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July 3, 2013


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Before reading on please bear in mind that this journal is not written in anger. It's where I stand on these particular issues. 
Please, try to have an open mind here and respect this journal as a statement, not a personal assault on someone/anyone. 
Also please refrain from posting comments about how stupid, immature, rude, selfish, crazy, dramatic this kind of journal is. 


Please stop stealing my characters, stop tracing my artwork, and stop copying my ideas and pawning them off as your own.

I realize I probably sound like an asshole but honestly I don't know how else to put it other than just flat out 'stop it'. I've tried to be nice and sugar coat it but that doesn't seem to work. Not ever watermarks and bold lettering do. But at least this way I can say I did say something about and if people don't listen I can point them here as proof. 
I also realize I probably sound like a typical 'stahp it gais' kind of artist but I don't really care. My artwork is something I enjoy and I love and I'm sorry if I'm not too fond of seeing duplicates or copies all over the place. I know it'll happen regardless of what I say but again, at least addressed the issue.

Now with that said, I'm all for being inspired by someone or asking them if you can have a take off their ideas and stuff but when you take something of theirs and just flat out copy it without any credit at all... that's just plain bullspit. 

Sorry, I don't mind if people enjoy my work but copying it and tracing it does not show appreciation at all, especially if you're claiming the work as your own and not even giving credit to where you copied from. 
More so if you're doing it on the same site you found the image you copied from. 

Come on guys, knock it off. 

Wouldn't you rather be known for YOUR ideas than those of another?

My artwork is not a learning tool. 
You'll only copying and duplicate my work's mistakes, flaws, and faults. 
Use photos or videos, not my artwork. 

If you love someone's artwork so much then it be THEIR artwork, not your personal colouring/tracing book. 
Loving someone's artwork doesn't entitle you to trace or copy things they do that you like. 
'Homage' or 'Fan art' isn't tracing someone's artwork and characters... Sorry, but it's not. 

My artwork is NOT line art and it's NOT a colouring book. 
Please stop treating it as such. 
Acid's design is not an open species -- Self's design is not an open species -- Morbius's design is not an open species. 
While I can't claim small individual parts of their design I can claim their designs as a whole. 

I have a huge watermark on my images for a reason, to tell you it's not for free use to be copied/traced/used for anything without my consent.

Please, stop it. 
I don't want to have to remove my personal characters form dA to spare them from being cloned or traced. 
Yes, I know it's the internet and everything is liable to be lifted at some point or another but for crap-sake... it's kind of sad when people on dA steal and post things back on dA... as if no one will notice... :no: 

Poses I'm not worried about. You want to draw your character standing in a pose similar or the same as one I did? Fine, but don't flat out trace the image or copy it as closed as possible to make it look the same. 
You're not flattering me by taking me stuff. 

Sorry to put up this rant but I post in big bold letters on my page my terms about artwork usage and some how people don't get it or they just don't care to read it. 
Then they get offended or mad when I ask them to take down the work they've stolen/traced/copied from me. 
I post that information for a reason, so people know what my terms are on outside usage of my artwork

Come on now, I know people can't be that darn blind that they don't notice the big bold lettering in their face saying 'Don't use my artwork for anything'
More so people who are members of dA... 
Anyone whose been on this site longer than a few months should know the terms and such of art theft and what it is/means. 
Don't play dumb about it. 
We all learn stealing is wrong from a young age so don't act like you didn't know taking something that isn't yours without permission is wrong. 
You're not an idiot so don't play that card. 

Just stop, ok? 
It's all I ask. 
You don't want people to steal from you so don't do it to them and expect it to be ok just because it's artwork. 
It's still my property and it has my part on it (a big one at that) that says UNAUTHORIZED USAGE PROHIBITED, meaning don't use this image for anything without my direct permission to do so. 

Should you choose to ignore that term/condition then don't become a brat when I confront you on your violation of my terms and conditions. 
It is how it is. 

Now, I'm not mad. Upset a bit and somewhat peeved/annoyed but not bang up bawwing in the fetal position. 
I just found several instances of people tracing my work (not copying poses...full out tracing) in the last week and I had to say something because even though I have it written in several places people STILL don't see it. 
So here you go. 

Don't do it. Stop doing it. Draw your own artwork.

The end.  

PS: I am well aware this won't stop everyone from 'stealing' my crap but if I at least try then I can feel I did something other than just let it go. 
Sorry, but I can't. 
Admiration and posting it on a site to show people or show appreciation is fine but taking my work and pawning it off as your own and claiming it, sorry I won't stand for that.
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I let someone on X-Box live (I got into digital art using the Black Ops 2 emblem editor... now I'm mostly moving my stuff here and using Manga Studio) use one of my things as a base once when he promised to make it look different than mine and use his own skills. All he did was make it red (and the eyes red which made it look high)! I was so pissed. I totally understand why you are okay with people using your poses as like outlines, I feel the same way, but when people try to test boundaries like that it gets annoying. 
nicoflare Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I know the feeling there's an annoying troll that he stole my character top of that he has the fucking guts trying to impersonate and deviantart hasn't done a single thing about it he keeps calling me a fake and he says I stole his account worst of all his spelling and art is terrible
bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Deviantart usually does something, but it takes like 2 months. I reported someone in early August for putting up links to the Klu Klux Klan's website on his profile and Deviantart took two months to do anything about it lol. He will probably be banned in like November.
nicoflare Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow O.O
bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
By "he" I meant the troll, not the KKK racist dude.. he got banned already
AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No apologies needed. Everyone should have a journal like this explaining where they stand with their artwork. :) Especially when they are so well known. I've never had my artwork ripped off, as far as i know, but I can still empathize and imagine it would really be upsetting and frustrating. Hope you see a reduction in theft soon :)
OctaviaSketch Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconclapplz: You don't have to stand for it, it's rediculous.
WaffleDUH Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
:iconclapplz: I'm VERY proud to say that I've never stolen any work from anybody, I'm inspired by people like you, Griffsnuff ect, with cartoon-ish styles, and sometimes I'll be like... "Oh my glob, that little part there looks so fine o,.o" then practice that tiny part over and over again, until it's totally different :I That's how I make my own style, I don't get how people can flat out steal art though... :C
Kitsooki Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately, this is the problem with posting any kind of artwork online. If you are going to use Deviantart, you are also allowing your artwork to be put at risk. I really don't like this sight for that reason, but I could care less. It's just something that's bound to happen sooner or later.
bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Deviantart is better than most other website for posting art. If someone steals your stuff and reposts it they do something about it (albeit in two months when they finally get to your violation report); the same is not true for sites like iFunny and Tumblr. 
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