CS Designs and Cherished Memories
© Copyright All Rights Reserved 1999
Graphic sites bearing stolen gifts
(Clipart, Tubes, brushes and dingbat fonts)
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 books, calendars or greeting cards all of which could be, and almost certainly are copyrighted by someone else.
While I have stressed this in many of my other copyright pages, 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, while at the same time having disclaimers 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 offered 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. That is like closing the barn door after the cow has already escaped.
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. 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.
Important Note: If you are an artist or designer that creates original art, tubes, brushes or fonts from scratch and would like to have your site listed here as a help to other artists or designers, please contact me and I will add your link to this page.