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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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:iconrobertfriis:
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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:iconrandis:
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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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sure that is a good idea, some portfolio tips
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:iconfalynevarger:
FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great! :) I'll pay attention for the update then.
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Iggy-design Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for sharing. I joined too.
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Jagged88 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've heard allot of things about people stealing art but never seen it happen first hand.

All of someones hard work, blood, sweat and tears go into creating art and someone just takes it, with a click of a button. Now thats just wrong!
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:iconbuuten:
buuten Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Sounds good, I'm joining! And playing FFT eh? Don't forget the JP trick!
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
JP trick?
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:iconbuuten:
buuten Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Not sure if it works on any other version of the game other than the original. Basically you can go to certain job classes ( for example the chemist) and give it max jp. [link]
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
haha cool, that is a good one!
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El-Principal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Well for Artists that are "All business" and nothing else...

Well I think what Artists around the world need is a Third party that would hold
the promised payment in escrow until the transaction can be finalized as opposed
to a "promise" of payment that is just a shot in the dark for the Artist.

Basically, the money is held until reasonable delivery of the works
or the client can just retract payment if dissatisfied with the delay but not within
a justified delay. So when the work is ready to be delivered, payment is issued to
the Artist. If there are any issues afterward, the client can work it out with the Artist. Just like any business, if the client is not satisfied, he will take the
necessary actions or leave it alone with a bitter taste in his mouth and never return for more.

I don't know, just an idea.
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patientnr1043 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you're just too right.
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SAG-D Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I just recently was asked by a random guy, if I could help with one of his projects; trying to get some free artwork. Almost everything in this world has a price, so why should I do something for free? Just because one is a student doesn't mean that they like to get ripped off. It is a shame that artists cannot share their art online without having to fear that someone will grab the art and use it without permission.

For me personally, I just want to know who and for what is using my art.

I totally support this cause and try to spread the word a bit further. :)

Danke Randis! :)
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homeworld4 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I disagree. I don't habitually feel the need to vent my teenager frustration in pointless, fruitless endeavours. Do you BOIL with anger when you're not getting the praise and asskissing you think you deserve? Hyperventilate when someone else is hogging your attention? People getting their art stolen is nothing, and if they're stupid enough to get baited and conned, they deserve to have their stuff stolen. It's all natural selection. A healthy artist with a healthy mindset just shrugs it off. You made it, and you can make it again, better and faster than the first time. They can't. Stop this circlejerking bullshit, please.
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The-Silentist Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I usually go for natural selection arguments and all, but this is fuckin stupid... Regardless if the artist was dumb enough to get conned, he worked hard to get his piece done and then some douchebag comes and steals it? There are risks, but hell, it's still stealing artwork, it's still plagiarism.
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously, what are you babbling about?
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homeworld4 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Too long, didn't read? Art theft is harmless, artists can do fuck-all to stop it, and getting conned is a risk you take when dealing with long distances. These kind of 'discussions' just incite ridiculous drama, nauseating amounts of circlejerking (healing eachother? gigantic family? are you serious?) and ultimately encourage people to put massive watermarks and 'ORIGINAL CONTENT DO NOT STEAL' labels on their kawaii anime girl pinups. How about we all maturely acknowledge that there's risks we have to take, get to grips with the consequences of modern age, and focus on MAKING art instead of protecting our beloved babies from the evil boogie-men art thiefs?
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randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
before writing nonsense you would do best to inform yourself first.
You should have a read on the group discussions before unloading yourself here.

Stealing images is a small issue and we are discussing artworks stolen by some kids and posted on their mysace accounts.

"STOP ART THEFT" is merely a catchy title but we discuss various issues such as;

contracts, rates and all the things most newcomers don't know much about and for that reason get abused by so many clients.

Giant watermarks? I think i already posted 2-3 times on the page that i dont wanna have any huge ass watermarks on my illustrations.

Look dude, no one is forcing you to join or to support, but if you wanna argue, at least have the courtesy to read first.
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i meant to write:
Stealing images is a small issue and we are not discussing artworks stolen by some kids and posted on their mysace accounts.
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Multiimage Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I'll check it out...last month a guy on DA from Australia asked me to work on a video game project.....but I backed off from doing the job because he lived so far away from me and I did not trust him on payments. He even e-mailed me sounding very professional and I still said no. thanks for the tip!
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Casperium Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ah shit, I am in too, been there, had that done to me quite a few times.
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bandeau Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'll join. Three years ago a woman stole my art for the cover of her book. Ironically the book was about how people stepped on her her whole life and how she had to step up as a woman. Bitch.
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YoungZer0 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Verdammt Randis, jetzt MUSS ich mich auf Scheiß Facebook registieren.

Hast du deine Idee wo anders präsentiert? Besonders bei Conceptart.org wäre es gut das zutun.

Find' die Aktion Klasse. Besonders weil ich endlich mit meinen Studium fertig bin und ungerne ins Fettnäpfchen treten würde. Besonders ein Finanzielles Fettnäpfchen.
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randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
habs auch auf CA gepostet und CG hub, posts gehen leider nach ner weile unter und wir haben eine viel complexere struktur im sinn. Wenn die anzahl der user sehr hoch wird werden wir einfach auf eigene website umziehen.
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YoungZer0 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super, seh' du hast das ganze gut durchdacht. Werd' weitere Künstler darüber informieren. Das was ich so in Discussions gelesen habe ist echt mehr als Hilfreich.
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
freut mich!
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
BAITING with promises of "free exposure" is what sickens me the most. I wish more young artists would understand this is them given permission to have their art used for someone else's profit, and nothing else!!! No other profession has members who get tricked into deeming it an 'honor' to have someone take their work and use it without PAYING, and the thieves work their poor little brains around so the artist even seems happy that someone else is making money off their hard work!!! :no:

I wish I could walk into a restaurant, as you say, and enjoy a magnificent meal, then walk out without paying, saying, "Hey, you should just deem it an honor I came in. Other people will see me eating here and they'll eat here, too. It's good exposure for you. So let me rip you off and just be happy with it."

If everyone did that, the restaurant would never make money. And if artists keep letting others use their work without paying them, the artist will never, ever be able to make money doing what they love. O_o
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cry-ky Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
joined! You have a point. Hope eventually artists do have a voice and stricter laws that protect them.
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JRigh Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I am not an artist, but I agree 100% with your post! Thieves ruin it for everyone.

Power to the people!
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:iconpurtalic:
Purtalic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
hey can I copy and paste this in my journal? and I joined! thanks for spreading the word!
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sure you can! Thank you
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:iconpurtalic:
Purtalic Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
i'll get on that on monday
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El-Principal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I need a Pro-bono Logo!... anyone? :P
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UVER Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Joining this, and faved the deviation so it gets faster on the front page. :)
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Now if only I had Facebook. *wry*
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you can always create a quick account,its free anyway.
i used to stay away from many social networks but i found good use in facebook and some others, i also get a lot of business contacts from, those.
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AlexandrescuPaul Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yup, that 's bad...people always want things for free...
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newdawnfades Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I really believe in the cause...But don't believe in Facebook/twitter/Myspace etc....
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yes but those are good platform to connect people. besides you are posting on DA.
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newdawnfades Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010   Artisan Crafter
..good point...lol
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:iconrandis:
randis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
once we have a solid member base we shall move to our own website. We shall not rely on other services but for now we shall benefit from other platforms and free, unlimited hosting.
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newdawnfades Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I would like to help I'll send you a note
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