|Art from one of the very first posters I ever did.|
When I notice that a league is using my artwork without permission, it's usually because one of my friends has found it on Facebook somewhere. I'm so thankful that I have people who look out for me and my artwork, by the way. Thank you for having my back (Thunder and Camo, just to name a few!) Usually I can contact the league who is posting my artwork and let them know I would prefer credit for any of my art. Most of the time the leagues in question do the right thing, and they apologize. "I didn't realize this was your work; we're terribly sorry and will credit you." If they link to my blog, even better! For the most part I don't get too angry (if it's not a repeat offender), because I understand that people don't always understand how much time and effort goes into doing artwork, taking photos, or laying out a poster. Even though most of the artists that donate their art don't want to send a "take down" order to derby leagues, it would be better for all involved if people didn't randomly "borrow" someone's art in the first place.
|I did this one for fun. Don't steal it. Ok?|
Just because you found an image online, doesn't mean it's free and clear to be used. Most roller derby art or photography is created for and by people involved with roller derby. It doesn't just appear on the internet by magic! It was most likely created or photographed for a specific reason, and that reason wasn't for your poster or league. Now, if you contact the artist and ask permission to use the image, they probably will be ok with it. I usually am pretty free with my art being used by derby leagues; but if you decided to just steal something from my site, I'm going to be a little more irate, and if you don't correct it, I'm going to be less than agreeable. Remember, I volunteer my artwork as do other artists, and it sucks when you take advantage of a volunteer in derby. Don't be that league who steals artwork, and yes, if you don't ask permission, you're stealing. And don't doubt for one minute that I won't be watching to see if you're using someone else's art without permission either. Artists have a bond, yo, almost as strong as derby girls! Having issues with someone taking your artwork? Try this site.