Tracing IS legal. Sort of.Don't get your panties in a knot.
We all hear the tooting of angry horns around here about the recent "defining" of traced artwork on dA. Some of you reading this right now are probably groaning in your chair about how much this is "blasphemy" and "contradictory to the spirit of artwork and community" and blah blah blah.
fourteenthstar mentioned that they have a lawyer. A very good lawyer. And that this lawyer had gone over, in depth, the issue of tracing and told them that it was perfectly legal for users to upload traced artwork to dA. So I did some sleuthing of my own on copyright laws, their protections, and violations to find out what was true and what was hearsay. Here's a tidbit of what I found:
While copyright law makes it technically illegal to reproduce almost any new creative work (other than under fair use) without permission, if the work is unregistered and has no real commercial value, it gets very little protection. The author in this case can sue for an injunction again
Also, check out this website I created for our community of Visionary, Surreal and Fantastic Realist Artists - VISIONARY ART EXHIBITION - it has several great blogs and features under one roof! The image below is one of the headers of the site (it links to our Home Page), it is the detail of a painting by one of our network members, Wolfgang Harms - Blogs are: ARCHAIC VISIONS - DREAMS & DIVINITIES - VISIONARY COMMUNITY BLOG - FEATURED ARTWORK