Okay, this was probably a little too hastey. I'm still not gonna post anything on this account and still gonna look into moving to another site, but I feel stupid for deleting everything. So many memories, just gone... DX That's leaving such a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach... DX Aw well, what's done is done. If on the off chance I actually can't find another site to go to, I MIGHT make a new account here, but I'd announce it in this journal.
As the title says. I'm probably leaving DA. I'm sick of it. So many art thieves roaming around, not to mention all the bloody bashing and flaming over pretty much anything. And of course recently DA secretly changing it's user agreements so that they can claim distribution rights over any artwork posted and profit from it while the artist gets nothing.
More info can be found in these journals:
Hot Topic DA Art Theft...Maybe?Changed User Agreements
You know what I hate about companies? The fact that they can, effectively, take their user agreements and update them without your consent. Thus changing the rules to something you’ve already signed long long ago. I signed up for DA 10 years ago but I’ve never once been asked to agree to the frequently new Terms of Service Agreements they keep updating.
Recently it’s been called to our attention that now DA can license your work, even fanart, off to other companies for a profit. DA gets licensing money, the product makers get money off the merch they sell... but the artist gets nothing. Worse yet, DA doesn’t even need to ask you for permission to do so.
This recently came to our attention in a big way when DA user :iconrismo: discovered that his Adventure Time fanart was being sold on Hot Topic without his knowledge. http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Adventure+Time+In+The+Rain+T-Shirt-10171581.jsp
Well - Update on the issue at hand
Apparently whatever is uploaded on dA, wether it's fanart or not, can be taken by third-parties and turned into shirts or whatever the fuck they want because it's not thievery.
Just guess how done I am with this website.
Kissing dA goodbye and just deleting my work is drastic, so I will just restrict my uploads to what I said above and for everything else I will stamp a huge ass watermark on EVERYTHING I post.
I'm just... done.
I'm really, really close to just kissing this shitty website goodbye. It has nothing that helps the artist defend themselves from scammer and art thieves, and while I've endured this shit for the past two years, my patience is running really fucking low.
I should have updated this journal yesterday after the whole post had been bam slamme
It sickens me that things like this have to happen.
So yeah. I know my art wouldn't be in much danger since Clocky is a pretty ignored character, but still. THIS is why I obsessively use watermarks. You can't trust ANYONE on the internet. Even if you find a supposedly nice art website, odds are it's either run by assholes or it doesn't protect your art from thieves. Heck, maybe even both, like this site.
This is not up for discussion. I've already deleted all the art in my gallery and in storage. I'll still keep my account active should I ever need to defend something of mine and so I can also continue to watch and fav art from the DA artists I follow. Or even if anyone feels like asking some questions or something. But other than that, I don't plan on doing anything else on this site or account. It's not safe anymore, not that it ever was but it's worse now.
For what it's worth though, it was a blast being here for 3/4 years. Special thanks to all my great watchers/followers that stuck with me for so long through thick and thin and for all your kind and encouraging comments. 8D You guys are awesome. I mean it. Thanks for sticking with me even when I started stories I'd never finish. I know that must've been really frustrating.
I made a few awesome friends that I now I.M. almost everyday. While we have our occasional bumps in the road and stupid teen drama (that seems to follow me wherever I go dammit) We've managed to stick together for this long, and I have DA to thank for that. XD DA will always feel like a second home to me. Albeit an abusive home that you think it okay to stay at but is still a threat. Go figure. XD
So yeah, this isn't really 'goodbye'. I'm not 'gone' 'gone'. I'm just not posting anything art related on here anymore. I might pop up somewhere on the internet again eventually. I really wanna find a safe art website I can post stuff in cause I've honestly missed posting art and hearing back from your guys, but it's just not a good idea to do it on DA anymore. I was gonna wait until I found a new site before I did this and deleted everything but DA's new terms of agreement thing just screwed it up.
Yep, I think that's all. Thanks for being awesome. XD Weird, this feels like one of those painful goodbyes even though I'm not deactivating. So sad. XD I dunno, I still have a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach about this. If for some stupid as all hell reason I decide to stay, I'll let you guys know, but honestly, DA is just screwed up. It's difficult to feel safe on this site. I'll let you guys know my final decision if I find another art site to stay on. But for now I'll just be floating around and faving stuff.