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Journal Entry: Sat Jul 5, 2014, 12:30 PM


Hi pals!

 

I get many questions from people who want to use my photos somehow – I state they need my permission, but I am too busy to answer their notes and comments at the same time. Very stupid situation that is in fact a trap for all those who are polite and really ask for permission :(

 

That’s why I decided to create some general rules.
And to make it user friendly, I chose the form of questions and answers.
I hope they fit any situation you might think about, but if you get any idea, please, do not hesitate to comment!

 

Those rules will be also on the main page of my account and I will link to them through every of my new deviations :D

 

 

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RULES FOR USING MY WORK

 

The main rule is: ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT.

Even if I do not like what people did with my work, I will always treat them nicely when they at least tried to somehow credit me. On the contrary, I will always hunt down people who repost / use my shots without at least an attempt to show that it is my work.


How to give credit? Probably the best way is something like “Original (link to original photo) taken by woxys." But “original by woxys” is fair enough. For people who use my art outside of DA, please, always use a full link to my account “Photo belongs to Woxys: www.woxys.deviantart.com”. The link to particular original photo would be appreciated.


Other rule: never cut my signature, please. Cutting my signature is allowed only in situation 8 :)

 

1) Can I use your photos as a drawing / painting / sculpture reference?

Yes, you definitely can! I am always pleased when other artists use my photos as an inspiration for their own art. So just give me a credit and send me a link to your final work. I will fav it ;) I usually consider such inspired art to be the property of the author who referenced (especially when he/she use my art just to find out how to draw details, like paws of the foxes), but rather contact me before commercial use. But in 99 % cases it would be fine :)

 

2) Can I use your photos for photomanipulations and brushing?

Yes, you can. Again, credit me and send me a link to your work, so I can fav it. In this case, the commercial use of such modified photos might be problematic, so always contact me before you plan to sell your work. If I see there is just a minor change (especially kids love to modify just the colour of the animal’s eyes), I would not be happy if you were selling such art.

 

3a) Can I use your art for any commercial purpose? For commercial purpose, I mean: a logo of a company or any other business, a poster, a motive for ANY thing which is for sold/sell, simply any use that might generate profit, even secondary (a logo, a cover for a book, blah blah blah….). Even if this is just "referenced" - like for example using my photo of a leopard and turning it into a STYLIZED logo/graphic or a T-shirt design / puzzle design.

No, you can not use it for profit without my written permission. I do allow people to use my work for commercial purpose under some condition, but it is always non-exclusive right (so I am still allowed to use and sell my photos). It is always a pleasure for me that somebody wants to use my art and if we finally make a deal! But sorry, I want money. I am too poor to just give my photos away ;) there are only two subjects which might get my photos for free and I would deal with them on particular issues. Thanks for understanding.

 
3b) What about dA commisions? Can I use your photos in that way?
In this case, contact me, please, I will do my best to help :) 



4) Can I use your photos on Facebook / Twitter / any other social network?

I am very happy and grateful when people SHARE my work. That’s the point – if you want to use my work on Facebook and other similar social sites, please, always SHARE, never repost. Simply share a link, never download my photo, uploading it in your own gallery. After all, it would be against rules of Facebook if you do that. Please, try to consider how original artists feel when they see Facebook accounts posting their art, which gets hundreds of shares so original artists totally lose control over their own original creation. The same applies to site like “Pinterest”, “Tumbr” , “We heart it” and other similar pages. I hate them. I hate them with passion.




5) Can I use your photos for my school work/project like a presentation about some animal species which needs some illustrative images?

Yes, you can. Please, do not forget to give me a credit. The rule is the same: “Photos belong to Woxys (Woxys.deviantart.com)”.

 

6) Can I use your photos for a blog / my site?

I am not very happy about ANY reposting of my work, but I understand many people love to write articles about animals and so and they are not able to complete them with their own photos, while I am lucky to be able to snap animals. So yes, you can use them, but ALWAYS give credit, please. And NEVER cut my signature - this rule is especially important when it comes to posting my shots outside of DA. And it would be very appreciated if you stated that nobody else is allowed to take those photos from YOUR blog/site for other use. Also, please consider the number of photos you use for such purpose. Up to 10 would be nice ;)

 

7) Can I use your photos for a roleplay?

This does not make me happy at all, but… yes, you can. But please, up to three photos and always give credit. And I would appreciate if you did not cut my signature. There is also a great site for free role play photos! => www.dawnthieves.de/Web/index.p…

 

8) Can I use your photo for an avatar / Facebook icon?

For avatar here on dA: yes, you can, just give me credit and make the photo some 200x200 px small.

