RJ Brudenell (azoth) wrote,
RJ Brudenell

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DeviantArt Submission Policy

Once again, there have been changes to the Deviant Art Submission Policy. The new agreement takes quite a bit of reading before the first glimmer of understanding dawns. Even then, most of us have been left a little baffled.

From what I can understand it would seem that Deviant Art are covering all of their bases. They want to be able to broadcast your Artist Materials (fondly called Deviations) in all available and all future formats. They also want to be able to use your work in promoting the site; I'm guessing that this applies to situations such as the Daily Deviation.

Sounds pretty straight-forward. But to be honest I'm not really sure that I like the idea of someone else having to right to manipulate and modify my work. Sure, they claim that this is for resizing purposes, but exactly how far do I trust Deviant Art. How do I know that they'll keep their word.

More worrying are lines such as: 'electronically or otherwise publish any or all of the Artist Materials, including any part of them'. Now, surely that's asking too much. DA wants me to grant them the right to publish my work in modes beyond electronic. I can't help but wonder why. Deviant Art is website, why should they ask for rights to publish my work elsewhere. And what is meant exactly by the term 'otherwise'. I would think that if anyone were to publish my work in such a fashion then that person would be me.

But things get progressively worse as we read on: 'the right to sublicense to any other person or company any of the licensed rights in the Artist Materials, or any part of them'. Okay, I might not have the full understanding of this, but doesn't that mean that I would not only be signing over my work to Deviant Art, but also to anyone that Deviant Art deems fit.

To be honest there are many parts of the agreement which turn my stomach. The more I read, the more I picture the ghoulish spectre of Deviant Art looming over the art works which I've spent many long hours labouring over.

I'm pretty sure that anyone who knows me is aware of how protective and how possessive I am over my work, and I know that I'm not the only artist to feel this way. With this in mind, it's hardly surprising that I find myself unable to sign the proposed Submission Policy. I simply wouldn't feel safe putting my work on Deviant Art.

So, where does that leave me. Well, Deviant Art is a great gallery space. But to use that space you have to agree to their terms in full. Looking around for alternative sites reveals that there are indeed many which offer a similar community to Deviant Art but none which offer the same services. The main issue in this being the space to host images.

To be honest I feel like a very large rug has been pulled out from underneath me.

I guess there's very little I can do. Although I do plan on spending the rest of this afternoon removing a number of my pieces from the Deviant Art server.
Tags: art, deviant art, policy

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