Several members of the DeviantART community of artists have left comments for me today. They are upset that I have been linking to photoshop brushes and stock photos from DeviantART. I find links to DeviantART resources on other design websites regularly and have followed this common practice.
To anyone I have upset, I apologize. If I have linked to materials of your creation that you do not wish to be featured on Design Bliss, please leave a comment on the posting where the link exists requesting that it be removed and I will be happy to do so.
I do my best to respect creators’ rights. I recently informed the owner of another design blog that he was linking to a site that takes materials from microstock sites like iStockphoto and offers them for free; in this case the owner of the blog thanked me and removed the link. I furthermore informed one of the iStockphoto artists personally about the offending site so that he could take action.
Believe me, looking through the internet for resources, I regularly find blogs that repackage materials created by other artists, sometimes even slapping their own logo across the preview images and giving them away. I do not do any of this. Think about it. If it was my intention to rip off the work of the great artists on DeviantART, why would I fully credit each of those artists and link back to their pages on DeviantART? I thought I was doing something good by promoting their work and the community. I am a member of DeviantART myself for gosh sake; it is not my intent to do damage or do a disservice to the community.
I guess in the future I’ll have to give greater consideration as to whether to link to DeviantART at all.
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