One of the only reasons that I don't usually watermark my art is because I'm usually drawing something for someone, and I think they'd notice if someone stole it and tried to say they drew it, while giving the drawing to them, LoL.
Plus, Dev doesn't watermark my stuff, for some odd reason... OvO
Even writing a lot of copyright things or journals, it won't stop the dumb kids from stealing. They just want all things for themselves and not share any bit of it. :I
Now I have developed my own style.
Good job posting this journal. I know that if I stole anything, seeing this would make me hesitate and think; although it is long and I skipped to all the important points in it.
Just say it once on your profile.
Saying it over & over will just stress you out.
The only thing that makes me glad of this situation is that in general mostly all of tracers aren't elder than 14-16 years old. Maybe in future they would be more clever... Well, at least I am talking about Internet tracers. I have seen a LOT of tracing in real life like calendars, journals, notebooks etc with many popular artists who doesn't even know that their artwork is used for commercial purposes, not only 'just tracing'... This is much more frightening and annoying thing. >__<
It's better to reference photos and such over other people's artwork. Of course it's even better to turn to stock images and free use images for references as well.
Sorry if this doesn't answer the question you asked.
I am sorry to say, but even if you write billions of journals like these, people won't stop. However, you did nice for making things clear from your own position. You're very known around dA, so I guess people will recognise your style and will report the thieves c: when I see someone stealing and even if you tell them this is no good, if I get no response, then I report them and it is done. People who support you will do that for you, as you would do the same for people you support, right?
Also, one last thing.. I don't think ideas can be copyrighted.. as far as I know, Copyright does not protect ideas. It protects the expression of ideas or the ways in which an idea is materially placed or expressed in the work. If that's what you mean then I guess I missunderstood haha sorry ; v ;
2.) I'm hoping nobody will steal the characters I make if I ever get popular so bad that I make OC's and put them in a free to use folder.
3.) Art thieves are losers/idiots. If you're an art thief, grow up.
The only encounters I've ever had with art thieft is due to ignorant people who just do it to get publicity, which is the kind of art thieft that sickens me the most. Any other time it's just lineart that isn't credited, usually. Hopefully I don't have to deal with it anymore, it's incredibly frusterating and downright puts anyone who has to deal with it in a bad mood.
It just sucks that 90% of the time art thieft just goes by unsolved and there's nothing much anyone can do about it. I've even reported devations for VISIBLE art thieft and they still haven't been taken down nor has the account in question been banned.
It's one thing to defend your work and your terms but it's another to like blow up every time something happens.
I was hoping people WOULDN'T see this journal as one of 'those' kinds of journals but I guess with something of a stark black reputation of 'everything is a rant' all over my forehead it's hard for people not to see it.
I'll keep my eyes out for your work though. I haven't see anything but I'm not really a huge part of the TLK fandom lol
Still, I'll keep my eyes open :I
Some people-just ugh
I'm terribly sorry you're having this problem. Even after you watermarked everything etc.
I don't think this journal will do anything though, other than alert the non-thieves of your predicament (not a bad thing)
I'm afraid though that I feel this won't ever go away completely as long as you decide to stay online.
You're an amazing artist with completely staggering concepts and sweet characters.
And people want all those things. Unfortunately they'll take them no matter the price as long as they think it will get them recognition/fame etc.
I'm terribly sorry you have to deal with things like this still, I feel atleast some people should have a little respect for things like 'Self'.
But *shrug* I fear that won't happen. Good luck trying to get down whatever's up right now.
Obviously a lot of people are taking this journal the wrong way and thinking I'm like foaming at the mouth or something but I'm calm as can be. Just putting it out there and making it known if anything.
A lot of people's respect these days goes about as far as is convenient for them, not for others. Unfortunately this is the age of entitlement, if you want it you can get it and you don't have to do much to get it.
I understand it won't stop but again, at least it's out there on how I feel on the matter. At least with my own artwork.
