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Copyright: Because artists need to eat too!

  • Thursday, 26 January 2012
  • D|A
  • Hey guys,

    A quick blog post inspired by my activities over the past hour.

    As you can see ...... it's about copyright. Yea, I know .... the whole copyright thing may be a pain to some. But to many of us, it's literally a bread winner.
    I don't want to rant or anything but being an artist myself, i've formed very strong opinions about the whole issue of copyright.

    Imagine this. In the current recession, after laboring for an hour or so over your work, you host your work online; hoping, quite rightly, that your loyal fan base would appreciate what you produced ( this could be music as well as drawings, digital art, etc) only to find not long after, someone's gone and copied your work and used it to benefit themselves commercially.

    The effort and time taken to do that is surely less than what the artist put forth (their heart when in it too) and yet..... the artist would earn less than they would have done.
    The knock on effect of this, sadly, is that the loyal fan base that the artist generated over time would also lose out.
     Why do I say that?
    Well...... not all artists are well off, they may need to take on part-time work and thus reduce their work output (less work in less time for buyers), some artists haven't even got as far as developing their own fan base yet, if their work get used by others, they may not even find their feet, or it would take longer.

    Lastly, it now takes artists longer to create and upload because, alas, they now have to research into the best ways to protect their artwork online and then to implement what they learnt to individual pieces. Like I said earlier...... I've spent an hour already.

    So, a quick post. Don't see this as a rant, just see it as the other side of the debate on copyright and why it's needed.

    At least for our peace of mind .....

    See you next time when I review more digital art!


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