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Author Topic: Art usage policy! Please read! [UPDATED!]  (Read 4257 times)

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Offline Viscount Rhi-Rhi

Art usage policy! Please read! [UPDATED!]
« on: April 10, 2008, 05:56:43 PM »
Update: Images that violate our art policy will now be removed from profiles without warning.

You are totally free to use whatever means you like to visually represent your character, whether you choose to do so with a photograph of a model/actor or through art, whether your own or someone else's.

However, if you are using pictures that are not your own, please make sure to credit them—and be sure to read each artist/photographer's usage policy to be sure that you are even allowed to use their pictures, first.

You're free to use art from official, corporate sources (published anime, video games, movies, TCGs, etc.) as well as photos of celebrities without crediting the specific artist/photographer so long as you name the source (the title of the movie, TV show, game, etc.).  Apart from these sources, please either credit or do not use the image. If you're unsure as to whether something is or is not an official source, we'll err on the side of caution and disallow the image.

Furthermore, if you can't find the artist of an original piece (for instance, say you found the image on photobucket), you can always check it here:

*New* If it is an image that has been commissioned (and you're not the owner of the original commissioned character) then we're going to disallow the image. The person who commissioned it paid good money for that character image, so it's safe to assume they wouldn't want someone else using it.

If an image has nudity in it, please place it under a spoiler tag with a warning, as some people browse from work and school.
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Are there any exceptions to crediting artwork?
Yes. If the art is very obviously from a corporate art source (like Disney, or an anime series), we require only that you name the source, not the individual artist/photographer.  Also, if you commissioned the piece yourself, there is no need to cite attribution.  These are the only two exceptions.

Their name is on the picture. Do I still have to credit?
Yep. Even if their name and url are on the picture, we still require written credit.

I can't find the artist and this picture is perfect!
No artist, no credit, no picture. Sorry! But there's tons of artists out there who you CAN credit. Go check their art. (Try DeviantArt.)  Or visit The Studio and see if you can find an artist to draw a picture for you. Or commission an artist. Or draw the picture yourself. Or visit Portrait Adoption and buy a portrait there! :3 Another option: you may link to the picture without posting it on the forums if you don't know the artist.

So if I credit I can use any picture I want, right?
Not quite! x3 Some artists disallow their work to be redistributed even if credit is given. This is their right as the copyright holder, and we will honor their decision.

Well, I'm still searching for the original artist...
Great! Take the picture down until you can find them. Then you can put it up. (:
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