For Facebook: only if you upload it as 50x50 px version. Also, please, give credit.

For Facebook Timeline motive: you can upload only it that size which is required by Facebook itself for such motive and please, put a “Woxys” sign on that photo and give credit, please.

In this case, you might cut a signature, because it would make a total mess in such a tiny picture :)

 

9) Am I allowed to use your calendars and free wallpapers?

As it is also clearly written in the terms of use, both wallpapers and calendars are only and ONLY for privat use, you might also send a link to a friend or print it for a friend. You must not upload it anywhere else, you must not repost it, you must not sell it and you must not sell / repost / upload particular images of the calendar.

 

10) Am I allowed to print your photos?

Yes, but only for private use like decorating your room walls :) the same rule applies to downloading photos, setting them as wallpaper. Private use for one computer is ok. Downloading the photo and sending it to your friend, who would not even know me so he would upload it on some “free wallpaper website” definitely IS NOT ok ;)

 
11) I used dA's Premium content, paying you some points for download. So now I own that photo and I can do anything I want with it, even sell it, right?

Definitely no, it is just for private use. Even DA states that - all my premium content deviations are under "personal/non profit use agreement". You definitely can not gain any photo for your own commercial profit for paying just 100 points (1 USD), sorry :(


 12) Would you send me a bigger size of the photo in your gallery?
Sorry... I do not like doing this :( at first - making the picture smaller is the first thing I do when I start editing. So I would had need to edit it once more. Also, I simply would not feel comfortable giving original size of the photo from my hands, especially when there is just a SMALLER version in my gallery. I can imagine only sending a large, but partly cropped version of the photo, but it would be full of WOXYS WOXYS WOXYS WOXYS WOXYS watermarks. Sorry, I really apologize, but art-thieves made me paranoid that much.



I have stated it many times, but I would like everybody to understand why I am so “hysterical” about such “give me credit”, “do not repost on Facebook” rules.

 

So: if you post art of original artists, let’s call him Mr. Goose, without credit, people have no chance to understand it is not your original work. They have no chance to recognize Mr. Goose as an original author, asking him if they can use his art. Instead, they would take the photo from you. Sharing it on Facebook. In this moment, Mr. Goose is already unhappy, because he’s totally lost any control over his work. Some rude persons even use it for profit, other persons even enter photo competitions with his work and he has only a tiny chance to prove HE is the only person who owns rights for the photo. People even upload his photos on Wikipedia under Free Commons, so much more people even feel free and allowed to use those shots! Mr. Goose feels helpless to see his photos reposted on Facebook with thousands of “likes” and he knows that because of sharing, he now has absolutely NO control over his work and to influence what happens with his property.

And you know what happens finally? Mr. Goose is attacked by people, who state it was HIM who stole the art. When he says “No, I am the one who originally took the photo”, everybody laughs at him, saying that this photo is everywhere on the web.

 

Do you think I am hysterical? I have already seen original artists whose art have been posted many times being accused of stealing, having many hateful comments on their site. Even my own friends had to defend themselves when they entered a competition, some lady found their photos ilegally reposted on some blog and then accused my friends from stealing. We go to ZOOs, we have to wake up at 6 AM to bring photos, we pay for journey, we pay entrance fee, we stay many hours wainting for the right pose, we spend 6 hours in a bus to be able to upload our shots on dA. We do not deserve to get into a situation when we need to prove it was us who really took those photos, not just some thieves.

And I have already gone through a wonderful site with 500 000 fans which kept posting my photos and when I politely asked it to remove my property, the owner of the account sent all half million fans to troll me. My site was full of such hateful comments, because people followed like some sheep. But I’ve managed (together with other DA artists whose art was stolen) to delete that site. But I do not want to go through this again. It was such an injustice it was even painful, I remember how I was trembling with anger and sadness and a strong feeling of injustice.

 

So: I know I am lucky to see and photograph so many animals. I know many people are not that lucky and I want to enable them to enjoy a part of my luck. But please, when you use my work, be fair. I am doing my best to be honest (that such use usually make me nervous), but I am trying to be as tolerant as I feel comfortable. I am trying to be fair, please, be fair too.

