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January 9, 2013


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ALWAYS SIGN YOUR WORK and other stuff

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:38 AM

Hi folks. I was gonna make this journal sooner or later, but there's not a more appropriate time than NOW, when my 'Sorry we're closed'… artwork got posted on 9gag right ! Not only did the person not credit the artist or link it to my page or whatever, they even changed the title of this artwork to 'S**t Happens'. Come on man... WHAT ALSO sucks is that back then I had a different logo, its like that box with a thunder symbol on it, it doesn't have my username on it either... so people could just look at that picture and have no idea who drew it. I mean this artwork is OLD.. like more than 2 years old.. so I was still new to how the internet works when it comes to sharing. So now this 9gag post gets like 16k of likes and over 500k of views and I don't get a single credit. *Flips a table*. Remember how I endlessly praised Joss Whedon a couple of weeks ago because not only did he repost my work on his facebook page, but he also clearly credited the artist with an actual link to my facebook fan page, now THATS the proper way to do things.

Now for you guys, so you don't make the same mistake I did. And don't think to yourself 'Oh my work isn't good enough for people to share anyway.' *slaps your face* LISTEN, this is the internet, people can share things with a single click of a button. Sure there is no controlling of what people share. SO THATS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

-SIGN YOUR WORK! Always sign your work, and if you can please also make it visible and readable, if your name is Ry-Spirit, you write Ry-Spirit, dont just sign it with a Ry. Cos imagine if someone wants to find out more about the artist and just type in Ry in google, what would they find? I just tried, first result is a Dermalogica Skin Care product on Totally irrelavent to me, do I look like I need skin care? However if they type in Ry-Spirit, it would lead them to the appropriate pages. Which leads me to the next point....

-USE THE SAME NAME IN WHATEVER PAGES YOU ARE ON! If you are on multiple website like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Youtube, MyFace, MyDick or watever. Use the same name. So they all link to each other and people know you are the same person. Another reason being it doesn't make it easy for someone to remember both your nicnames ok? It also prevents confusion amongs people, like they might see an image on MrButtFace's Tumblr, then see it again in MrBumCheek's Deviantart and thinks its a stolen piece, only to find out later in embarrassment that MrButtFace and MrBumCheeks is in fact one person who just felt like having a different name for fun. Bad idea.

-DO NOT ALLOW DOWNLOAD! The thing about Deviantart is when you upload something, the 'Allow download of original (full-sized) image' box gets ticked by default. So if you upload a massive file and have that box ticked? People will be able to get the full size resolution pic down to every bloody pixel. They can then print it off and sell it in shops and conventions without you knowing they are making money off your hard work. Yo good luck with that buddy! So my suggestion is to always tick the box off, or upload a smaller version, if its a portrait artwork, i suggest to have the width set to 600px to 900px. So that even if people try to steal it, they will get the pixelated version and only you yourself has the high resolution file.

-ALL THOSE LEGAL CREATIVE COMMONS MUMBLE JUMBLE ACTUALLY MATTERS! You know after you upload an image on deviantart and on the bottom of the submission page there's an optional Creative Commons box you can click on? ALWAYS CLICK IT! It only takes a few seconds but it can save you legal troubles in the future, trust me I have used those legal shit to defend my work many times. After you click on it, you will be given three options which by default should all be set to 'no'. I suggest you read through what happens when you turn those 'no' to 'yes'. pretty much by ticking the appropriate boxes to it will put a legal mark on your work. You can choose to allow people to reuse your work for commercial purposes if you are feeling generous, you can even not allow people to share you work if you don't want it. For me personally (And if you wanna follow my ways) is to tick ONLY the first option to yes. So the 'Use a Creative Commons License?', turn that to yes. In simple words people can share your work on the internet but they must credit you, they are not allowed to sell it in any ways, they are also not allowed to change your image (like adding their own ugly logo on top of your work, or cutting out your name down the bottom, or adding sparkles etc). If they don't follow these rules, they are doing something illegal. Sure people can still get away with it, they can just hide in their closet and never come out again, but the law is on your side and you should take it.

There you go, I am still a bit pissed off MANY people don't credit me when they share my work, but sometimes its not neccersarily their fault, its like chinese whispers, maybe the first few person who shared my work credited me, then a person shared the image again on another site, then people grabbed the image off that site and eventually I am not longer credited. Thats why you should always have your username on your artworks.. noticed how I always put my logo and username on the bottom of every artwork I do? Its for reason like this. OK? Good keep that in mind, play the game more professionally. Ry-Spirit cares.

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aka-daifuku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O thank you for sharing your experience~ ;__;
I'm not in the least knowledgeable about this since I tend to draw/paint traditionally these days and not go on dA at all...
MaewRS Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some of my fan arts had been shared a lot in the Facebook universe although I had put my watermark in the middle of them. :hmm:
Worse than that, I've just found one of my fan arts is on the mug in some FB page today. I doubt that it could be made for sale. -_-
That one is made on about 5-6 years ago and I had put my old watermark that was too small and somewhat hard to be seen....yeah, that was my mistake. ^^;

I'll be more careful on newer works, thanks for the advice and sharing the story. :D
Gee-94 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey thanks! I needed to know some of that stuff. I'm always afraid of someone taking credit to some of my work, and although it has not happened (at least to my knowledge) I should start taking precautions now.
Rusty-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sometimes I want to put watermarks of my works because I have 3 other accounts on other sites.
I'll be putting the Creative commons on my artworks now.
NingNinja Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey Ry, can I just ask, how do you go about applying copyright stuff when it includes other copyrighted material? eg, Pokemon.

I'm considering registering to an official copyright company thing, and I'm doubting they will back me up if my drawing/painting contains a Pikachu etc.
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well that comes down to the question of what makes a fan art and what makes a copy of the original. Fan art is one's creative input into something existing, so I strongly believe to make it obvious that its a fan art, you should have your own style and your own ideas put into it. Take my 'Sorry we're Closed' artwork for example, you do not see that situation happening in the anime or games, so in a way its kinda like a parody, like satire, it is what I the artist think would happen if the Pokemon Center closes down. If you are applying for a job that wants you to show some concept art or watever, i strongly advice you put some original stuff in there. for reasons like you have a creative mind and doesn't have to have some famous franchises to expand on. like you have your own worlds and characters that you created. at least i think thats what you are asking for the official copyright company thing.. lol
NingNinja Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the help. :)

To make sure I fully understand, I probably won't get copyright protection if it's a flat out sketch of a Pokemon, but I would get copyright protection if it is in a creative scene and some of the artists ideas are part of the work. Right?
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
im still a lil confused.. pretty much if u drew it and posted it here on DA, then its protected.
NingNinja Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, ok, thank you. :)
Qtsy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you for this! I know little about copyright and this was helpful. I just finished changing the copyright on all of my pictures.
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