I notice that many of us opt to use our own watermark on our images due to the fact we get a lot of complaints that the DA watermark is too obstructive. Right?
I know that is how my watermark came to be anyway.....
Do you make your own copyright on your work?
I have to share a small sample of my favorite artists who do this:
There are many, many, MANY more of us who do this -- and i want to get all of you who do this together....
Because I am being told that we may NOT do this with our paid stock.... no matter how much we change the work -
and one of the reasons I unfortunately will not be using the major paid stock sites in my day-to-day art.
If you have other examples to share -- please post them. This is not meant to accuse but rather to get other artists who understand where I'm coming from on this issue and join forces.
The artists above i totally understand - and agree with. The hard work put into each piece -- that has to be protected some way....
And still I'm told that the paid stock site still owns the copyright to the derivative.
Slowly, I've been going over some 2000 works to remove any copyright off of art and put back the big DA watermark - and there's another question. The DA watermark says "©" in front of the artist's name??? So what does that mean?
I might even go so far as to delete every single one used - or replace with my own models over time.
What about my name, "Phatpuppy" -- that's copyrighted - i can't put the ©next to my name on my work? lol
i guess maybe just "phatpuppyart.com" ???
I mean - if we didn't put this on the altered art -- then it risks getting stolen..... and then what?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - and please share the other works/artists that do this - i think there has to be some strength in numbers, don't' you?
Again - i love every artist posted above -- and support their work with my heart.
This is NOT meant to scare people into changing what they're doing -- we need to stand together on this. Don't you agree?
As a side note and totally separate issue -- i notice some of these artists selling their prints like I was doing. I had called the stock site to ask if I may do this since it's onesie-twosie orders - not mass producing. I had read the agreement but still wasn't crystal clear and opted to phone my question directly to their licensing division. At that time, I was told there was NO problem in selling prints as long as I wasn't mass producing them.... guess what? I was told wrong.