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ART! NEEDS! FREEDOM!! (Imagine this shout in the classic THIS! IS! SPARTA!!-mode ;-) )

If you look on the Community News on DA you will find countless articles and rants about art theft and copyright violations and get countless of tricks and tips how you can watermark and protect your work, how you can report copyright infringements to the DA-staff, how you can... how you can.... It's seems to be a profession of a lot of people to write such articles frequently on the DA-News.

Isn't this a little bit paradox? On the one side, artists want to be seen here with her works, on the other side you found so many works with a bunch of copyright-markings, watermarks and long, menacing threats what measurements the copyright-holder will take against thieves who dare to download and spread their works.

You are afraid that some evil guy can steal your works and claim that he was the original creator? How long can he hold this claim? As fast as ideas being spread on the WWW, as fast there will be always someone who know, or find out quickly, who is the original artist and an art thief will have only a short stay with his claim!

I have none of this problems, because i put my works under the "Creative Commons" (CC) license, or, to be more specific, under CC-BY-SA, because i think, art needs freedom, needs to flow, being copied, spreaded, shared, distributed, used, mixed, re-mixed, inspiring others!

Sounds weird? But why? Otherwise you put your art in the chains of all the laws and legal restrictions that are defended and supported mainly by the big thrusts and companies, by the music-industry, the hollywood-studios, by the one who always want money and claim "Thats mine!!" The one, who sue you for hundred-thousands or even millions of dollars compensation fees because you had downloaded a half dozen songs from the WWW or put a part of your favorite movie in youtube!
If your art is really good (mine is not ;-) ) you will always stay busy in crying "art theft!" and fighting agains windmills in search for illegal copies of your works on other websides. For every copy and thief you found, hundreds would be still unseen remain on the WWW. The WWW was build to spread and share ideas and information! So what did you expect? That you can still hold the total control over a work, that you have uploaded on the WWW? Art basing on a digital media isn't longer unique. It isn't like the original Mona Lisa in the Louvre, every download is an "original" too.
And if you want to made money with your art, i din't think, that a copy of your work on another website or as a desktop-background on someone computer would diminsh your incomes of selling your art. Download it and creating a high-quality print of it in a print-shop would cost the same as if your order a print of it directly on the DA-printshop.

So why not try to do it in a different way? Apart from the old fashioned, sluggish and lumbering copyright-laws from the old, analog world?

The most important is: With using a CC-license, you don't give up your copyright! It's the other way round: Without the traditional copyright-laws the CC-licenses wouldn't work! It's a kind of "plug in" for the traditional copyright: With a CC-license you can give your work some direct and flexible "build-in-permissions" for other people. You still hold all the copyrights on your works!

You can choose what shall be allowed for others to do with your work. BY is for mentioning the creator of the work, NC says, not for commercial uses, ND for no derivative works allowed, SA is for "Same Attributes" and means, that a derivative work that based on your work must be set under the same CC-license of the original work again... SA is IMHO one of the most important attributes in the system of CC-licenses and good chance to inspire other artists and to increase the pool of CC-licensed works, isn't it?

I set my works under CC-BY-SA, the SA-attribute avoids that someone can exploit your works for commercial uses and claiming that he is the only one who is allowed to use it, but he can still use it for commercial purposes... The SA said, he must set his derivative work under the SA-attribute again for free use by others too! This license is very similar to the GNU-GPL-license for open source software, like LINUX, GIMP, Blender etc. and it's derivatives.

And using the CC-BY-SA allowing me to use the whole stock of thousands of pictures, photos etc. of the Wikimedia Commons for my works too, because Wikipedia use the CC-BY-SA too!

The complete infos about CC-licenses you can found at: Creative Commons

And here is a very good article about why you should avoid to use the NC-restriction on you CC-licenses (pdf-file). And it's a good article to read more about the spirit of Creative Commons too.

Use the CC-licenses, you can simply choose it when you upload new works on DA or changing it from "Copyright by..." to "Some rights reserved" of the Creative Commons on already uploaded works! DA have already a function for doing this. Be bold! Set your works free! Art needs freedom, not restrictions! Jump into the pool of Creative Commons! Take out what you need and put in what you want!

