Above is where I first saw this comic, below is the actual DA page of this comic:
You see that little ‘don’t repost’ watermark? That pisses me off. I went to this person’s page and watched them, but as I was flipping through their work I kept noticing that watermark. And that watermark makes me mad.
I know, not the whole reposting thing you though this would be about, right?
This watermark pisses me off because if it wasn’t for Imgur I would never have known about this person’s work. Posting things on other sites, even if you’re not the one doing it, is a great way to get your stuff out there. The person even credited the artist! Click the picture to see!
I get that you run the risk of people removing your name from something you worked hard on but honestly, I’d prefer my stuff get around the web than having it sit in a little cage of binary oblivion.
submitted by -thegriffin88
That’s great for you, but an artist has the right to say, “Hey, don’t be a dick widget and let me put my art where I’ll put my art.” Maybe they aren’t interested in being seen by everyone - maybe they create these things and feel more comfortable having control over where they’re placed.
(Why do people - especially other artists - bitch about artists asking for really easy, simple things? WHY?)
Seriously this is the dumbest thing I have ever read
RESPECT WHAT ARTISTS WANT
DON’T REPOST WITHOUT PERMISSION
How fucking hard can it really be?
That’s like demanding people to work for free for the “exposure” and filling their portfolio bullshit.
First off, I’d like to thank everyone who have been defending my position in this, but I also feel the need to clarify something, as most people don’t seem to understand why I made the choice to watermark these comics after years of uploading them only with a small signature:
Every mini-comic I’ve made so far has been stolen and reuploaded on these sites. 9gag and funnyjunk being the worst offenders.
My problem is not that people like to share, in fact, I love that. The problem I have is simply this: 9gag profits off the stolen material on their site. The estimate PER DAY is $14,000 USD. 99% of their material are stolen reuploads.
And what’s more? The original creators will never see a cent of it.
Some people have argued that 9gag can’t do much about what their users upload, but my experience with takedown requests have been more than lacking. Usually they take a minimum of two weeks to react and only do so when I threaten legal action. Often, the comics are not removed , no matter how often and how many of my followers report it. Their lack of cooperation shows me that they are not interested in my rights and also encourage their users to continue stealing, since they do not punish them either.
I started out with simply politely asking people not to repost unless it’s a reblog of my own blog/FB etc, but that obviously hasn’t stopped anyone to this day. So, my only solution is to never upload anything without watermark anymore.
I trust this better explains why I’ve made this choice.
I am aware that ultimately, this will never stop people who want to steal from doing so, but my fans and followers have been looking after me and my art, reporting and informing me when they find my work where it shouldn’t be.
I’d like to express how grateful I am for it.
Hopefully this clarifies a little. Thanks for reading and understanding.
I’ve had at least one comic posted on 9gag. No credits, nothing that linked to my dA, nada. The people in the comments asked where it was from and if you scrolled far enough I think someone mentioned me. Way to publicize my work! I didn’t care that much, because I don’t want to put any efforts in fighting something like this. Plus, a part of me does like the fact that I have comics shared around the web. I’m just disappointed by the people posting them without mentioning the artist. If you like the comic so much, can’t you show the least bit of respect?
Conclusion: watermarks isn’t a bad idea. I think I might do this from now on.