I'd sooner see other people's OWN ideas than their take or copy of mine... I know what mine look like, I don't know what's in their brain until I see it, y'know?
It'll be fine. I'm not mad or anything, not even upset anymore really... just concerned if anything. I think at any rate a journal like this will always be taken as something ranty or venty when in reality it's just someone stating their view.
dA is eternally cursed with the 'so what crowd' when it comes to issues like this it seems, as mean or rude as that sounds...
It'll be alright. Not the end of the world, just an annoying trend.
Pretty much sadly. xC
Precisely, if people would just draw their own ideas at their own skill level they would get a lot more positive recognition than if they took someone elses. Even using a small part of a concept that really inspired you is fine-as long as you give credit for that bit and make everything else TRULY your own. Like Q8295-Something about a concept of yours really inspired me and I used it in a concept that I had before and credited it in the artist's comments. And after I was done with it it looked nothing like the inspiring piece.
I'm more interested in seeing an artist's true brain work-no matter the lack of skill-than a knockoff or trace executed with the utmost skill.
Aha I got that-and again of my comment sound condescending or insulting I'm terribly sorry-that's not how I meant it at all. And aren't we all concerned? It may-it depends on the mindset of the reader and the eloquence with which the journal was put. I try my best to make anything I post worded in such a way that my intent can't possibly be mistaken.
I have encountered that so much >.< and it is-but so is everywhere publicly available on the internet.
Ahh, but I'm afraid this isn't a trend. Trends pass.
Good luck for the future ^^
It sounds a bit 'baww' worthy but hey, how else do you confront the subject at hand without just ignoring it?
Anyway, yeah... it's not the 'I don't understand' it's the 'I don't care' mentality really...
I myself never got the whole thrill or appeal of being a troll but I guess to people who don't do it you can't really ever know why it happens.
Same with art theft.
The main thing I can't see is the whole 'I didn't know any better' aspect of it. How do you not know stealing is wrong? How do you not see the 'Do not use this artwork for anything' in front of your eyes?
I can understand the whole 'I didn't know the original source for the image' argument as some people are too lazy to look it up but then again there's so many ways you can find out the original artists these days. It's hard to keep your ignorance when there's so many ways to root it out.
I'd sooner want to sound smart, like I know what I'm doing, than to sound like a idiot in the end because I was too lazy.
Still, it is how it is.
I don't even know how to prevent these problems myself.. except to report the "Theft" in question when this happen. But, even like this... :/
Internet is a terrible place for these kind of stuffs, you'll always have to face this. Sometime, people don't care about copyrights and watermarks, they steal what they want, no matter what. It's really sad and frustrating. :I
More so when the person whose doing it gets upset when you ask them to either stop of credit you. Or they act completely ignorant about it, like 'I didn't know taking this was wrong'.
You can't stop it full out without removing yourself from the equation, and even then what's on the internet is on there forever. I don't mind the sharing and stuff but it's the concept of stealing something and claiming it as your own that is annoying.
It's like dude, you can say 'I referenced from' and not look any less like an artist. If anything at least you'll be respected for admitting you didn't do it all on your own. Y'know?
Aaaah well, nothing is ever going to scare people enough to make them stop to do "bad" things.
It's like movie/music pirating. If the law catch you doing that, you will have a salty penalty to deal with after.. But people still do it anyway and they don't care about the consequences.. Until that this "explode" in their face.
This happen in every domain, not only in art, sadly...
I don't know why people steal arts though, except maybe to have some attention, e.t.c.. But still, they will be reported if they are discovered and they will get a bad reputation and blahblah, so this goes nowhere. :/
It's a strange mentality. Maybe jealousy? Or some "lust" of talent? Or maybe just for the fun of it?
thank. I hate when people do thiS.
You are not the only one out there who's art gets stolen.
I know darn well it won't stop everyone from stealing, to think that would be stupid. I did a journal like this a couple years ago and it still happens. Not as often as it used to but it still does.
The last journal is gone so I made a new one. It is how it is.
Yes, I know that. I never said I was...