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Artist Rights by taruto Artist Rights by taruto
:llama: READ ME! If you do not support the complete message of this stamp then, I urge you, PLEASE DO NOT add this stamp to your favourites!

Get permission before using any creative work that is not your own. Crediting or disclaiming IS NOT permission.


What's this About?

You don't feel bad using someone else's pretty photo or kawaii anime artwork for your graphic design? Because it's copying, not stealing? Right? But you're not just making a copy of the file! You're leeching off someone else's talent without them knowing!

Artists have the same intellectual property rights online as they do in real life. And just because it's easy to get away with it on the internet, doesn't mean it's ok to do!

IT FEELS GOOD to know people want to use your artwork for a web/graphic design. But it's annoying to have it done without your awareness.

Ask permission! Communicate! Make an artist happy knowing you like their work! Make yourself happy knowing the artist is ok with you've done with their work!



:bulletorange: Purchasing a book, game, music or DVD, does not grant you the right to copy its content online. These products come with a license limiting what you can do with them. Often the author states inside the cover they do not want you re-using their work!

:bulletorange: Crediting or disclaiming does not equal permission. It doesn't clear you of doing anything wrong.

:bulletorange: "Credit to whoever" or "this isn't mine, I found it on the internet", is not the correct source to credit. Also, it doesn't help anyone - you might as well say nothing.

:bulletorange: "Credit goes to Google" or "Credit goes to -xyz- scans gallery", is not the correct source to credit.

:bulletorange: You are not allowed to put "Copyright (c) Me" on something you upload to the internet if it's mostly made from other people's work.


Getting Permission is Not Difficult

If you can take an hour to create a wallpaper or something, surely you can spend 5 minutes sending an email or letter asking permission.


Thank You All!

I wish to thank all the people who do the right thing. :) And hope that you set a good example for everyone else.

Subscribers: You have permission to display this stamp in your journal! Everyone else: Feel free to +fav and show this stamp anywhere!


Further Reading

As you can see, copyright and artist rights are important to a lot of people:

10 Big Myths about copyright explained
Copyright: Fair Use and the Most Common Misconceptions of Copyright Law
Copyright Violations
Internet Law (BitLaw)
Copyrights and Wrongs for Typography
Electronic Piracy
What is Copyright Protection?
Copyright - Wikipedia
Online Fanarts Protection - Not being able to communicate with artists is no excuse to steal!


deviantART's Submission Policies! :faq:

FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #572: What does deviantART consider "Fan Art" to be?
FAQ #578: What does deviantART consider to be a proper desktop screenshot?
FAQ #614: What can I use for music tracks and sound effects in my animation or film?

:D Feel free to show this stamp in your journal (if you're a subscriber) or anywhere. :D

Revised on 2/October/2014.
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Ahmadx1x1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Scared to ask, and I'm not a copyright supporter because people don't realize is that people might have the same idea, that why you shouldn't copyight.  
Everyone has the same idea (Respect Copies) by Ahmadx1x1

Sorry if I offended you with bold letters but it's a serious problem.
Anonymous404unknown Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
Tortive Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
If I REALLY want to do my own version of a picture, I ask.

I recently did a redraw of one of my sister's pictures because I told her I could draw it better than she did. It was a challenge. To even it out, my sister agreed to (eventually) redraw a a deviation of mine she chooses.
Smokepaw922 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Using this in my description
Sandy--Sketch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
Heartcrocher Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017
Thanks, great stamp.
brigetmiget Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i always ask the artist before hand and i dont draw the pic until i get an awnser i totaly agree with this 
Galactivon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yeah putting this in my descriptions. Gonan be using this.
muffinpolice Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will definitely be putting this on my description
karogfineart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
I'd like to use this, I hope, you won't mind. :blush:
Norabattleblood Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand this
Jencity Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Writer
This is going in the description of every deviation from now on.
SpyroAndCynder48 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand the concept
MarianneGentry Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Thank you very much for this resource!  I'll surely be putting it on my submissions when I put more up.
littlesplashdog Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YayFluttershy04 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how do I use?
mlpcupcakescareme Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Go to thumb, and embed the thumb in your page. c:
YayFluttershy04 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
oh thank you
mlpcupcakescareme Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
ArtofAnnRavenshield Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this. I am sharing it as I am sick of unauthorised "derivative works" and other rights infringements. So this means alot. :heart:
taruto Featured By Owner Edited Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was something that used to enrage me, but sometimes I have to give people the benefit of the doubt. No, often someone doesn't mean to be hurtful by saying, "copyright someone not me".

