I'm mainly talking to dollers who own websites here.
covers more of it in her journal which can be seen here - [link]
I suggest you all read it.
I am sorry this is happening to us and would like to assure you that on deviantArt your work is under copyright protection, and it should be on your websites, but people don't see that.
ASSUME EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET IS COPYRIGHTED BECAUSE IT MOST LIKELY IS.
You do not need to register your work to have protection, the fact that you made it is enough that people should not be stealing your work.
I would like to quote a few things here from the United States Government Copyright Website"When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.
Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created."
however your work has to be registered if you want to bring a lawsuit up. "Can I copyright my website?
The original authorship appearing on a website may be protected by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright.
Does my work have to be published to be protected?
Publication is not necessary for copyright protection. "
as for fair use"How much of someone else's work can I use without getting permission?
Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports."
blinkied dolls are not commentary, critisism, news reports or a scholarly report.
See - [link]
- for the full fair use laws.
Sorry to bring you all such bad news but hope we can get it sorted shortly.
If you see a work that you feel deserves a DD drop me a note titled "DD Suggestion" or something similar, with a link to the piece and a short description as to why you feel they deserve it.
-Make sure they haven't had a DD in the Last 3 months
-I also will not
be featuring anything that has been traced.
For more details about DDs see This Journal Entry
come join us in the digital dolls chatroom, grand opening with lots of prizes to be announced soon.
Until Next time
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