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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