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Journal Entry: Sun Mar 25, 2012, 10:10 AM


Sourcing Your Resources



You may think that the creation and sharing of stock and resources is a no brainer.  Clearly however its not, and there are a growing number of deviants who for some reason or another seem to not be able to grasp the basic principles.

As the last article we will be launching for Stock & Resources Project Educate week, we are going to attempt to lay it out for you in clear and easy to understand terms.

What YOU own



The gallery details for stock and resources read:

Gallery Info: Resources & Stock Images
Resources submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works and/or learn from.

Gallery Info: Stock Images
Stock Photography which the provider has granted a licence for incorporation into other Deviant artists work.

By submitting work into the stock and resources galleries, be they a photograph of your cat, a pack of brushes you have created, a texture you have developed, or a tutorial you've spent weeks researching and putting together there is a single common theme between all of them, and that is YOU.

The onus is on YOU - the resource provider - to ensure that the work you submit to DA is YOURS. I.E. YOU are the copyright holder, OR have  permission from the copyright holder to redistribute their work as stock and resources.

What this really means...


    :bulletred: Right clicking and saving on a "cool" image in Google then uploading it to "share" with your mates on DA in the stock and resources gallery IS NOT OK. :bulletred: Right clicking and saving a photograph of you fave celebrity, cutting them out the background and then submitting the "cut out" to share in the stock and resources gallery IS NOT OK. :bulletred: Using celebrity photos as PREVIEWS for your Photoshop actions IS NOT OK! :bulletred: Downloading a movie and taking screen shots to share in the stock and resources gallery IS NOT OK. :bulletred: Taking screen shots of your favourite video game and uploading them as resources IS NOT OK. :bulletred: Taking a screen shot of an Anime, cutting the character out and submitting it as a "RENDER" for your fan girls to also use IS NOT OK - For the record, they are NOT RENDERS - STOP CALLING THEM THAT!! :bulletred: "Borrowing" stock images from other stock providers on DA to edit and turn into a "pre-made background" without them giving explicit permission IS NOT OK. :bulletred: Saving and resubmitting "free" brushes, or textures from other graphics websites IS NOT OK! :bulletred: Using stock from other 3rd party sites such as SXC.hu for your premade stock IS NOT OK, and violates sxc's terms of use which clearly state redistribution is not permitted!


The consequences...



When you submit work as stock and resources to DA you are telling other users that its OK for them to the resource in their own work.  Artists have to take stock and resources at face value unless it is clearly recognisable the work isn't yours - like celebrity photography or anime/manga rip offs.

When you submit copyrighted work to redistribute, you are making other artists commit a copyright infringement when they innocently use it! This means that when the copyright owner finds out and requests a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) removal, or another deviant reports the work for policy violations - the artist who spent all that time incorporating the resource into their own work has had that time wasted BY YOU, and could potentially face a copyright infringement notice as well, BECAUSE OF YOU.

HOWEVER -  The onus is also on YOU the ARTIST to make sure that the resources you are using are legit! You can't just blame the resource provider, because you have the tools at your disposal to check the authenticity of the resource BEFORE you use it.  Use TinEye, or Google image search (click on the camera symbol on the right of the search box) if you are in doubt, or ASK the resource provider.  If they can't tell you where the resource came from, or that its theirs, or they made it themselves - then DON'T use it - no matter how awesome it might be!

The Terms of Service  of DeviantART are extremely clear on the matter and state -

You agree not to use the Service:

to upload, post, or otherwise transmit any material that infringes any copyright, trade mark, patent or other intellectual property right or any moral right or artist's right of any third party including, but not limited to, deviantART or to facilitate the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content or illegal content;


Points to remember



Love something THAT MUCH that you just have to use it, or share it?  Find the copyright holder and ASK THEM.  Do not assume its OK.

Despite rumours to the contrary the Internet is NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN! Work, blogs, photographs, journals, artwork, videos, songs etc. etc. etc. are not there for you to take and re-upload. UNLESS there is a clear public domain notice on it - and even then redistributing them is dubious at best.

Works placed on the internet do not have to carry a copyright symbol for them to be copyrighted!

If you are confused about copyright please take the time to educate yourself! www.whatiscopyright.org is a great place to start!

kuschelirmel recently wrote a journal on the subject which you should also take the time to read - Of copyrights and Pre-mades

DeviantART has a very clear copyright information page here - about.deviantart.com/policy/co…

Final thoughts


    :bulletgreen: Take RESPONSIBILITY for your resources. :bulletgreen: Take RESPONSIBILITY for the resources you choose to use. :bulletgreen: Don't EVER use celebrity photography for action previews or cut outs :bulletgreen: Don't EVER submit cut out and copyright protected Anime or Manga characters :bulletgreen: Don't EVER use photography for your "pre-mades" unless there is clear permission to do so :bulletgreen: Don't EVER take images from search engines like Google and resubmit them as resources




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:iconresmensa:
resMENSA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
This is fucking bad readable! A little bigger possible?Deerling (Spring) 
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sure, its called using your fucking** browsers zoom options to resize the text.

