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Silver Sentinel by MorganDonovan Silver Sentinel :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 3 0 Dangerzone by MorganDonovan Dangerzone :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 3 0 Roadrage by MorganDonovan Roadrage :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 4 4 Another Bridge idea by MorganDonovan Another Bridge idea :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 13 7 Cartier class bridge by MorganDonovan Cartier class bridge :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 12 7 More Connie Tinkering by MorganDonovan More Connie Tinkering :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 11 8 Transwarp Connie variant by MorganDonovan Transwarp Connie variant :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 14 2 Cartier Class Survey Cruiser (2nd alternate) by MorganDonovan Cartier Class Survey Cruiser (2nd alternate) :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 12 1 Cartier Class Survey Cruiser (alternate) by MorganDonovan Cartier Class Survey Cruiser (alternate) :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 19 3 Nurnberg class tactical cruiser by MorganDonovan Nurnberg class tactical cruiser :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 17 20 Another Connie Bridge by MorganDonovan Another Connie Bridge :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 15 2 One more new Connie by MorganDonovan One more new Connie :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 14 7 Centurion-class warbird by MorganDonovan Centurion-class warbird :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 7 0 Alternate Enterprise by MorganDonovan Alternate Enterprise :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 17 12 The Phantom Cruiser by MorganDonovan The Phantom Cruiser :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 9 0 Zashal Class VII light cruiser by MorganDonovan Zashal Class VII light cruiser :iconmorgandonovan:MorganDonovan 6 0


Heavy Cruiser - Yamamoto Class by Kelso323 Heavy Cruiser - Yamamoto Class :iconkelso323:Kelso323 29 21 Tactical Cruiser - S'Kara Class by Kelso323 Tactical Cruiser - S'Kara Class :iconkelso323:Kelso323 39 23 Judge Dredd (DC Universe Online) by Macgyver75 Judge Dredd (DC Universe Online) :iconmacgyver75:Macgyver75 53 20 Cobra Commander (DC Universe Online) by Macgyver75 Cobra Commander (DC Universe Online) :iconmacgyver75:Macgyver75 21 8 Nightwing (DC Universe Online) by Macgyver75 Nightwing (DC Universe Online) :iconmacgyver75:Macgyver75 37 5 Robocop (DC Universe Online) by Macgyver75 Robocop (DC Universe Online) :iconmacgyver75:Macgyver75 21 6 Snake Eyes (DC Universe Online) by Macgyver75 Snake Eyes (DC Universe Online) :iconmacgyver75:Macgyver75 25 16 USS Dobrovolsky Bridge by Rekkert USS Dobrovolsky Bridge :iconrekkert:Rekkert 61 6 U.S.S. Defender Bridge 1 by calamitySi U.S.S. Defender Bridge 1 :iconcalamitysi:calamitySi 80 3 U.S.S. Defender Bridge 2 by calamitySi U.S.S. Defender Bridge 2 :iconcalamitysi:calamitySi 76 0 In the Wind by Laticis In the Wind :iconlaticis:Laticis 336 95 Darla Make Over by Laticis Darla Make Over :iconlaticis:Laticis 364 106 Darla at the Beach by Laticis Darla at the Beach :iconlaticis:Laticis 457 48 Victoria in Form by Laticis Victoria in Form :iconlaticis:Laticis 3,226 329 USS Potemkin Bridge Cutaway by Rekkert USS Potemkin Bridge Cutaway :iconrekkert:Rekkert 42 22 Ambassador-Class Mk II (WIP) by captDLangston Ambassador-Class Mk II (WIP) :iconcaptdlangston:captDLangston 18 8
Outrage has erupted over Disney's monitization of the Vader fanfilm, much like that which erupted over CBS' lawsuit over Star Trek: Axanar.  There has been much chest thumping about "fan's rights" and "corporate greed" and a general sense of "how dare "they"?!?"

It's really simple: "they" are the owners.  We fan artists have a bad habit of mistaking the forbearance of IP rights holders as an abandonment of their legal rights under US and international law.  Put simply: all fanart is infringement. Every pin up. Every fan-design starship. Every new Bridge. Every film. Every fanfiction.

Fanart operates at the tolerance of the businesses that legally hold the IP rights.  For many years, there has been a "gentlemens' agreement" that let fan artists operate within an understood set of rules as to what could and could not be done.  The First Commandment of Fan Artists is: Thou ShalL Not Make Money.  This is the Commandment that Alec Peters broke with Ares/Axanar Studios.  This is the Commandment that the guy behind the Vader fanfilm looked like he was edging up on violating.  This is the Commandment that every artist who accepts paid "commissions" while working with other people's IPs is violating.  (Full disclosure, I have, on one or two occasions, been tempted to pay for a commissioned piece of fanart, though I have never actually done so.)

I could carry on for several more paragraphs about this, but I think I have made my point clear.  To sum up: Their sandbox. Their toys. Their rules.  We are guests in their intellectual houses.  Please let us not become obnoxious ones that get thrown out permanently.


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nichodo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
I just made the Section 31 Galaxy class that will be using your Dark Galaxy Bridge :D
MorganDonovan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019
Kelso323 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2018
The SFCorpsofEngineers has been reestablished, I invite you to join the group as assist our efforts to bring it back to its former status.
nichodo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I see you finally found a Avatar
MorganDonovan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018
yeah. finally picked one
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