This morning I have had to deal with the unfortunate happenstance of someone reposting my artwork without credit or permission. I’ve notified the one who reposted it and hopefully that will bring about a positive response.
Here’s a quick set of rules for those of you thinking about reposting artwork, whether it’s on your own facebook page, on Pinterest, on deviantART, whatever. Please follow them.
- DO NOT repost on deviantART. Ever. That’s just theft. Don’t do it.
- DO NOT repost ANYWHERE without the artist’s permission.
- If you are unsure about the artist’s views on reposting their artwork, ask them. Some might be okay with you using one of their doodles as your facebook profile picture, or what have you.
- For future reference, MY VIEWS on reposting artwork is GO AHEAD ONLY IF YOU CREDIT ME. Please include a link to the original.
Reasons? As someone who is trying to pursue a career based on my artwork—freelancing, commissions, illustrations, etc.—it hurts me when people see my work and don’t know where it comes from.
When an artist’s work has been reposted somewhere without credit to them as the artist, they lose views, they lose exposure, and they lose opportunities for people to know them as an artist—in short, they lose potential support, and that is very damaging, especially in a world where artists can often find it very difficult to earn a living on their own work. Now, will you find some places where a work has been reposted and RESIZED so you can’t do the handy-dandy google images search thing, or sauceNAO or anything. If you happen to know who made the work, great; tell the reposter. If not, you might consider asking the reposter where they got the image, and if they could credit the person whose work it is.
I know I haven’t been good about adding watermarks or my URL to my own artwork; I will start doing that from now on. But YOU can help, when seeing something you know belongs to a specific artist, by checking if the picture is properly credited to the artist, and/or if it includes a link to the original source. If it is, jolly good. If it isn’t, then please contact the person who has reposted it, and politely ask them to credit the artist. (Please be polite about it.)
Thank you, everyone! Continue being excellent.