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Hot Topic DA Art Theft...Maybe?Changed User AgreementsHot Topic DA Art Theft...Maybe? by TomPreston
You know what I hate about companies? The fact that they can, effectively, take their user agreements and update them without your consent. Thus changing the rules to something you’ve already signed long long ago. I signed up for DA 10 years ago but I’ve never once been asked to agree to the frequently new Terms of Service Agreements they keep updating.
Recently it’s been called to our attention that now DA can license your work, even fanart, off to other companies for a profit. DA gets licensing money, the product makers get money off the merch they sell... but the artist gets nothing. Worse yet, DA doesn’t even need to ask you for permission to do so.
This recently came to our attention in a big way when DA user :iconrismo: discovered that his Adventure Time fanart was being sold on Hot Topic without his knowledge. http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Adventure+Time+In+The+Rain+T-Shirt-10171581.jsp
Just look at all these talented individuals. Damn, they make me jealous...
(You might see stamps or journals here, so... yeah.)
Who am I? Well, just a Source Filmmaker (SFM) artist hailing from Singapore. Making 3D Art with SFM since December 2013, although I never joined DeviantART until January 2014. Other than 3D Art, I do 2D Art as well, mainly sketches and drawings. Don't expect to see those often, since I can't draw.
What you are mainly going to see in my gallery is Sonic, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Skyrim, Freedom Planet, and Halo.
If for any reason you want to use my art for something (not that my art is that good, anyway), please ask me first. It's nice to know that my art is being used... well for good purposes anyway, but it will be nicer to know that you at least have the common sense to ask before using something that doesn't belong to you.
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You see these buttons and stamps down here? Yeah, me neither. I'm too lazy to decorate my page with buttons and stamps.