You remember that post about the homestuck t-shirt design contest collaborating with hot topic? And how Hot Topic are the biggest art thieves? This is recent. As you can see above, I stumbled upon Hot Topic’s website and they are selling a very popular fan art put on a t-shirt, and did not ask permission from the original artist (rismo).
This shows Hot Topic still continues their art thievery. Hot Topic are still taking art from artists without their permission. This is disrespectful and appalling.
EXCEPT YOU DID GIVE THEM YOUR PERMISSION.
BY AGREEING TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON DEVIANT ART.
THEY SOLD IT TO A THIRD PARTY ROYALTY-FREE.
woah oops deleting my deviantart account
*instantly puts logo on my best pictures*
6. Payment Unless otherwise agreed between Artist and deviantART in a writing from deviantART, the license granted to deviantART under this Agreement is royalty-free.
DeviantArt you literal piece of shit
This is the stuff of nightmares. How dare they.
I could swear it wasn’t like that when I first signed up. When did they sneak in this utter BS into the terms of service?! O_o This is appalling!!
Usually when someone on tumblr mentions something that sounds too douchebaggy to believe it possible, it’s often an overreaction, but in this case it’s all true. Holy crap.
It’s not even Hot Topic’s fault, they’re just a shirt company paying another company to license rights to make a shirt. The douchebaggery comes from DA. (Never let them sell prints of your stuff, that’s how they get HQ versions of our images to use for such purposes.)
Time to only post tiny versions of fanarts and watermark heavily everything. :(
this is why I deleted my dA account years ago. they have ridiculous rules that betray the artists AND they do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about art theft, especially within the community.