P.S. This stamp wasn't created to to encourage art-thieves! Respect copyrights! It was created to encourage more artists to jump into the Creative Commons-pool!
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courage-and-feith's avatar
Aaand that's why I gave up on Copyright as well: it's a broken, butched "tool" which favors the likes of Disney and Nintendo, and a perfect excuse for creating a "monopoly" of sorts in the entertainment industry.

Even the head of the Copyright Office admits that Copyright nowadays is a shadow of what it used to be.

Just search "copyright is broken" on Google and you'll get results like this one.

So yeah, great stamp! :D
WaWor's avatar
Couldn't have said it any better.
Internetexplorer968's avatar
yellow-submarine7's avatar
I love CC-BY!!!
But, in france, our politics our stupid, our minister want to tax creative commons!!! Soooo stupid...
ancestorsrelic's avatar
Taxing CC-works? How is this possible? :confused: I think, if i create a work it is absolutely my decison what i want to do with it. Claiming the normal copyright (that happens automatically, as the creator you have the rights) or publish it under CC, GNU, OpenArts etc. or spread is as Public Domain etc.
yellow-submarine7's avatar
they're just searching money. But you can't tax free, it is not?
KonwhaldAndDrowette's avatar
...Tiens donc ^^
We meet again, YS =)
yellow-submarine7's avatar
busangane's avatar
This is great!
ancestorsrelic's avatar
kaaslave's avatar
I, too, support CC! :D (With proper respect to copyrights, of course.)
Dark-Scratcher's avatar
>>>...there will be always someone who know, or find out quickly, who is the original artist...

No :no: It's true only for popular artists. Artists who don't have army of fans can count only on themselves. This is thing which will never change.

Personally I don't care about CC or (C) - as long as people leave proper credits, don't claim it as their own and discuss commercial use with original author, I am cool with sharing and using (all forms of art). Art is created for sharing - everybody has right to enjoy it.


this stamp [link] makes fun of all those ignorant people who say "You're not authorized to use this work/No stealing!!!!!!!!!!/ Steal and DIE!/ Don't use without my permission." etc. :greetings:
shrewmania's avatar
I just saw said stamp; it's amusing.
ShariCampbell's avatar
I concur. I only put my URL on my pictures, very minimalisticly, because I WANT people to follow my creative commons. And, if someone uses it somewhere else, and someone sees it and likes it they know where to find it! :D
shrewmania's avatar
That's what I've noticed; the more a work is spread out, the harder it is to plagiarize; take the Mona Lisa for example. And prior to the notion of "intellectual property", there was still a lot of creativity (ex: Shakespeare, da Vinci, traditional Chinese art, etc) while people had the freedom to remix and share it. I've also noticed the paradox that you mention in your opening statements as well. In any case, it's good to see that not everyone on dA are "copyright maximalists" :meditation:

I support creative commons over traditional copyright restrictions myself. :aww:

(I also disagree with the whole "copying is stealing" idea, at least when there's no deliberate plagiarism, but that's another matter for another time)
ancestorsrelic's avatar
Thanks for the support :bow:
shrewmania's avatar
(PS: Where I said, "at least when there's no plagiarism", I meant to add "or other certain situations")
Scorpianato's avatar
Man this is great, absoultely what we need to move forward on this site and KEEP ENJOYING ART(I didn't say make because...I'm a terrible person, that doesn't stop me from being happy or dancing


YelloFox's avatar
The reason I like CC is because I have an active imagination for music. And I want people to remix it!

I just wish I could post my music on dA...:doh:
dranak's avatar
I'm very glad to find someone who agrees and took the time to write all this to explain your point. :handshake:
Too bad those who spend their time fearing "Art theft" will probably not read it...
Funny thing, creative commons is also a thing my music band and I are fighting for in the music industry... Music and songs should be shared and should circulate, be remixed and re-interpreted, as long as the original idea is credited. :D
Mari-Paletta's avatar
One thing is for sure, you'll never see me without a Creative Commons license. [link]
Jillianimal's avatar
I always use CC. I don't like art theft, but it seems like a lot of people here get WAY to wound up about everything. It's like holding your creation in prison.
Duzloo's avatar
Wenn ich was nicht unter falschen Namen sehen will - Bäm - Watermark! So einfach ist das :D
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