There are two things I wish to mention. For the one related strictly to this group, please proceed to the bottom of this journal.
Lately there's been yet another big art thieving site signal boost some of you may be familiar with. As the issue seems to be resolved now, I won't mention the site's name and whereabouts. I will however describe the overall issue.
There are many roleplaying communities around the internet, and in many different language sites and in different countries as well. Role playing is a global hobby people enjoy and sometimes they wish to "make" an image of the character they created and use for roleplaying purposes. This is where the trouble starts.
Many people simply "borrow" artwork found via google, regardless whether it's from deviantart, furaffinity, pixiv, nabyn or anywhere else. And even if some decent players check whether the images are free to use or not, many don't do that, simply because of laziness, lack of knowledge or simple rush, to create the character they wish to play as.
It's harmful for the owners of the art and the artists, as many of them feel like being robbed of their hard work, espcially when someone crops their piece, adds some writing on it or simply the rp character's name. And even if many and more of more decent ro sites underline the need to add the source and author of the images used, and also require showing certan permissions as proof, many forget about that or simply rely on the word of their users, who not always are true to their words.
Internet is a big community. We've started using a nice term of "global village" not too long ago, keeping in mind we can no longer ignore the effect of globalisation and the impact the world wide web has on us and our lives.
I tried to educate, advise rp'ers, report thieving sites, explain the copyright laws to the "masses", produce many drafts for foreigners so that they would be able to report sites and blogs on their own. I can say I'm proud of what I and countless other members of AntyCopy
achieved, but as the time went on, I had less and less time to take care both of the goal and the group.
created her own group, Roleplay-Support
. It's goal is to collect all artists and separate them into certain lists, so that others would know whether they are ok with their art being used for roleplay purposes, or not. She also collects free linearts and base images so that people would be able to edit and create images of their characters as well.
This is the reason I'm writing this journal: I wish to invite you and take a look at that group, and if you can, state your mind on the usage of your art there. It would be very, very helpful for our cause. The internet is a big place, it's easy to find a website that contains art, but it's a lot harder to determine whether the members of such website have the permission to use the images, it's also easy to cause harm to legit sites that use only images by artists that are ok with others using them.
Also, please do repost this journal or link it somewhere, so that it would reach others on this site.
As stated in the upper section of this journal, I also wish to make an important statement about this group. I'm very ashamed to say I've been neglecting AC for a very long time now, the lists remain not up to date, many a report have been only akcnowledged, but never acted on. I wish to say that I'm sincerely sorry for this state of things, I kept telling myself that it's ok to make choices, and my choice I made years ago was that I would keep my mind on my education - which profited - but thus I've neglected this group and many loyal members. People loyal to the cause of stopping art theft in the world wide web. It's an insult to your dedication to your cause and involvement.
This is why I wish to announce that we will be adding many new people to the group's staff, namely people wishing to help and donate their time, and most importantly, those, who have the time to run such group and help with maintaining it.
Therefore, I kindly ask all the staff members to state whether they are still active or not - in case there is no reply for a month since this journal is published, inactive staff members will be relieved of their work and the vacant places that are produced this way will be give to active deviants willing to help.
My only requirements (except you having time) is that you're a patient person that does not get easily involved in dramas and word fights, and you're at least of an age of 16, and preferable even 18 and above. This is to make sure you will act in a mature way in contact with art theft. Remember, we're all humans, and everyone deserves respect.