watermark your images

theburntnickel  asked:

Hey there- I'm friends with you on other social media but I figured I'd ask you this question here since there are probably other artists who could benefit from your advice too. How do I protect my art once it is online? What advice do you have on copyrighting beyond just a watermark? Thanks in advance!

Hi! Thanks for asking about this - it’s a huge problem, and the simple answer is - you can’t. There’s no way to stop people from re-posting your artwork, you can’t force someone to tag you, anyone can screencap and snip out your signature, and anyone with a printer can copy your art. However, there are a few safeguards:


Quick Tips:

  • The best thing you can do while posting online is indeed watermarking your images. A signature or low-opacity link to your website will do.  
  • Always tag your artwork, when you can.
  • To prevent people from downloading and printing your artwork, only post “preview” images online - the DPI or PPI should look good on your monitor, but print out like a postage stamp. (I’m exaggerating, but you get the idea!)


Copyrighting:

Bear in mind that watermarking alone does NOT copyright your art. While it will deter art thieves, to truly copyright your art you have to talk to a lawyer and pay to have your artwork officially copyrighted so that should you need to take a company or individual to court for stealing your work, you have legal protection. This doesn’t cost too much, and most lawyers do initial consultations for free. If you’re serious about turning your art into a business, search for a good local copyright lawyer and ask for a consultation on how to proceed with your business.


Sharing your work online can be rewarding, exciting, and it’s critical for modern artists, but it comes at a price - artists need exposure, and while it’s great to share your work with people who like it, share it, buy it, and hire you to make more, copycat artists and art thieves will also notice your success and try to bank on it. I’ve had to deal with this myself, and I know many other artists who have as well. It’s depressing and frustrating (and being on the phone with lawyers all day creates a headache I wouldn’t wish on anyone), but it helps to know that the law does protect creators of all kinds - so talk to a copyright lawyer and know your rights!

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Till i die…

This is a tribute for my favorites characters and sisters, i love this movie Please dont add your watermark on this images, if you like reblog and please give me a heart :)

When copyright goes copywrong

Excuse the length of this post….

On Saturday morning I found to that a magazine had uploaded one of my cartoons to their Facebook account without asking me or crediting me. Look, I know my stuff gets around but most people are just people who share it. Most of you share it directly from my site which is awesome because this is what I love doing. If a company does it to get likes for a company without permission it’s a violation of copyright.
I talked about it on Twitter as I thought it was a bit out of order.
My cartoon generated 3K likes and over 500 shares for them before they deleted it (it didn’t even get that many likes or shares on my own page). So I invoiced them for using it, mostly as a penalty. Sites like the journal.ie and broadsheet.ie have published my stuff but ask for permission to do so and promote my work, and I don’t charge them because it’s nice.

So, yesterday I talked to the online editor of the magazine. She was apologetic and told me the the editor was going to get in touch with me, to apologise and pay my invoice. Today the editor sent me this email.

Dear Maria,
Yes I will pay the invoice. I was very disappointed by your reaction to us using your work to be honest. It was a genuine mistake. If you check our website and social media you will see that we always credit everybody, however we are human and errors will be made. I know what it is like when people use your work without a credit as it sometimes happens to us when the newspapers run our stories or pictures without a credit, but we know full well that it is not done in malice, rather it is a result of human error. We work a lot with Irish artists and always do our best to publicise them. Your logo was on your work, perhaps you should make it more visible, anyway that is a matter for yourself. You can rest assured that we will not be using your work again. The upshot to this is that we have been contacted by other cartoonists following the twitter incident , as they say every cloud has a silver lining!
Best wishes,

Editor

And this is my response…

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the response to my email and enquiry. Having spoken to Jane who was sympathetic and apologetic about this issue I was rather taken aback by the apparent tone of your email.

I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the points which you made:

“I was very disappointed by your reaction to us using your work to be honest.”
I am sorry that you feel disappointed but you were correct in the assessment that you did “use” my work.
Your magazine is a commercial entity, the cartoon was downloaded from one of my sites and re-uploaded to yours with the view of getting ‘likes’ and shares for your company. I have both a Facebook account and Twitter account for my work both of which are easy to share from yet the image was downloaded and re-uploaded to your social media sites without credit. Websites such as the journal.ie and broadsheet have published my work but I’ve always been asked and credited. I don’t charge for that.

