I'm making this journal to say and explain why I'm joining the open source community. Making content or just anything we individually create widely available for one betters the race as a whole, as there's no paywall of illusionary social status. ("Only high society can afford that kind of information, poor people were born to be stupid") The content we make gets improved for free
and the we open ourselves up to a richer understanding and communication with our audiences.
"But if everything is free, how do we make money?" Well, Amanda Palmer did a TED talk on her experience:www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_…
Basically it operates on the principal of sharing and profiting from the experience
we give people, not the product. It does mean that the concept of copyrights and patents would have to go, and I understand it's a very scary concept for a lot of writers, artists and musicians. I'm not even sure I'm completely ok with it myself yet, but I'm also starting to see that there's a whole ton of good out of this new movement that possibly outweighs the old model.
So basically this is a very long winded way of me saying that I'm not sure how I want to join it yet but I do want to do an experiment by saying that if you want to use my art for something like:
Adding to it, improving it or modfying it
Using it in signatures, roleplay forums, renders
Tracing the base of it to make a new character/ something new
Well anything you can think of along those lines, all you have to do is ask me
As long as the artwork is no more than 10% of the original and 90% of the rest is all your new content you can use it commercially
I decided to do this because last week I joined Weasyl and instantly a signature artist asked me if they could use one of my pictures in a signature. I was so blown away by the fact that they just asked me instead of just up and stealing it that I let them and the result turned out fantastic. You can see it here:www.weasyl.com/submission/4987… But if you're making it free why do I have to ask?
The main and most important reason is because this is a very very new movement and the majority of people still consider these things to be bad, within good reason. Most people view these things as bad because they feel like the people that steal from us are trying to claim credit, praise and approval off the back of someone else's hard work. Having a comment you can link to where I am explicitly giving you permission can remove that perception and get you out of trouble in case people do think you're stealing.
And the other reason is, simply because it opens up that communication. It lets me know that you don't have shady intentions and I also get to see what you do with it when you're finished. You can even ask me to critique it if you want ( just be sure you know what a critique is and that you can handle constructive criticism)
In a few cases the answer might be no because it was done for someone else, and at the time of either the commission or request there was no knowledge or understanding that it would be used in the way you intend to use it, this is because I don't own those characters and want to respect the creator. It might also be a collaborative work with another artist who does not want it to be used.
Right now this is very much an experiment and the rules may change or be expanded on as I learn from it. Be warned if you intend to trace, it won't teach you anything. Use it for fun but make sure to practice on your own if you genuinely want to improve your skill. And important note: if you do not ask to use my work I will assume you have dubious intentions and send in a dmca request to have it taken down.
Also sorry for not really being active here. I'm in the middle of a course right now for immigration, it'll finish next week but then I need to go apply for another visa. I'm in the middle of working on a couple things slowly, including the male requests. :>
(Lineart by MichelleHoefener.deviantart.com, find it here:michellehoefener.deviantart.co…