created on: November 3rd 2000
ORIGINAL GRAPHIC ARTISTS !
& Graphics from :
How I started this page ~
becoming a graphic artist myself, I've always supported other
original artists since I was introduced to the original graphics
community, by placing logos to some support pages in my websites.
These pages, most of them in English, provide all sort of information
about issues of copyright respect and the importance of giving
proper credit to artists. Although English is a universal language,
some people do not speak it as well as others, so I thought that
it would be a good idea if there was a support page in as many
languages as possible.
~ How can
you help ~
help supporting by downloading the logo below and placing it
in your site with a link back to http://www.irenescorner.com/support
. All I ask is that you do not alter it in any way and that includes
changing its original width and height dimensions in your web
the logo, click on it and wait until another window opens, then
right-click on the image and choose the "save as" option
to download it to your hard drive. Please, do not direct link.
Thank you !
made a smaller logo if you think the one above is too large.
speak other languages you can also help by translating this page
into the language (s) you speak. If you are interested, please
from all over the world frequently create web sites with graphics
for free download. However, some of the images they offer are
not their own creations. By doing this they are illegally redistributing
other people's work. Others, inspired by the beautiful sites
they see on the web, start making graphics too, but unfortunately
not everyone is original and some often copy other people's graphics
to make their own.
many original artists from different countries who create original
graphics and courteously allow us to use their creations in our
and followed if we make use of their graphics. But many people
don't even read them and do whatever they want with the graphics.
They alter, copy or do not give proper credit to all authors.
Some original artists offer their graphics to the public for
free . Others require registration and sometimes charge a fee
for the use of their graphics. Due to frequent copyright laws
infringement, graphics theft and plagiarism, more and more artists
have been asking for registration in order to protect their work.
Unfortunately some have even closed their sites and the more
people become aware of the importance of respecting and following
their work with the world.
developer who uses unauthorized graphics or who doesn't give
credit to the artists when creating a site using their graphics,
is infringing copyright laws. Those who create sites offering
free graphics which are not their own creations are illegally
redistributing other people's work and this is also a serious
copyright infraction, even if a linking logo to the site where
the web developer got the graphics from is placed on the page.
Only the original creator of the graphics can offer them for
download. Only the original creator has the right to decide if
the graphics are free for download or if there is a fee in order
to allow other people make use of the graphics. Only the original
author has the right to resize, re-colorize and change whatever
he or she wants with the graphic that he or she created. People
who do that without permission of the creator of the images are
infringing copyright laws.
decides to draw his or her own graphics, wouldn't these graphics
be more especial if they weren't copied from other people's creations?
Will honest people still like someone's graphics after they find
out that they were copied from others?
graphics is very pleasant, but it requires a lot of hard work
and no one likes to see their creations copied and signed by
others. Unfortunately, one of my favorite artists,
Grace from Countryside Heaven, had to close her site temporarily due
to plagiarism, in October 2000. The person who forced her to
do so wasn't courageous enough to admit she was wrong. Those
who saw this person's site could clearly notice that she copied
some of Grace's graphics and was claiming them as her original
creations. She didn't recognize she was wrong and neither apologize
and after some time she closed her site. But then I ask: if she
really didn't do anything wrong, why would she close her site?
I think the answer is obvious...
imagine how a person who had rights violated felt when that happened...
Imagine you painted something and then someone copied it and
claimed as his or her own. How would you feel? Or even that you
wrote a poem or a story and then you find it in someone's site
as if it was written by this person. Of course you wouldn't like
it. No one would.
if you like any graphic you see in any web page, don't forget
to check the logos that come often at the bottom of the pages.
If you click on each logo, you can visit their authors' sites.
Do not steal them from the pages where you see them on. And in
case you are using other people's graphics, please, do not forget
to place a logo with a link back to the site where you got the
graphic from, in every page you use the graphics. You are showing
your respect for our work and helping original artists to keep
their graphics sites on the web.
create a folder with the artists name or the site's name on before
downloading graphics, so you won't get lost when decorating your
pages and will always know from which site they came from and
will be able to always give proper credit.
making benefit not only for the graphic artists, but also to
you and all your visitors if you give credits. By doing this
you encourage more and more people to give credit where it's
due (on the same page) and when you visit some other site and
like the graphics, you will know where they have come from.
forget that even only resizing a graphic to fit your web page
better is also ALTERING. Instead of doing this, try to contact
the graphic creator and ask if him or her can resize a especific
graphic for you. Only the creators of the graphics are the ones
who have the right to do so, and they can also refuse it if they
want to. They were the responsible for the existence of that
graphic and they have the right to keep them the way they want.
So, if your request is refused, show some respect and look for
a more suitable graphic to your page, don't ignore the creator's
wishes just because you want that specific graphic used in your
site and as the author of the graphic refuses to do the changes
you need, you decide to do it yourself and use the graphic the
way you want. You are violating rules and copyrights by doing
this. You will certainly take more pride when giving proper credit
to all artists whose graphics you use in your pages, and by respecting
you are thinking about drawing your own graphics too, don't copy,
be original. You may think they aren't so beautiful in the beginning,
but they are especial because you made them by yourself, and
you didn't need to copy anyone else's work.
artists are forced to close their sites until people realize
the importance of all this. Thank you very much for your patience
in reading this message. If you agree with us and want to help
supporting graphic artists, feel free to download the logos which
are at the top of this page and place it on your site, then link
back to this address: http://www.irenescorner.com/support
want to know more about copyright laws, click here.
logos drawn by me.
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