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Just warning folks, do not engage in business with people who contact you through direct messages about using your artwork for anything such as social media "apps" or other traditional media, like prints, card games, stickers or the like. While they seem harmless and dance around serious propositions in a friendly manner, there ARE folks out there who are most likely attempting to con others into using artists' artwork for their own gain or profit. This is not about commission work, this is a bit more about business related propositions.

Do not engage in any business propositions unless you and they are willing to go through legal documentations or contracts, it's important that you get compensation for your work and do it through more valid means such as email or a recorded phone call and not through DA or FA etc. even if it's "free" and they'll "give credit"
I'm usually okay with allowing art or fanart I created to be re-posted on other websites granted my permission and proper credit (you have to advertise yourself somehow,) but being asked to use artwork on things such as mentioned above (media, card games, etc etc) it's a definite red flag.

I've been through several instances in my life where people have attempted to take characters or properties from me through petty, manipulative and conniving ways, many of which through accusations and emotional manipulations. People take opportunity of these instances and it's up to you to be stern and not allow yourself be taken advantage of. There are some things you can let go, it's clearly up to you, but there are other instances where, for example, I have lost properties and characters and have not gotten any compensation for it and there's nothing legally I can do because of contract loopholes or "word of mouth agreements" and direct messaging notes just to name a few. These are harsh life lessons that, while they suck and we always wish we hadn't made these mistakes, they happen so that we can apply them as an example on what to be weary of.

I'm not saying this to scare anyone, I'm simply asking that you take care of your intellectual properties, your artwork, and your hard earned efforts towards that artwork. There are only so many things that websites like DA/FA can protect you over, and something as simple as saying "yes, you can use it" in a note can be legally damning toward you.

Be well,
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rodrev Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice :) Now...if I only was so popular that people would actually wanted to con me XD
ProfessorMegaman Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I took part in something like this not too long ago. I had no problem participating because:
A.) The artwork requested was a slight modification of a pre-existing piece, so it wasn't a case of doing serious work for no money.
B.) One piece I contributed contained a copyrighted character that I didn't own.
C.) The other was more or less copied from another artist's work (whom I credited when I posted my version of their work).
D.) I was given a free copy of the book my art was used in, plus the book gave credit to myself and all others who contributed art to it.

The way I see it, it's not all that different from the Megaman Tribute book that Udon put together years ago.
AndrewDickman Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Professional Filmographer
That's completely different to what my journal is about.
UDON Tribute's and the like are official contests and offer legitimate rewards.
ProfessorMegaman Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe I misinterpreted the tribute book, but in the end I figured it was an officially licensed book where the fans do all the work and Udon/Capcom reap all the profits. Not all that dissimilar from what you were talking about, if I take your meaning.
Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks for the warning. But to be honest, I wouldn't say yes to anonymous crap offers like that. It'd be suspicious, too, since my works aren't high quality art or something. And it's sad to see obvious fanarts on products like shirts, lamps, etc. sold on Amazon for example.
dinshino Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Not everyone is so discerning.

Plenty of young folks get suckered in with promises of "exposure".
AyameFataru Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing.
Grudulepoilu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
You are absolutely right. :nod:
Kolbatsun1226 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice! I'll have to keep that in mind, because yeah. There's a surprisingly large amount of people out there who would like to take advantage of artists.
SilentJ1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016   General Artist
Thanks for the information!
Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
This is part of the reason I keep art to the status of "hobby". There's no way I could possibly manage this sort of thing. Power to the people that can and do, though.
ivanprime93 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Student General Artist
I got a note from awesomeartplz  for a project of his about voice acting? But i am not sure, can anyone tell me?
NezumiYuki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sage words Andrew, thanks for sharing this.
TheGeckoNinja Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very good info to know
Shirogitsune Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
And these folks are likely to fight you tooth and nail with real lawyers to keep the intellectual property they steal, claiming it as their own. Be aware and be careful!
RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
This is wise information to pass along.  Always good to arm yourself with knowledge, should you find yourself in such a position.
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