This is a call to all my graphic friends, I love and appreciate each of you and as an artist myself who is attempting to make a living from this I know just how hard it can be.
But sadly that’s not the case for some out there, I’ve said it before but I will say it again and yell it from the top of my lungs if I have to .. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN GOOGLE IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN USE IT!
I am starting to see these so called designers who don’t ever buy copyright material to use in their work they simple just take whatever they find in a search engine!
This is illegal plain and simple!
And pardon my next comment … but it’s not just their ass on the line for using it if you BUY it from them and then use it your ass is on the line too!
Yes YOU, you can be fined for using material that you have not purchased rights to use.
You can play dumb all you want, if an artists is serious they will haul your ass into court!
And if it’s a big company like music or movies or cartoons or tv your going to be in even more trouble.
Many people think they have every right to use images of actors or musician because they are in the spotlight.
INCORRECT! you can be sued not only by the photographer who took the photo but by the celebrity your using.
You can play stupid all you want the fact is if they want to sue you they are going to and there is no dumb card you can throw in a court of law, theft is theft plain and simple.
It frustrates me as someone who spends THOUSANDS of dollars to make sure the images I use are legal and spend just as much buying materials so that my mom AN ARTIST can make them!
Next time you go to buy graphics online make sure you know what it is your buying.
If you have any doubt about copyrights ask to see proof that they have permission.
If they can not provide that or can not provide the name of the artist who originally did the work then walk away.
It’s not worth getting your ass caught in a sling.
Don’t be afraid to call someone out on their theft either!
Think of the original artist and how much time, money and effort went into creating each piece.
Even photography is not free, Most photographers spend thousands on that perfect camera, and even more on lighting, props, backgrounds etc.
Think of it this way, Would you walk into a bank and rob them of their money?
No so why rob an artist of the money they earn as a living?
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