 

Thank you for respecting those rules :heart:

 

And if you do not, I will send my daemon psychic fennec fox to hunt you down! :laughing:



 



 

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:icontalonsofcreativity:
TalonsOfCreativity Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god you are the best photographer I've seen. keep up the good work!
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:iconfabeltier:
Fabeltier Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I just discovered your amazing work and I´m utterly thrilled about it.  I`m a german artist,  looking for photo references to train my animal drawing and painting skills, and found a treasure here!  I´m so immensely lucky that you have the generosity to allow other artists to use your fantastic pictures. That´s no matter of course, and is really appreciated. Thank you sooo much for that! Heart 
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
my pleasure, thank you for nice words :aww:
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:iconcarolynmccully:
CarolynMcCully Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018   Traditional Artist
Many thanks, it is always wonderful when photographers allow artists use of their images, good references are incredibly hard to find and if your camera skills aren't too great or you are not in a place where you can access your chosen subject it can be frustrating. Many thanks again.
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:iconwingwolfly:
wingwolfly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
I am working on drawing prints to try to make a little money on the side and I was wondering if I could use some of your photo's as reference. I will credit you on the drawing, have a link in the description to your deviantart (if the site allows me to), and I can show you the finished product if you like.
Thank you for your time. 
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
sure, you can! :D
If you sell it for a million, don't forget to share a deal! :giggle: :D :D

Good luck!
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:iconwingwolfly:
wingwolfly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
Thank you! 

(It would be very cool if that happened)
Thanks Again!
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:iconnitty-kitty:
Nitty-Kitty Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Don't know how I didn't see this before! I hope you pardon my note asking permission :D
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
no prob :D
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:iconeponas:
Eponas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just want to give a massive thank you for allowing people to use your photos as reference. I have just saved a massive amount to my reference folder and really look forward to using them and they will be a massive help now that I am trying to make my style more realistic :D 
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
:hug:
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:iconbeckykidus:
BeckyKidus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just to be sure - I sometimes sell my drawings (traditional drawings - nothing digital). Would I be able to use your photos as references and be able to sell my work? I will only sell the original drawing, no prints or such things.
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
that's np problem :nod:
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:iconphoxatol:
Phoxatol Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I work as an artist for a website  (virtual petsite) and it has been my task to create a new background for it. May I use the tiger in this fantastic shot as a reference for a pose (for one of the site's own creatures)? I am horrible at coming up with positions for a character to be in, ahaha. >.<
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
hi, if it is just a reference, then it is ok :D
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:iconrebeccam-art:
RebeccaM-Art Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I have sent you a couple notes regarding a question about using your images as a reference. I sent these quite awhile ago, so I'm wondering if you'd prefer to chat on a comment here or through the notes?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Hi, I apologize, sometime I get awfully busy and have no time to answer. I allow people to use my photos for reference, even if they sell their own original creations.
But if they sell some art for 1 million USD, I welcome when they drop few bucks :giggle:
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:iconrebeccam-art:
RebeccaM-Art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thank you for replying :). If it does sell I wouldn't mind sending some of the money your way to support your beautiful photography :). Would it be ok if I offered prints through my Society6 once I finish it?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
no prob, please can you just show me a link, so I can have a look? :D
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:iconrebeccam-art:
RebeccaM-Art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! I haven't finished it yet, but it's almost done :D
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:icondust-moon:
Dust-Moon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Am i allowed to use a photo of yours as my desktop computer sceen? nothing elseVulpix 
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
yes :)
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:icondust-moon:
Dust-Moon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you
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:iconart-it-art:
art-it-art Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
hi Woxy, wonderful photos! I had read your rules.
I am a pastel artist from germany. Can i use your Photos as a reference for my pastel paintings?
Sometimes I sell my paintings, of course I will show your link to your page as the ref. Photographer.
best wishes Carmen

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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
hi, thank you and yes, you can, enjoy your work! :D
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:iconart-it-art:
art-it-art Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much woxys :-)
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:iconcerberuswarczenie:
Cerberuswarczenie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be clear , we don't have to ask permission first as long as we credit you properly?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
yes, if you don't use the art for commercial purpose. If you sell your photo manips, or inspired art or you want to use my shots for any graphic design with commercial value (e.g. logo of the company), I prefer a deal. And sometime also some reward, but only when it comes to commercial use :D
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OrangeRoom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
13) may I steal your art? :rofl:
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
:giggle:

Hi pal, what about dolphins in Zoo Moscow, are they back?
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:iconorangeroom:
OrangeRoom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm afraid no. it was closed in 2014 as far as I remember and I haven't heard about opening it back sadly =(
But I finally was able to go to the zoo!!! I was so glad to get there again! Sadly it become much more crowded and much more expensive. Sun was very bright and it was veeeeery hot day (bad day for photos =( ) Cuz of it I've messed up with cheetah and lynx photos. Was able to make one tiger shot, but not sure if I want to submit it to my gallery Untitled by OrangeRoom
But there are some good things - I've made some new photos! have you seen my Raccoon Gang? quite proud of them.
Also there'll be fox, bear and shaved couple of european wofs photos. But haven't had time to post-process them *sigh*

And how are you dear?
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:iconthe-traveler-735:
The-Traveler-735 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I have a question...

