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Hello my fellow artists!

The way our profession is treated at times is sickening. No one would dare to claim a free meal at a restaurant in exchange for telling friends that it was tasty and yet in our industry some people do not even bother to ask. Artworks get stolen on a daily basis as if this was a natural thing to do, as if art grows on trees or is generated with a single button click in mysterious apps like Photoshop.
Illustrators, designer, concept artists, animator and many others are the backbone and face of one of the biggest industries on this planet, Film, games, toys, you name it, most products need a design and milliards are made every year.
We are not talking about some kids who use artworks to beautify their homepages, no, we are talking about other industry professionals who steal our artworks for commercial purposes. Stolen artworks are being used as Book covers, in games, illustration articles, being used as a reference for new concepts, poster prints, t-shirts and so on, endless list.

We discuss and reveal some of the facts regarding

- Copyright
- baiting with free exposure
- Art theft
- Protecting your work
- Contracts
- pricing
- fooling artists with asking for help to develop 'free' projects

A big number of artists, especially young artists are constantly being ripped off, underpaid or not paid at all, lured into contract traps, lured with exposure, get their artworks stolen.

Having a great number of members we can do many things about it and be sure, things DO need to be done unless you want to find yourself one day working at a gas station in order to support your 'dream' job as Artist. Having a great number means having a strong voice, a international infrastructure, access to information on various subjects around the world and legal advice . We can help each other dealing with various issues, collect and share information and facts and deal with art theft.
Every artist is free to join and post up some experience here, issues, links to stolen art, warnings, tips.
This is a good thing! Let us all try to help each other! Invite your fellow artist friends to join.
Trust me, it will make a huge difference writing a little mail of complaint on your own or having a gigantic family of thousand of artists behind you.

join the international artist group against art theft
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid…
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:iconxzendor7:
xzendor7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Looking Forward To Reading More About This Subject Since I've Been Contacted Several Times On DA, Zazzle And FFA For People Looking To Use My Artwork For Free And Those Wanting To Set Up Contracts When All They Would Have To Do Is Buy Bulk And Resell If They Wish.

The Way Things Are Today, It's Difficult To Trust Whether These Offers Are In Ones Best Interest.
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pixelcharlie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Hello,

Have you checked out the recent activity at the facebook page for this movement? People have started spamming it with their products, works and whatnot. Maybe someone has to police the content that gets posted in the group page. I'm just saying =P
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Count me in. I'm nowhere near your class, but even so my art gets stolen on a regular basis.
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Jenni-san Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Posted a journal linking to your journal. Anti-art theft all the way! >D
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:iconazyuratrix:
azyuratrix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i wanna!
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FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Joined when in was first created. :highfive:
I think one of the best things you're focusing on here is contracts. I've been doing freelancing for the last two years and I'm always coming across new and useful information.

I wonder if it would be possible to add a section on presenting your art? I know this group is more focused on the shady side of business transactions, but if some of the less experienced artists out there were able to show themselves properly in the beginning (instead of painstaking trial and error, not that that can be avoided completely) they might be able to hook some of the more reliable jobs. Jobs by people that are actually looking to hire and PAY an artist.

Just a suggestion. :)
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FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fuh. Stupid dA and its double posting. -.-
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randis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yes... they should add a edit and delete feature.
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:iconfalynevarger:
FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Definitely. It'd make the site more like a forum, but would make the site a better place overall.
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:iconfalynevarger:
FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Joined when in was first created. :highfive:
I think one of the best things you're focusing on here is contracts. I've been doing freelancing for the last two years and I'm always coming across new and useful information.

I wonder if it would be possible to add a section on presenting your art? I know this group is more focused on the shady side of business transactions, but if some of the less experienced artists out there were able to show themselves properly in the beginning (instead of painstaking trial and error, not that that can be avoided completely) they might be able to hook some of the more reliable jobs. Jobs by people that are actually looking to hire and PAY an artist.

Just a suggestion. :)
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