What is “Art Theft”? Mirre shares her thoughts
Many people, especially on dA, have this idea that if one artist shows any signs of similar elements from one of their art idols, it’s considered “art theft”.
Sorry but copying for example a pose, or happen to draw eyes the same way, or have an OC with the same color scheme is NOT ART THEFT.
I’m just gonna explain with examples of what is and what is not art theft:
This is NOT art theft.
"Why? Sources claim that yuumei traced from the pic to the left!"
Whenever it’s traced or not doesn’t matter. The technique used never matters as long as the final result is original enough on it’s own. Yuumei changed a lot in the final result here. Yes the color scheme in the backgrounds are similar, but you cannot claim copyright on a color scheme.
Now THIS is art theft. Basically 98% of ALL of these kind of pokéball-art use copyright material without permission. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS.
"Why? The artist credited the stock artist in the description!"
The problem with this is that the so called “stock” IS NOT STOCK AT ALL.
The stock artist they referred to is breaking copyright law by taking an artists artwork without written permission, remove the background and make it a transparent “png”.
These kind of traps are called “renders” and is a HUGE problem on deviantart. the render category is made for stock material that have a transparent background.
So ppl take coprighted artwork, both from tv-shows to freelancing artists, make the backround transparent and then upload it as a “stock”:
This is copyright violation in it’s glory. And the mods don’t do anything to this issue apparently. Which makes ppl believe it’s okay to make stocks out of other ppl’s art. This isn’t tracing, this is straight on using 90% of the original artwork and fool people to believe it’s okay to use it.
So can people please stop flaming the wrong artists for once.