I don't understand how people can miss the fact that the kawaii picture they found on Google was made by an artist who put years of skill and effort into the piece. I don't understand it, but it happens anyway. It's really no use to yell at these people and call them names because they don't know any better. However, if it's laziness, then that's absolutely no excuse.

The point is, I would feel gutted if I displayed some of my own beautiful artwork on the internet, and it was given the caption, "image copyright to Google".
Sparkledfox Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this!~ <3 I'm using it~
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I guess it was mainly Japanese companies it is being done with so they don't usually worry...that latest one even ripped off Disney (no credit given for wreck it ralph) though lol the thieves are doomed I hope...
Even if the company doesn't care stuff like this makes me not want to do it at all...Guess I'll be a big unpopular but meh better that and a real artist than a sorta sell out and encouraging this sort of thing because that will make big companies try to bring up things similar to SOPA again..Don't get why these guys don't realize this. =/
taruto Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Asian countries are fairly loose about intellectual property rights. That's how artists can get away with selling doujinshi (fan comics) for profit. It's not that they don't care, it's just that the policy seems alien to them. At least they use their own original artwork and acknowledge the original authors.

What annoys me is people who sell t-shirts/buttons/etc on ebay or wherever using someone else's art. It's just that they've put no effort at all into the creative work. They just find an image on Google and *bam* profit! "Thank you Google!" They say.

Also, I'm fine with someone tracing/copying/etc as a learning tool. It's when they wave it around saying, "Look what I made!" (as if it's a completely new thing) and not acknowledging the original creator, that's crossing a line. It's not really breaking a law, but it's treating the original creator as if they don't exist.
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok...Thanks for letting me know what it means. Yeah I can see saying look at my original masterpiece when it was yours if you found it being so annoying especially when others assume it was theirs. Had that problem in spore long ago >< at least they didn't make money though. I don't like fan art sales because it confuses new people and seems to attract other sorts of art thieves in places besides here *glares at blatant facebook game* lol maybe I'll play it to figure out how that is happening. -.- Disney even on there geez. I think the credit must be in game somewhere or they would have already been taken down.
If I find these other things ever happening I will unwatch too.
PandoraTheDragon Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i hate it when people on spore steal my things >:I
taruto Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Spore is a bit of a haven for copy-cats. I don't know if it's possible to fully own something you create on Spore.
PandoraTheDragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess :I
Now i can't log into my account and so i can't even check whether my creations were stolen or not >:I
taruto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
More reasons why I don't play Spore! Shrug 
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The selling trademarked and copyrighted content part is what I really disagree with frankly I'd be worried about being taken to court myself for selling or buying this stuff but I've seen people do this here that are even popular o.o; Ugh that bothers me but eh it's their life and their risk to take but don't think it's a good idea....Even a game company did this lately with big companies and small artists grrr.
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this. I just wouldn't feel morally right taking someone's picture and tracing and coloring over it and then posting it like my own saying this is so and so's but hope it's ok...Even a big company so I hope people don't ask to buy fanart type stuff from me...Unless the artists give permission somehow like in the reference section and even then I usually just practiced without posting because I like to get a feel for how to draw something then try my own take on it from another angle or something to see if I've gotten better...Think that's a better way to do things and it just looks better but can see how this is very good practice when beginning art or trying something you don't draw at all normally to draw from photos...But I don't really consider the result to be art more like practice/getting a feel for it if that makes sense. I'm going to use this on my Id. =)
Wisp-Night Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice deviation, I'm going to use it on my page ^o^. Thank you ~ .
breakability Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
using~ thanks
anxiri Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Photographer
Used it on my "front page"(dA-ID), thank you so much for creating it :hug:
ArtofAnnRavenshield Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've used your stamp! Thank you so much! :)
Warao Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I used your stamp~ ^v^ Thank you very much~
jonatav007 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! Im using this stamp! Im glad this stamp Exist!!!
PissedArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I used your stamp ^^ thank you ^^
lightfallprince93 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
[link] thank you for your passion and integrity in creating art featured here!
RazielientAngel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi I used your stamp :3 Thankyou for making it !
Alantka Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used =3 Thank you so :heart:
ncpendergast Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very true. And don't forget all those fancy licenses besides full copyright. Just because something has a (cc) (or any other type of license) on it rather than a (c), it's not up for grabs just like that either.
Bestestcat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
May I use the stamp in my descriptions?
taruto Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do! :)
Bestestcat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^-//
CaptainCandyHeart Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome stamp :3
TheOracleDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Support, great stamp!
kaylee12345 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
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