“we always credit everybody”
Pardon my pedantry but clearly that isn’t the case or else we wouldn’t be having this exchange.

“I know what it is like when people use your work without a credit as it sometimes happens to us when the newspapers run our stories or pictures without a credit, but we know full well that it is not done in malice, rather it is a result of human error.”
I completely understand, but one would hope that experiencing the disappointment of your property being used by another publication would make a company mindful of their committing the same error. But as you say, these things happen. Maybe you should considering watermarking your images to avoid this happening.

“We work a lot with Irish artists and always do our best to publicise them.”
I’m glad to hear that and long may that continue.

“Your logo was on your work, perhaps you should make it more visible, anyway that is a matter for yourself.”
I do put my logo there, it can be used to find me and often is by companies who email me with commissions or to ask permission to use my work.
If I feel this is something I should do I will address it in the future.

“You can rest assured that we will not be using your work again.”
I’m sorry you feel like that but I neither approached you nor did I give permission for my image to be used in this case.

“The upshot to this is that we have been contacted by other cartoonists following the twitter incident , as they say every cloud has a silver lining!”
That is definitely good to hear, I’d like to see more of the Irish illustration and cartoonist community appearing in print, so for them to have made contact to do that is a fantastic thing. And I do hope that your working with them proves fruitful for both parties.

Thank you for your prompt resolution of this issue,
If you require a more detailed invoice please let me know.

Regards

Editor
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TL:DR A magazine used one of my cartoons on a social network without permission, I called them on it, then invoiced them, they took down the image, the online editor was lovely about it, got an email from the editor which I responded to.

I left out the magazine name on purpose.

thatonegunblog  asked:

Nice one where you upload my picture and don't credit me. Good gob.

I assume this Ask is because of the reblog dealing with weaponslover’s behavior.

If you’re trying to compare what weaponslover did with defcon’s photos, then your vain attempt at trying to catch some sort hypocrisy with is misguided.

I don’t even know which image you’re talking about. I follow less than 30 blogs, only one of them is gun related; dirty-gunz, one of the first followers I had, and I’d consider him a friend.

Where do I get my images? Gunbroker mostly, then international forums (Russian, German, Polish, Pakistani, Indian etc), and lastly from Facebook pages who have been copying my posts but not crediting me. I’ve actually seen gunbroker auctions that cut and paste my captions to describe their auction listing. I’m kind of proud of that because they’d pick my description over the factory.

Go to any one of the thousands of Facebook pages, Pintrests, Instagrams and of course Tumblr blogs and you’ll see your photos floating around without any credit to you.

Good example…go to Solar Tactical’s Facebook page and you’ll find dozens of the images I posted. You can even compare the timestamps; they post it a day or two after I  make a post. They don’t use my captions; they just use the images for advertising their shop, but there ya go…even if I sourced and credited an image, it’s already been lost and being reused by someone else.

Fact: When you upload an image to the internet, it becomes public domain. Someone out there is going to  see your image, save it, post it somewhere for reference or personal use and eventually it will spread around until the actual source is lost.

No one’s immune to it. I’ve had my own personal gun photos being taken and used by “pale & pastel” blogs, whatever the fuck those are.

The image below is of my Glock 20 and Desert Eagle XIX. When I posted it I probably got maybe 120 notes? Then some pale & pastel blog took my image and they have 20,000+ notes.

*For the record, prussianparadox is not the blog that took my image, they were just the first page I could find with note counts.

http://prussianparadox.tumblr.com/post/88304915303/pandaofdeath-prussianparadox-smth-for

Would I liked to have gotten credit for the image? Yes. Was I upset when I saw what happened? Yes, for a split second, but I have to refer back to the fact of the internet, it’s public domain now.

If you really want credit for your images, watermark them.

I did try to source images back to their owners but its time consuming and even then Google’s reverse image search isn’t 100% reliable.

So, if you’re still trying to vaguely disguise your “apples and oranges” comparison between weaponslover’s blatant watermarking of defcon’s photos and me posting your photo without credit, then you need to read up on the definition of hypocrisy. I did not stamp my name or url all over your image like what weaponslover did.

If you really want me to credit your images, then politely send an Ask and I can modify and edit the post to include you BUT I’d expect you to do the same to every other blog, page and website or you’re just being hypocritical.