Sites Bearing Stolen Gifts

Designers can get themselves in hot water as well
(Digital Stamps, Blog backgrounds, Websets, Clipart, Tubes, brushes, music and fonts) 

As the web grows in popularity and numbers, there are more and more webmasters that are becoming interested in creating their own web graphics and sets. This interest by so many has lead to a very big and growing problem for original artists. While many artists like myself draw our images from scratch only aided by our trusty mouse, there are many that rely heavily on the use of such aids as tubes, brushes or dingbat fonts to create their designs and websets.  Although the reason for using such aids may be due to the fact that some are not capable of drawing their own images, or are just not interested in devoting the time it takes to create something entirely from scratch, the fact remains that the use of this type of material without making sure of the origin can lead many webmasters, artists, or designers into copyright infringement. One of the biggest problems with many sites that offer tubes, brushes and dingbat fonts etc is that the webmasters that offer this type of material did not originally create the images they used for making these graphic aids themselves. Many tube, brush and dingbat designers collect the original images from other webmasters sites or even scan the images being used from commercial books, calendars or greeting cards all of which could be, and almost certainly are copyrighted by someone else. 
I have stressed this in many of my other copyright pages, but I will say it again.  If you do not know where something originally came from then do not use it in your creative work or put it on your website.
There is so much in the way of copyright information on the web that there is absolutely no excuse for someone calling themselves an artist or graphic designer to indulge in this type of copyright abuse against another artist. Even more damaging are the sites that say they promote such copyright campaigns as Web prestige, What is copyright, GreyDay and R.I.G.H.T.S . etc, yet at the same time having disclaimers on their sites that state they created their designs with material that may or may not be copyrighted, and even go on to state that they will remove someone else's copyrighted work if it was mistakenly used in their creations. This is not only idiotic and dishonest, but insulting and abusive to other artists. Once our work has been altered, or redistributed to others in your own creations, the damage has already been done and it is to late to remedy by just removing it from your website. It is both hard and a little late once you have let all the snakes out of the can to try to collect them all and put them back where they belong.
If you feel that you need to use these types of aids, there are many reputable places to obtain royalty free clipart to use in your creations, without wondering if the original images are indeed copyrighted or not. Dover clipart is only one of the companies that offer material that is old enough to have gone into the public domain. You can sign up for free weekly samples. Please take some responsibility and investigate the origin of the images you use for yourself. It is unfair to ask that original artists  periodically come to your site and check your work of their images. That should be your responsibility.

If you would like to promote copyright awareness, please download my copyright campaign logo and post it to your own website or blog and link back to the copyright section of CS Designs.


If you need help getting the logo on your site, please contact me and I will help you with the necessary code.

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