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Art thiefs and the Internet

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 3, 2010, 10:52 AM
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This is just one of the many artist I've been watching lately who have had thiefs take their beautiful artwork and in one day or another started proffiting from it. One even states that they got it from the free image search "Google images" and threatned here with lawyers and other rubbish. They even go so far as calling DA a website for beginner artists where you can find the trash of the artworld..... This just makes me sad. The internet is a wonderful thing and a GREAT way to market yourself if your an artist. You can get your art to reach people way across the world and that way reach a larger population hen you could in your home country. By means of the internet you can create items with your artwork, create online stores to sell and ship out items from your home or even take drawing commissions from people, something a person from a tiny little place in no where has a hard time doing in the "real world".
But... even with these wonderful possibilities you still always risk that certain someone that thinks that if something is on the internet then it is fair game and he can go out, happy go lucky, and make a fortune if he wants to with it. That its the artist own fault of putting it there for him to take. Sure, we artist TRY to prevent this by labeling our artwork with copyright signs, our own logos and who knows what else but then they only try to erase those to replace with their own. This depresses me to no end. I keep on wondering if I shouldn't just stop displaying my artwork online (unless tiny images on my portfolio) before anyone notices me and manages to steal my ideas and hard work..... That way I still enjoy my artwork at home without worrying someone will steal my ideas before I get a chance to make a living out of them.....

Perhaps I'm just feeling really down at the moment but perhaps I should just dissapear "offline" with my art like :iconevana: did.... get to work on my art in piece for me and my family to enjoy and not let it come near the internet. Perhaps my mental health will get some rest then.. I know my art isn't nearly good enough to catch anyones attention...but I aim to make a living out of my artwork so I gotta think ahead of what path I want to take.

What are your thoughts about art thiefs? Am I taking this too seriously?

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CrazyAndHyper Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
You art is great and I'm happy you decided to share it.

I totally feel what you are sayig with the "TINY PLACE" comment. Being from iceland too.

TT.TT

Art theives depress me too.

But they dig thier own graves in a way. Stealing other's art will not make them artists themselves. and If they pawn it off as tehir own, won't they get in trouble when asked to draw themselves?

Ekki fara, g myndi sakna n. :hug:
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Cilitra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Takk, mun lklega ekki htta hrna, bara essar plingar eru svo fastar mr. A ll vinnan sem g legg myndirnar mnar gtu enda bara hj einhverju ffli t heimi sem ntir sr r til a gra og stelur mnu tkifri til a nta etta sem atvinnu.

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CrazyAndHyper Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
getur skapa meira. Ffli getur a ekki. :heart:
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crimsonbro Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Sadly staying offline won't keep your work 'safe' :( I've seen people take a snapshot of some painting or whatnot, or a scan if it's in a magazine, then 'fix it up', slap it onto the net and there you go. Art thieves will always be around and always take credit from what they see and can take and change.

So...if you try hard to keep it offline it will make it harder for people to snatch, but some still will if they really want to though unless you only show it to friends and family, but then no one gets to see your work except the few that are close to you.

I know more than a few pros that post here, my friend for example :iconsandara: so it's just ignorant people that say dA is just an art dump site when we have a lot of people that are making their living off their art yet they post here.

Personally, in the end, I think it's better to keep posting anywhere you can to get whatever feedback you can and get your name out and around but also knowing that if someone is going to steal your work, they will regardless of it being on the net or not.

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Cilitra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, thats true. For an artist the internet is a great site to get your art known and I've noticed quite a few artist that have gotten GREAT job-opportunities by posting their art on DA.

The thiefs are everywhere, the best we can do is to mark our work, load small images and hope for the best. Thanks for the comment, helped calm me down :P
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hildur-k-o Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Cilitra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Frutillas Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
dA does have a reputation for terrible art--- go see the ED article. (SOME people are here for the art/opportunities, most are here to screw around. :/)

I don't think you're taking it too seriously--- the fact that you are taking it seriously means that you value your art and other people's art. And I think that the majority of art thieves are either "doing it for the lulz" or are stupid 12 year old kids. :/
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Cilitra Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but I do think that DA is with everyone, everyone from famous artist (the artist who helped draw Lilo and Stitch) to the little artist who had just started. I feel this community welcomes everyone, no matter who far along the artistic path you've gone. The reason I haven't joined other communities is because I feel some of are now such art snobs that you need to be GREAT to be able to share and tell your mind.

Thanks for answering, these thoughts have just been dwelling in my mind lately :)
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Frutillas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Aww... That's actually really sweet. :heart:
But you do have a point; dA's purpose is to help people and build a community. Some don't respect this like the art theives, but most do. :heart:
And, "you don't have to be a chef to know if what you're eating is good". The same applies for art. ;)

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