**FYI - Unnecessary expletives are completely unnecessary when asking for help.

:)
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:iconresmensa:
resMENSA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
hehehe...
You are totally right - Sometimes I can´t stop me from adding completely needless stuff...
white on black is not nice, too IMO

Sorry for that!  Give Flower Emote 
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured this one at :iconrealm-of-fantasy: here: [link] too!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D :hug: Fanks!!
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:iconmegableachy:
MegaBleachy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not like you're not doing the same thing ...
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm not quite sure I understand what you mean?
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:iconmegableachy:
MegaBleachy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Everyone, at least once in their lives had done something mentioned in your posts, yes?
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well looking at your gallery I would say so. Ignorance is not really all that good an excuse though considering the information available at the click of a button.
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RainyEdition Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I do not understand your point! makes no sense and reason, I feel that only focus on a few but there are thousands of people doing "it" once and are not reported or done something to the repecto.
Respect for the authors of stocks and even that not completely modify their work that does not mean to steal their creations. basically bothers to think so and maybe someday we will stop doing what your stupid rules but break them dictate to us is much more fun!
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Asafary Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
a juzgar por tu tan mal ingles, se sabe que hablas español, el hecho de que otros lo hagan quiere decir que usted lo haga, tanto esta pagina como la comunidad entera exige el cumplimiento de esas reglas

cuando tomas la ilustración de un mangaka, sin su consentimiento o sin ningún permiso, estas hurtando, tomando que algo que no te pertenece y que tiene derechos de autor, estas leyes siempre estuvieron presentes en la internet pero nunca falta el noob de la internet que piense que ''tomar una imagen que no me pertenece y pedir créditos a cambio de su uso no me hace ladron de arte'' gracias a ese tipo de mentalidad esta cispa
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think your translation software needs to be changed.

People who do not credit get reported all the time, most people just never notice.

I have no idea what you are trying to say or imply in the last part of your comment, your translator or your English isn't very understandable.
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JamesMargerum Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does DA allow groups that only exist to rip off the work of real artists?: [link]
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Because all the content on DA is user defined, and controlled. DA would never have enough staff members to patrol every single deviation submitted to make sure they are legal. Thats why all members have the ability to report deviations, other members, or groups for unacceptable behaviour or content.

Its not the best solution, becasue it requires that users have discretion and understand what they can and can not submit, equally it relies on other members who do understand these issues to actively educate, support, teach and report users who ignore the submission policy.

As a rule of thumb, helping somebody to understand what they are submitting is not acceptable, and thus preventing future submission issues from them, is far far better than just repeatedly reporting the users new submissions.

Communication is everything, and its what the community is all about! :)
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JamesMargerum Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's actually not possible to report a group. I've tried, and was told I had to report the individal deviations, which is impossible (that group alone has 2684 members), and pointless as they will never be removed anyway.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thats not entirely true, if there are members with multiple violations you can report 1 of their deviations, and in the details ask that the HD check the rest of the gallery rather than reporting every single one.

As I said, the system isn't perfect, but its what we have to work with.
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mimose-stock Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: you're too right with this
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Required reading list :lol:
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HelenaRothStock Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
:salute: Loved all your stock week articles. Informative and instructive in all the right ways :)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug: Phew! I am glad! I have to admit some of them were hard work to put together to be constructive!
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:iconhelenarothstock:
HelenaRothStock Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Not surprised, that's a lot of work you guys have put into it. :)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D It was enjoyable, but I'm glad it only lasts a week LOL
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:iconla-chatte-noire:
la-chatte-noire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wish everyone were forced to read this and take a written test before trying to submit resources...
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:lol: That would be great :D
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AFineWar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another informative article, very well written and it makes everything so clear cut its hard to be confused after this.

I've read elsewhere, and gotten a note back from a report I made saying that they weren't going to take down offending material because it wasn't reported by the actual artist. So I know it's against the rules but should deviant's bother to report the offending material or just hope that it will be taken care of? I mean if you just look at the resource category sorting by newest the entire page is populated with celebrity image packs and actions that use celebrity images as their cover/preview.

With these articles it seems like you really care about the stock community and keeping it in line but then looking at what actually takes place it doesn't seem your passion is held by the majority so I just wonder if the rest of us that care should bother trying to help by reporting things.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod: You've made an excellent point. All I can say basically is that unless we ALL care enough to do something about it, we're never going to see any changes. As with the miscats, if people stop reporting copyright issues, the staff who do actually deal with the reports won't know if the issue has gone away, or its a case of nobody bothering to report any more. Its hugely frustrating, but its what we have to deal with at the moment.

Of course, direct requests for removal from the artist being infringed are always going to take precedence over what we call 3rd party reports - so if you recognise the artist, or work, the best thing you can do is let the owner know, so they can make the decision on if they want to report the issue, or contact the person resubmitting their work directly.

Its one of the very best things about the stock and resources community, we pay attention, and share information especially about other sites redistributing our work etc. Even if you don't recognise the work, somebody else might :nod:

It might feel a lot of the time that nobody is paying attention to the issues we all face on the site, but I can reassure you that its not the case at all. I see first hand every day as a community volunteer just how much the staff and all the volunteers really care about the site. It why people get angry and frustrated, its not because they don't care - its becasue they do.

:hug:
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said! Hopefully it will help some! :D
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fingers crossed!!
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:iconjust-a-little-knotty:
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank You!
Now lets just hope the offenders are actually reading this lol
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I live in hope!! Feel free to spam a link to it at annoying people :lol: :hug:
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Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:wow: I think I will :rofl: Though they will most likely hide it :P
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yup probably :/
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LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love your articles, all of them! That's another great one!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D :hug: well our week is officially up so we'll stop spamming you all now lol
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LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
It was fun, you all did a fantastic job! :clap:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thanks!!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup: :clap:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
:iconthumbsupplz:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
:hug:
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
great article!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
My pleasure :rose: :hug:
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