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Though I am frequently here at DA, it has been a while since I posted a journal entry.  I have a blog (suruha.com) where I do most of my posting, so, this journal gets neglected, unfortunately.  This is where I post my art pieces, but also where I obtain much of my stock.  So, on that note, I have a couple of comments to make.

It is so very sad to see so many of the artists I adore pulling their stock off DA.  I do not blame them one bit!  Still, it is sad to see some of the wonderful stock images no longer available.  There have been several artists whose images I frequently use and they are among those who have pulled their stock.  That someone would come here and help themselves to an artist's images and use them without so much as a mention is ridiculous!  It is theft any way one looks at it.  I know this has enraged the artists, though they have been more than patient.    

Looking through my own 'art', I realized that I neglected to list my sources on several.  I have been 'a thief'.  I am here today to fix that.  I guess I justified my using the images with the fact that I don't try to profit or claim any of the images I used.  But, that doesn't matter to the artists.  I still took something they created and used it without so much as a mention.  Doing photo-manipulations for the first time and using stock images was new to me when I started with DA.  It never occurred to me to list my sources.  I know that isn't an excuse, but, I do know better now.  Once I realized my neglect in this, I began keeping track of the images I use.  

I did one piece, then, had to change the model in it because I just couldn't find the image again.  It is so important to note the source of the image at the time it is downloaded.  Here, at DA, most of the images have the title and the artist in the file name, which is awesome!  Other sites don't do this as much.  I have worked out a system, though, to prevent my not remembering the source.  When I save any image, I type in the artist's name first, then, the site's name or abbreviation.  Finally, I type in the title of the image exactly as the artist posts it.  An example might be, "johndoe sxc Image1'.  The artist is 'John Doe', the site is Stock Exchange and the title is 'Image1'.  This only takes a second, but, saves me hours of going back and searching for my source.  And, it is the right thing to do.  These artists put a lot of effort, and often expense, in creating images for others to use.  That is the least one can do!

My memory and my only using the images for personal art aren't excuses, but, I didn't ever intend to take advantage of anyone.  I am truly grateful for the stock images provided here and on other sites.  I couldn't do what I do without them.  As I am on a fixed income and do not sell anything I create, I must stick to the 'free' images sites.  That is even more reason, though, for me to list the sources.  That is my 'payment' so to speak.  

I personally believe that some people 'neglect' to list the sources, relying on the 'anonymity' of the internet.  They hide behind their pc, feeling quite comfortable that no one will know or care that they have used other's images.  LOL  Believe me!  It matters!  Once, I used some 'arms' that I had downloaded to my files to make a freebie 'collage sheet' for a group I was in.  The 'arms' didn't have an identifying label, so, in my mind, it wouldn't matter.  HA!  The 'arms' turned out to be stock that a fellow group member had created!  How utterly embarrassing that was!  Thankfully, the lady was very nice about it and I pulled the collage sheet.  Still, a few people had already downloaded what I made.  It just wasn't right to use anything without knowing and citing the source.  In my case, karma came back and bit me on the butt!  LOL  Fortunately, for me, the lesson wasn't too harsh.  It could have been so much worse!  

Throughout my time here at DA, I have heard some doozies where people have used and abused an artist's images.  I think the one that stands out the most to me, though, is an artist who had her entire gallery of stock stolen and used to create a store on another site.  There, they were sold, though, here at DA the images were free.  The site was even named for the artist since her name was on every piece!  Can you believe the audacity!?  When the artist contacted the thief about it, her comment was to the effect that 'the images are online and 'available', so, what did it matter'!  In other words, because they are 'there', they are 'fair game' and free to use as one wishes.  The thief's store was on Etsy, I believe, and, finally Etsy closed it down.

Last year, there was another case of theft that affected a bunch of the artists here at DA.  That thief was selling prints on his own site, complete with his own identifying label/watermark.  He charged a hefty price for 'his' art and, I guess, he sold some of them, though, who knows how much he made on them.  I just can't fathom how someone can take advantage of so many others, claiming that they are the artist who created all those images and profiting from them!  What nerve!  What some people will do for monetary gain is phenomenal!  I sure hope he gets his come-uppance!

So, all said, my ignorance or memory or my being tired and putting it off or whatever is no excuse.  I apologize for the neglect in listing the sources on some of my finished pieces.  I am working to correct that and, if I can't find the source again, I will pull the pieces.  Having gotten to know some of the fine artists here at DA, lets just say I have a better appreciation of what these good folks do.  It is of utmost importance to take note of the artists and to give them credit, according to their terms.  They post the terms of use just for that reason.  It is their right!  Many of them just like to see how their images have been used.  In any case, it is the right thing to do!
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suruha
suruha
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Mother Earth's Bed & Breakfast
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: Impressionism
Operating System: Windows 7
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Jean52 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016
Thanks for the watch Hug 
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deviney Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the brush comment, Hope you enjoy
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Reddawgi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Hey girl! Glad to see you "watching" my group, :iconcastle-of-cards: Welcome back. ;)
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yomanw Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! I remeber talking to you on pearltrees! :)
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RatherSketchy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*poke*
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KimmieKrazy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Su!
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designcuts Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Watching you Su :).
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KimmieKrazy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Su!!! :party: :hug:
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!
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Laeneris Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
Hello~ Best wishes for you today! :iconsweethugplz:
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