All stock on this account, unless stated otherwise by us on the work itself (or unless this message is updated by us to say otherwise), is made available under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license (full legal text is available here creativecommons.org/licenses/b… ), with the following altercations:
- Works that used this stock as references, which are original content and not copies of these stock images, can be distributed commercially, without attribution, and without the 'share-alike' restrictions, even if they would otherwise fall under the definition of being an "Adaptation" as per the license.*
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- No adaptation works from these stock images that a reasonable person would agree could be called a 'base' (i.e. drawings/images of generic humanoids without significant distinguishing features) may be produced.
Attribution is to be done in the following manner:
- The url to the specific deviation(s) of the stock used is to be written.
- The attribution is to be in a notice clearly visible next to the adaptation or work (if used in a collection), in a way that is obviously in-association with the adaptation/work - if space constraints prohibit placing the full attribution next to the adaptation/work, you may use a small reference to some other location that is going to be freely available and equally accessible to everyone viewing the adaptation/work, as the adaptation/work itself. (For deviantArt, artist comments will typically be sufficient to fulfill this condition, so long as the attribution is made in clearly legible font, no smaller than the default text size [the text size that would be produced for text with no size-altering formatting done to it].)
- The attribution must not be placed in the middle or end of other text in such a way that a reasonable person would think that most people are likely to miss it. This criteria includes, but isn't limited to, the fact that you must have a good faith belief that the typical viewers of your art aren't likely to "tl;dr" your description before reaching the attribution.
If you have any questions, or wish to request any exceptions to these criteria, feel free to contact us.
*If the work:
A. Only used the stock as a general/loose reference
B. Is otherwise entirely original
(That is to say, the stock was used to understand how the body might move or operate in a given position/motion, but the actual work was made without copying, tracing, or otherwise replicating or attempting to replicate a part of the stock, even if it's in a different style)
A. The resulting work can be distributed commercially (sold, etc)
B. Attribution is not necessary.
The intent behind that clause is more or less to allow people who produce essentially entirely original work, who just needed a general reference on some body position/shape, to distribute their work as they normally would without having to give attribution or miss out on potential sales on a technicality.
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1. You gave credit for the stock by linking to that stock (for example in the description of the book or in the book itself) ("attribution")
2. You weren't trying/hoping/intending to make a profit from the book sales ("non-commercial")
3. Your book, or at least just the cover itself, was offered for everyone else to use under these same terms ("share-alike")
However, we do often make exceptions for people. The biggest exception is made for people who simply use the stock for anatomy reference, and don't just trace or photo-manip the stock - so if that's how you used our stock (you simply drew hands while occasionally looking at the stock, rather than tracing over it), then none of the above three points apply to you.
But if you do trace and/or photo-manip our stock images, then talk to us in more detail about what you're trying to do: if you explain your situation to us we may give you a more limited exception for your use of our stock specifically (for example, we may be willing to waive the "non-commercial" and/or "share-alike" clauses, depending on what the book you're doing is, how much you're expecting to be able to make off of it, etc).