EDIT: You might have to full screen it or download it for it to display properly. Thank you!
I had this in the process for awhile. There was a contest on here about what you, as a member of DA, would like to see improved. I remember one of this issues I had was I reported some users for selling fan art (which is illegal) and the staff didn't care, they basically said "well everyone does it". I felt highly offended at that remark and concept. So, I figured I would enter the contest with this as my backup- a booklet, raising awareness on how fan art is deemed illegal, and the US laws to back it up. Not only that, but to show the audience and artists of DA how US Law and copyright come into place, all in one.
Now I was worried that when posting this, some of my friends might feel offended because I have a lot of friends who do enjoy fan art, and this book isn't to offend or say fan art is bad, or put anybody and their work down, but rather to raise awareness and have this as a reference here on DA, for everybody to look at, see, and refer to.
This book is from a creative professionals outlook, from my experiences and research. I want to try and show high school students or individuals looking into art school or college what to do, and from experiences, what to not do.
To prevent the book from sounding so negative, I added a questionnaire at the end for users to comment if they agree, disagree, or are neutral to the topic. I wanted to involve the community somehow, the audience of DA. So I asked some of my watchers to participate, and am thankful for those who did. I am always open to suggestions and recommendations on this topic. Instead of aiming this towards the DA staff, I am working more towards the artists in this community.
Now for people who know me, I am not a fanartist. I would like to add a section FOR people who are fanartists, and their view on the subject, perhaps the subject through their eyes. A hobbyist which is more appropriate, to showcase if the creative professional has a point, the carelessness of corporations, etc. I might eventually post this later on my website.
So if there are any fan artists out there, who feel their personal rights are being threatened, or if any professionals out there had an issue with this topic, feel free to post your experiences, thoughts, feelings, etc. If you would like me to include your feedback in the book, please message me. I would be more than happy to talk with others interested in this topic. If you are NOT from the USA and would like to talk about the laws in your country regarding infringement and fan art, I would be more than happy to speak with you about that, and adding perhaps another section on foreign law.
Thank you all. Please be respectful and professional about this. It might not be every-bodies taste, but I do respect each and every-bodies opinions, whether it be for the topic or not, which I am stating not only here, but in the book ALONG with the inspiration to why I am posting this.
If you have any questions or see errors, please do say so. I didn't see any; I kept the user comments unedited so people could see how they feel through their eyes and words.
Again, thanks to those who participated: ~osmanassem