I am planning on entering an art contest and I would like to use one of your photos as a reference. Just a reference, I will put on the back that you, the photographer, own the photo that I used as reference and I will put your deviant art account name thing on the back of the painting as well, so everyone will know and it won't just be word of mouth.

Is this okay? I don't know if this is considered commercial use and I would never say that I took the photo. (If it happened to me, I would be angered to no end as well.)

Please let me know of your response, I will be perfectly fine with any answer that you give me and I will respect it.
Thank you!
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:iconjackewa:
Jackewa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! I really loove your art, all pictures are amazing and gosh, I love your shots from the wolfes! ;w; 
I really like your journal, it clears up a lot for me and thats awesome!
But I got one or two questions. 
I really love some poses and I really would love to use them for as a stock (Because I suck in drawing wolfes....) 
Am I allowed to do this? And if yes: Am I allowed to do this for friends? To draw their characters? 
What if they give me points for this? Would it be fair to share them with you? For usage of your photos? 
I know I ask a lot and sorry for the bothering.. But I really would love to know about this.
And shall I give you points when I gift a piece of art with your photo as stock on it? I am confused and I fear that I could make you angry.... thats why I want to ask you first. 
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:iconwerewolf28081999:
werewolf28081999 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Ok. Got it. if I use your photos I have to have written permission. And give you credit.They're all out to get me...
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:iconbigpolarfox:
BigPolarFox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Hmm... This'means that my as.... I mean my tail in the same danger :paranoid: I do not use any Wmarks =O.o=
Wait - there's a photo uploadin' data on dA. It can't be lower on stolen photos, right? So, this'can be a proof.
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:iconninatiels:
NinaTiels Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
I love that fennec!!!
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:iconthrumyeye:
thrumyeye Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
You're smart... :D Great article, hopefully it will help..!
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
thank you, I hope so :giggle:
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2015  Professional Writer
I like these rules because they're not unreasonable. They protect your work, while at the same time, allowing others to use it under certain conditions. I'm sorry art thieves gave you such a hard time, that sucks. 

I see a lot of photos of yours that I'd like to use for references but I stopped asking because I didn't want to bother you all the time. I always makes sure that I credit for everything I use in my work, it's really important. And I sometimes just draw on a whim, so waiting for a reply takes a while, and sometimes I would ask and then end up not using it at all and then feel super awkward and not want to ask again for a different photo. ^^; Antisocial me, haha... ;P 

So anyway... Thanks for making these rules. :heart: It clears up a lot. Your work is beautiful and you are awesome. :D 
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
thanks for lovely feedback and enjoy making your art :hug:
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Writer
Ahh it's no problems, thank you for making such lovely art. Your work is getting better all the time and it's so professional. You are truly an exceptional photographer. 
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Shaymina Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I got one question,
<----In this DA spot I would like to use one of your photos (until I make a good one myself)
but where shall I put the credit text?
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
into the description of the photo :D like this person for example:

The Galaxy's Ocean by seasparkle-lioness
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:iconshaymina:
Shaymina Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Well I understand the part then using the photo in art and such, then its plenty of space to write on uploaded things bellow =)
But I meant if I use a 200x200 pic into an avatar (not much space there) is it a good way writing creds or do I need to upload it in my gallery and then credit there and after that put it up as a small avatar?
Hope you understand my question and sorry for all of my questioning I just want to do it right and I didn't felt like I found the answer in the journal =P
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
haha, no prob, thanks for asking :D

do I need to upload it in my gallery and then credit there ----  I think this would be the most fair way :D
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Alexandoria Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this journal already and it didn't quite answer my question.

If I use your pictures, like.. several of them, (one for maybe paws, one for colors, one for light, maybe even more, or even just for correct anatomy, and often combined with other peoples refs as well) for an art piece, can I then use it commercially? As in prints of my art or a commission?
Obviously, it will look nothing like any specific photo and credit will be given at any point in time, commercial or non commercial.

Would this be a fair case?
I just don't want to use them, if i'm not sure on your rules ^^
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:iconwoxys:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
hi, if you use them just as a ref for paws, ears or colour, then you can surelly use it commerically :D
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:iconalexandoria:
Alexandoria Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! That cleared it up a lot! ^^
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Humble-Ravenwolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Thank you for writing the rules, I'll follow them to the letter... and here the link btw the way to the
link to the drawing I was working on, once again thank you ^_^
 My Fursona 3.5 (No Music) by HumbleNoleWolf
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