Please give this group a look. There are many like this, but this one seems to be one of the more popular ones, and thus the most disconcerting. (is this a pointless endeavor to ask them to change? Yes, probably, but the point is, I want to make sure the artists I respect are aware of it)
On the surface, it is a group that seems to be RP-ing and promoting Avatar fanart.
But when you look at the actual uploads, MANY of them are not credited at all. I have even seen a few cases where art has been manipulated, and then uplaoded, and the uploader acts like they own it, and they made it.
It is offensive to me, as an Avatar fan who has worked with so many of you lovely artists out there, and it is quite hurtful to me to see your art slapped around with no credit given. Even if it’s just laziness, and not malicious, I think it is insensitive and hurtful to you amazing people who draw lovely stuff.
I even saw an SRU artwork uploaded with no context or credit provided. This really upset me. I spent some time yesterday and today looking at some of these groups’ galleries and providing links to the original uploads when no user name/signature was available, and no credit was given. Then I received this post on my wall.
(You can see the actual post and my response here.)
I was still adding links to help promote the artists, simply stating “Artist Credit” and providing a link (I do not see how this is spam) and I was banned from posting in the group immediately after, without even a response. Very rude, if you ask me. (the group’s own profile picture doesn’t even have any kind of credit)
I’d like to think that some of them at least ASK first, but even so, it doesn’t make it any less rude to not give credit where it’s due.
And no, it didn’t look like 90% to me, because I’m sorry, but a teeny-tiny signature that is not legible does not COUNT as artist credit. Even if it’s technically OK, it is still RUDE, is the point. When you’ve got a group of 4,000 people following your page, show some common courtesy to the artists, eh?
I have even seen cases where artwork was cropped so that the artist’s signature was cut out. THAT is low. (I do not think THIS particular FB group has done that, BUT I have seen it) I know this even happens on Tumblr, where people steal art and just post it rather than reblogging the original, but at least then I USUALLY see people include a source link these days. (the links I posted giving artist credit even seems to have been removed because I was banned from the group)
Either way, at the VERY least, whether you take issue with this or not, I think all Avatar fan artists should be aware of this, and should be including a pronounced and easily visible signature of some sort on any of their art, if only for their own sakes. I’m sure these are all just teenagers having fun role-playing (two or three them replied, “I just found these on Google”), but a simple tweak in how they are doing it would result in an act of rudeness becoming a gesture of support for the artists.
At the VERY least, you artists could possibly garner new fans, and your art DESERVES to be seen!
(in the process of writing and sending this blog post out, I HAVE noticed a few pics I had commented on where my comment had been removed, a credit link had been added in the description, so that’s something…hopefully I’ve helped them be more mindful of this, but I just wanted to spread awareness of this problem, I love you artists and hate seeing you not get the credit you deserve)