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A Note about Copyright and Crediting

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 7:43 PM

Hello lovely people.

I'd just like to give you guys a reminder about three points of copyright that come up quite often and I think people are confused about. I don't want to see any of you get in trouble, so here's some things that you should remember:

Characters Ripped out of Games and Screenshots

Ripping models out of games and using them in your art is absolutely 100% not allowed on DA. This is considered a copyright infringement. Passing these around to others just makes things even worse. Please make sure you don't do this and don't use resources that have been taken from games.

I can't stress this enough, make sure any stock models you use are from people who either made them or have express permission to supply them to you.

Screenshots are a bit more of a grey area. Some game companies let you post them some don't. If you MUST post screenshots, please make sure they are correctly labeled and credited, and put in the Fan Art gallery.

Game screenshots don't belong in 3D Art. If you are taking a screenshot of an engine-render because you worked on the game, that goes in Game Development Art, but please let us know exactly what your contribution was.

Giving Credit where Credit is Due

If you are using any resources which require you to give credit for use, please do so. Additionally, if you have created an image and only part of it is your original work, make sure you clearly explain this.

Do remember some stock models and resources legally require you to give credit in your deviation description. If you're not sure, ask.

I've seen a lot of amazing work which had to be passed over for Daily Deviations because credit was not given where it was due, so don't let this be you!

Fan Art and Game Art

Fan Art is any art you make yourself from scratch based on an existing concept or franchise, and as such belongs in the Fan Art category. This does NOT include ripped game models, screenshots of games or films you've manipulated or anything like that. You must be using 100% your own work or resources which the copyright holder has expressly given permission to be used.

Low poly models made for games belong in Game Development Art, headed up by the lovely WillowXD, please make sure they are categorised properly.

Ask yourself: Is my model made for a game or is it just low poly but not for a game? If it's for a game, it goes to Game Development Art, otherwise it belongs in 3D Art.

Let me know if anybody has questions about this! :)

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Xenaleena Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
And they always credit to the original game so it isn't stealing its giving credit where credit is due. Models that have been passed around (i.e.Kingdom Hearts rips) most everyone KNOWS that it was from a game and most know it was from that specific game.
JamesMargerum Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crediting is meaningless if the owner doesn't know that you are using their work.
Quite a few people on this site actually work in the games industry. How do you think they feel about having their hard work ripped off? (and often then used to make digital porn).

Kingdom Hearts is a particular worry because it's Disney. Having those models on the site could get DA into big trouble with the Mouse Lawyers.
AkemiWhy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
yes they know its from that game but they do not have permission from the creators to use those models
Xenaleena Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ahem a lot of people who rip models DO get a copyright first -_-
starclan12 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
i did use my own art work i took a picter of it from the game i was playing and used warmth color to make it more darker for the warthhog
bigfoot5lover Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
how you change the area or do you have to post the pic again
Karate-Hitomi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have a question.

When you say "Ripped from a game" do you mean 2D sprites?

And are people allowed to make 2D sprite animations if they give credit to the creator of the sprite in the description/animation?
JamesMargerum Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ripping means extracting a 3D model from a game.
2D sprites don't belong in any 3D gallery, and the same rules apply as with any art:
FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
Angel20Devil Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm confused, do people who have used MMD models from games nned to be scared because of this? _ I know I am at least, can MMD:ers get banned or something for using game models
Cymae Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As previously mentioned, I think MMD allows use of their models for art and stuff, but I don't know. It always pays to read copyright notices.
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