Tubes and Sigs
Please, do not email me to request
I appreciate the courtesy and consideration,
this notice should contain all the information you need, and if your
use of images fits in these guidelines, you may consider permission
GRANTED. Emails requesting a usage covered by these guidelines
will NOT be responded to, because I would rather use my meager
time to create more art, rather than typing YET ANOTHER response to YET
ANOTHER sig/tag group. Please, just read, and post this notice to your
group as your notification of my permissions and restrictions, along
with a link to this page for future updates as they may be necessary.
I have been considering whether or not to allow “tubes” to be made of
my artwork. On the one hand, I do not mind having my art used for
people’s avatars or in sig images for message boards – personal use.
However, I am very leery of having my art stripped of its backgrounds
and posted online as tubes. Even if a particular group is ethical and
courteous in its use, there is nothing to stop the unscrupulous or
ignorant from taking images from the group and propagating or selling
these images wherever they choose. As a result, I have come up
with the following policies:
--You may not make money off of my work. If you are being paid in any
way, shape, or form for the use of my artwork, then you may not use my
--No tubes of my artwork may be posted online or otherwise distributed.
(I am aware that at one
time I granted one, now-defunct, group permission for tubes, but as
that group is no longer in existence, that is not an issue.) If you
have tubes with my artwork on your site, please remove them. This
includes private distribution!
--You may still use my artwork for sigs and the like, as long as the
manipulator of the image works from one of my original uploaded files,
and a copyright notice crediting me as artist is put on the finished
piece. This is to say, the person making the sig starts with my picture
with copyright notice and finishes with a sig with copyright notice,
and no intermediary stages sans
copyright notice are posted online, shared, or
saved for future use. Completed sigs (with appropriate copyright
notice) may be posted online and shared.
--Avatars that are too small to have a graphic copyright notice (i.e.
the 100x100 LiveJournal icons, or 80x80 message board icons) may be
made freely for personal use, as long as I am given credit when they
are posted somewhere (as opposed to used). Again, these should be made
from my original uploaded files and thumbnails.
--Linkware websets may be made as long as an appropriate copyright/link
button is part of the set. Please note that any websites I find using
such websets WITHOUT appropriate copyright information and linkage will
be considered illegal, and will be pursued as such.
--Please do not make the sigs or icons defamatory to their subjects.
This is hard to define, but I know it when I see it, and if I see it
you will be requested to take it offline.
--Links back are appreciated and encouraged, but not required for
personal use. They ARE required if a sig is posted online, however.
--Please note that this does not include any works of my creation which
are under contract to any other individual or company. If you wish to
use a commissioned piece I have done of someone else’s characters, you
MUST have that commissioner’s permission! Some examples of this include
Tali Hartoh-Mason (M. Mitchell Marmel), Midnight (Bernard Doove), and
Vicky Scent & Marion Fox (Scott Alston), as well as any art or
manga I have had published under contract.
If you are uncertain whether your planned use is allowable or not,
please assume it is NOT. Unfortunately,
I do not have time to respond to inquiries about image usage. If your
use fits my policy, go ahead. If it does not, don't do it.
This notice may be posted on sig and tube groups as long as it is
posted in its entirety, with no omissions or embellishments. (Other
artists who find this policy suits their own needs may use the text as
they see fit to refer to their own works.)
Bridget E. Wilde