Remember kiddies, just because its on the net, doesn’t make it free. If you think that you can do what you’re doing without consequences, than are you in for a treat!
1. You are breaking the sites rules and terms of agreement (You can be suspended or permanently banned.
2. It’s actually illegal, you you heard right!, ILLEGAL to post art without the artist agreement, and if you’re selling it, my god have mercy on you soul.
3. This kind of behaviour will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Nobody wants to hire a known thief. NOBODY. Art industry or retail or otherwise, that record gonna look even worse when you say ‘Oh it was only for a RPG and everyone was just overreacting’ I can guarantee it’s not. Nobody is gonna care, the only thing they’ll care about, is the theft is in bold print on that record and that they way you handled it was less than desirable.
Just because you can’t physical hold (At least until it’s printed) do not mean it’s not property. Theft is theft. End. Of. Story.
(Reblogging this again; and I might just keep reblogging it until the Earth explodes.
Once upon a time, on my personal blog, I reblogged and added a short rant to a post about tattoo theft. This was not some horrifying case where somebody cut a tattoo off someone’s body, but they did find the image online, take it to their own (considerably lower quality) tattoo parlor and have it redone without the creator’s or the owner’s permission. This is basically the same as art theft online, only worse, because that work is permanent. It can’t be deleted or taken down from a site.
Shortly after posting my rant, I received an angry message, either from the person who stole the work or from one of their friends. They told me that I was being ignorant and stupid and said, and I quote: ‘Don’t you realize that once art is uploaded to the internet, it no longer belongs to you?’
CHEESE AND RICE, SOMEBODY ACTUALLY SAID THAT TO ME.
According to this logic:
- Once you bring a piece of traditional art outside of your house or into a public area, it is no longer yours.
- Once you write a story and post it on your blog it is no longer yours.
- Once you publish a book and other people purchase and read it the text is no longer yours. It belongs to them because they saw it.
- If you say or do anything, that word or action instantly becomes the intellectual property of anybody who feels they are entitled to it for some reason.
This is such incorrect thinking on so many levels. I spent hours on my art. It is mine. I took a photograph. It is mine. I wrote a story. It is mine. You are not entitled to keep it or use it for your own gain simply because I uploaded it to the world wide web -the only place you can put anything where it can be seen these days.
With this attitude you suggest that artists should either be happy to have their basic rights of ownership trampled, or give up on their future success entirely, since the only option you give them to prevent their art being stolen is to not present it to society at all.
So everybody, please reblog messages like this about art theft as often as you can. We are people. We deserve to be able to share our work without the risk of it being stolen or posted elsewhere without our knowledge or permission. We have the right to have everybody know who exactly did that awesome picture, whenever they see it anywhere on the internet. We have the right to be respected.)
If someone pays for artwork (i.e. commssions paid with RL moneyz) by a person, is that someone allowed to share it openly on social networking sites etc, with or without the artists credited? (God forbid anyone not crediting the artists, since they do fab jobs.)