I have to say, one of the things I enjoyed most about deviantART in the past few years is that it is the only
place on the internet where my coding endeavors can be translated into real art. I've never been much for drawing, painting, or any of the conventional artistic mediums, but coding's always come natural, and this place has given me an outlet like no other, and for that I am ever grateful.
Though I usually forget to say it, all of my code is CC Sharealike Non-Commercial, meaning you can use whatever you want, however you want, so long as yours is free for the taking as well, and that you don't try to sell it or otherwise pass it off as your own.
I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of open source coding, but that doesn't mean I think it's for everyone. As I said before, I consider it an art form, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. As such, I feel it deserves the exact same treatment, rights, and respect every other form of art on this site is awarded. Indeed, even the court of law holds this view, as copyrights also cover source code.
A recent incident involving a CSS journal template has come to my attention. A user has taken someone else's CSS code, replaced a few images, and tried to pass the template off as their own (initially without even a lick of credit, though some is given now). The artist whose code was stolen as reported the incident (twice!) and in both instances the report was marked as "Invalid - No Action Taken."
This is a travesty. It is theft, just like any other, and this violation of law and site policy must
be taken seriously.
At the moment, I am willing to believe this is a misunderstanding. The C&E administrator may not have had knowledge of code and related copyright laws, and may not have been able to determine the nature of the theft. Toward that end, I will concede the administration 24 hours to respond to the incident with no less than an open dialog between themselves and the artist whose work was stolen.
If this issue is not resolved or at least on its way toward a resolution at the end of those 24 hours, I will remove every bit of code I have
from this site and elsewhere.
Programmers are artists, too.