can vent about it and have more than few sympathetic ears ;)
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dardyone Jul 18, 2013  Student Photographer
i support this, i dont really post anything im here for the show but i hate to see people taking credit for others work.

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TribalBluePichu Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to agree with all of this. I go on a chat site where there are plenty of furries, and they near never credit people for their image. As someone who has commission every single picture of their character (and linked back to each artist who drew them in my gallery) it really annoys me to no end. It doesn't cost much, or take much, to be original. I may not have the art skills myself, but I at least respect the time and effort people have put in to make sure my character looks bloody awesome.
/halfasleeprantover
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:iconkizziesama:
... You're bad for reporting people who steal your work? What kind of effed up logic is that they're coming up with? :no: Hell, I'll admit that when I find a stolen image in a gallery, I will stalk around and see if I find other stolen images (and sadly, I normally do), and I report the crap out of them, with links, proof, etc. My policy is simply this (and everyone's policy should be this way): If you didn't make it, and you can't prove you have permission to use it, you don't post it, you don't touch it. Link to it, sure, but don't just go on posting it, more so without crediting it. In some cases, crediting isn't even enough. :shrug: Don't know why everyone thinks every site is some kind of photo dump of things you like, or things you found on Google (as if Google = public domain).

Sorry, got ranty in there :lol:
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:iconbellathekid269:
Totally agree I try really herd to give as much credit to the original artist and so far at least I think no one has done this to me.
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Sorvanis Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope people will take the time to read this through.

.. sort off topic, but on a side note, I love the picture you have in your journal posts lol.
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AlliNix Jul 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
me too x.x

and thanks! i love her arts ^_^
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