(first time writing in any kind of online journal.)
Firstly, even though i don't respond to everybody, thanks to all those watching and fave'ing my work, even though i don't upload much nor often.
The other day i went to have some work plotted out in a local shop dedicated to photocopying, printing and minor design work. As i was waiting i noticed one of the employees surfing through DeviantArt and the thought occured to me that maybe he would come accross one of my works and i could "show off" as the artist responsible.... later, another related thought somewhat different from the first came to mind, because i remembered how some people handle design here in my home city of San Luis Potosí. As a graphic designer, I've had customers come in for simple design work for banners and publicity; the thing about some of them is that they'll come in with a "simple" piece of work to be done but without any images to complement the poster/banner (for example a sign about the sale of popsickles), when i ask about it the customer will say "Just check the internet and see what you can find".... it tends to p¡$$ me off (even though i try not to show it)... firstly, it's not something i like doing; and, secondly, the images are such low res that to have them printed at large poster sized look terrible... that's why i make it my policy to tell this to the customer and ask them to get me the images he/she wants to use. I've even offered to take the photos myself (often without extra charge), but people just want to save themselves the trouble (by giving it to me).
One of the unfortunate things here is that there are a lot of printing and "design" shops, and people having their 12 year old children make their design work because "they know how to use the computer"... i've often come accross company logos and publicity in which i recognize known clipart, artwork from boris vallejo and luis royo (as an example), and trademarked characters from such as warner bros and disney being used by small businesses ranging from party halls to laundr-o-mats. I can't say for sure, but i'm betting most people won't even get the idea to try asking permission, they just "look it up on the internet"...
The internet is a great thing, one can read up on subjects from ABC's to quantum physics to whatever one can think of... art-wise, one can check out the work from artists around the world, past and present, learn, get inspired and inspire others by their own work.
i guess copyright enforcement can be a tricky thing, especially with so much material available internationally through the internet. But it all begins with respect for others and their work.
I can see why large watermarks with copyrights and such are used. Personally, i haven't gotten into the habit of "copyrighting" my work (i know, big mistake), and i haven't grown to like watermarking it with a large notice, but i will be adding a copyright line to my images, both to new uploads and old ones (i don't know if updating will make 'em pop up as new uploads).
I'd like to say, repeating what many here, that if somebody wants to use artwork (be it mine or anybody else's) it's better to ask permission first, and give credit where it's due.
I can't say i'm completely innocent of using others' material, but i do ask that if anybody knows how i can get in touch with the people responsible for the photos (found on the internet some years ago) on which i've based some of my drawings, let me know because i haven't had much luck finding them.
Well... i'm not sure if my writing is good, but just thought i would share some thoughts on what many have said and shouted.
say no to piracy (except when you're portraying them ).
say no to plagiarism
diga no al fusil