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    using work of others

    hi i read this thread and i got question in mind
    i use photoshop to make sigs and stuff there i use anime character i download from internet and i render it and change the background and the concept sometimes i am wondering if there is any thing wrong with doing that

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    Re: using work of others

    as a newb here.. my opinion is tht der is nothing wrong in doin tht.however if u are doin soemthing for commercial purpose be sure to use the free images,,also creating ur own images helps u learn new stuffs

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    Re: using work of others

    Hey CL,

    Since I'm probably the one who motivated this thread topic for you, then I will answer you here.

    First, I do not represent this forums ethical standards when it comes to copyright infringement. So I will leave that to the moderators and administration to define.

    I do however believe that there is a very fine line that must be walked when it comes to using others work in our own. As long as we are not benefiting *********ly. (f i n a n c i a l l y) or otherwise exploiting others work, or derivations thereof, then I think, although it's not legal, were probably OK. I think there should be attributions to the original artist, photographer, or author.

    I do have issues with anyone who simply combines two or more copyrighted images, merges them together with little to no obvious changes, then renders it as one single image and posts it under the guise of being their own original work. Is this legal..........not for me to decide. Is it fine with forum administration.....again, not for me to decide.

    Use stock photos or your own.

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    Re: using work of others

    Even the font we all type with is copyrighted.
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    Re: using work of others

    If you display your work, give credit whenever possible, not always possible. For example, you may find an image on a travel site, a government site, or some other commercial site which gives no credits. Can't help this. I try to find images that are available whenever possible instead of something I can't attribute. There are sources for tons of free imagery. My favorite is deviantart.com. There are some images which are for sale only, but the majority are free downloads. Almost all the artists require that you credit them and provide a link to their site. Some want you to provide a comment on their page about using it and how you did so, etc. All depends on the artist/photographer.

    There's always discussion as to what is legal, such as if you alter an image some percentage, is it yours? Personally I don't think so. I make many compositions of which most of the components are someone else's work, but you can still recognize many of the individual parts.

    At PSG, we discourage copyright infringement. The ethics have been decided by staff, but even more so by the general attitude of our membership as a whole, by discussions and the expected practice of attribution. It's difficult for us to keep up with every image posted. Some of our members report blatant plagiarism. That's helpful. Tin eye will find some if the image hasn't been too greatly altered. Which again brings up the question of whether it is legal or ethical to manipulate someone's work without their consent. I try to take the safe route and go to sites that offer their images for free to use any way you desire.

    Someone who violates this will receive a warning letter. Repeated behavior will earn an infraction. Blatant disregard will probably get a member banned for this practice.
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    Re: using work of others

    In addition to what has alreday been said one of things you should do is contact the owner of the original image, i use sxu which is a good source of images to use (http://www.sxc.hu/ )


    Once i found an image i like even if i just down load it for future use i ALWAYS contact the owner and explain EXACTLY what i will be using the image for with their permission, you have to sign up to the site to do things like this but its free, once your a member you can contact them through the sites email service.


    I ALLWAYS state in the email what i will be using the image for but ADD that at some point i want to be able to sell the final image that i will create, this includes any manipulations that might be sold on a web site such as the likes of DeviantArt...


    The other thing i do is keep the e-mail back from them stating if its OK to use the image... this can be printed out if ever req to show that you ask permission.

    There are many sites like sxu that provide images like this and would recd you do the same for all sites / providers that you use images from.


    Although public domain images are free to use they might still have copy right with them, not all public domain images can just be abused at will, just be carefull where you get the image from that states you can use it.


    ALL in ALL you are better getting the full permission from the owner before downloading and using the image.


    Oh yeh, where ever you post your image/works that contain other peoples work you must give atribution and post links back to them if they req it or you are actualy ( as far as i am aware ) breaking what is really a contract between you and them to use the image.
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    Re: using work of others

    Very well stated inkpad.

    Just one point I want to make: most artists on deviantart have statements about how you may use their art and do not always want you to contact them.
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    Re: using work of others

    most of the images i use are from places like zerochan.net or even from facebook pages (public stuff) so finding owner isnt easy thing , i only use anime so no commercial stuff

    one more thing i dont use photoshop for commercial use what so ever it just a hobby

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    Re: using work of others

    Even for personal use as a hobby, using an image pulled from the net may be subject to international or local copyright laws.

    What has been outlined by others are good advice. Your best bet is to use images from sites that offer royalty free stock images.

    In your case of anime image work, it is good practice to contact the creator of the images you intend to use. But in the event, you can't get in touch, you MUST give credit to the original creator .

    I am sure that there are a lot of forums around where people post their original creations. It would be good to find and bookmark these sites for future visits for source material and reference.
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    Re: using work of others

    As long as it's not commercial, you're ok!

    If you want to use stuff commercially, then you're better off using stock photography (that you've paid for) or public domain images that have no copyright.
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