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Today I've been receiving messages about how my old Simpsons fanart, 'Simpsons Luv', has been uploaded to 9GAG, but with no credit, the signature removed and some 9GAG user's watermark slapped on it. I emailed 9GAG asking that the fanart be removed, since I couldn't create an account to report it (the page just 404'd on me), so this was the next best thing.

Thank so much to those who contacted me about this, you guys are the best. <333

(sorry this is an abridged copypasta from my blog, just wanted to let those who messaged me here know I did something about it... I still really really appreciate the help. :heart:)
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:icondeixtobiallyaoi:
DeixTobiallyaoi Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Nicht!
art theft is nein ze answer!
it iz like.... like... zownloazing muzic!
zerrible!
mei Juztice beztow upon zem!

*just feel like zzz's*
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:iconwhite-briefs:
Personally, If I was in your shoes, I'd be more than thrilled to see my art being spread around the world --even without the water mark. It still is yours. Thousands of people will see it, and that day, when they encounter your gallery, they will see the piece and by simply watching the rest of your work, they will acknowledge that it's originally yours. I think you take this too seriously... Some more self-confidence won't be a bad thing... ;)

My opinion... of course...
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SuperLinZ Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nononononono. That just condones the idea that taking images and editing out signatures/watermarks is okay because eventually the original artist will recieve credit...maybe....someday...but probably not.

No, it's NOT okay.
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SuperLinZ Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Though I admit I do acknowledge that you are probably just trying to look on the bright side of things.
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hollyoakhill Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The thing is, when the artist is not credited, like what happened here, people won't know who originally made the artwork. The majority of the viewers are most likely to not bother looking it up to find the artist either.
So basically the artist gets absolutely nothing out of letting their art be spread without their permission or credit.
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I beg to disagree... For example: does a Mickey picture needs to be credited? A Looney Tune character, Ben10, Pokemon etc?

What I mean... is to have faith... the point is to be out there, spread on the net. Seriously, I follow so many guys, and when I see their works on 9gag, facebook etc, I IMMEDIATELY know who's art it is. And when I put a link, people who liked the image, say thanks and follow that work. In my humble opinion, as long someones piece of art isn't used for professional reasons; to make money, there's no problem.

But, as I said, that's _my_ personal opinion, and I'm just sharing it with you. You have the right as the original creator to set your personal lines... ;)
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hollyoakhill Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I think your opinions good, don't get me wrong. I think your heart is at the right place and I think that's good. But you need to remember that not everybody is as famous and iconic as Looney Tunes or Pokemon. And as an artist, getting spread is the best thing that happens to you, because more people will see your art. As an artist, you do need publicity, because if you want to live from it, people need to know you exist. But at the same time, even though they liked your artwork, most people are still not interested in fanart in general. They barely know who Michelangelo is, much less Banksy or Yuumei. They save the picture anyways and spreads it with their friends, who then spreads it with their friends and so on.
When people remove the original watermarks and replace it with their own and then puts it on 9gag (which I find a really offensive thing to do), that majority of generally artistic ignorant people will then see and immediately think ''oh 9gag made this'' or ''anime-loki-and-tony-in-the-tardis-221b-girl made this'' when in reality, it was actually you.

So, my own opinion on this is basically that I'm fairly okay with reposts on different sites, as long as people ask my permission and includes credit and a link to the original site. The money is not really the problem here, it's the lack of publicity people get when they disregard the artists will.

I kinda speak of experience of this, for the record. Some old stuff I drew ages ago suddenly appeared on my dashboard on tumblr with over freaking 15000 notes... which is a whole lot. There was no credit, not a mention of who made the pictures, just a funny caption. So basically, over 15000 people appreciated and spread my art like a wildfire without knowing it was me. Imagine all the new followers, the feedback and publicity I could've gotten if only that person who reposted the pictures had just mentioned me.

(i'm really sorry about the long comment, i don't want to come off as angry or annoyed, because i'm rather the opposite. ^^; I think this is a really interesting topic so i got a bit carried away oops :p)
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No need to apologize. I do understand your opinion. I guess it's just a different way people value, or wish their art to be used. You have your limits, and stand for them; kudos. All I wanted was to tell my opinion, which, if you've visited my gallery and read my comments on each and every thing I've made (yaoi/gay porn; be warned), you already know, is much more liberate (compared to the standards).

I wish you the best and that someday you became so famous you won't need any credit or watermark. ;)
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:iconpankakecarnivor:
Aww....:/ Have they removed it yet?
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:iconaudreymolinatti:
the only solution is to put a big watermark with name and adress :'( in the center of the images, if this thing happens to me one day, i'll be sure to do this after that! i hope this thing will be set up because it's sucks :(
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