I'm sorry to bring forth a touchy subject such as this as a first post, but I felt it had it be done in the light of a few recent posts. I am not condemning any of the people who made these posts, I'm merely pointing a few things out and asking what the people here think about it.
Recently, the following link to a post was made by one of the mods (billypilgrim) in this community:
Just today, the following post was made:
These posts contain images from quite a popular Japanese artist by the name of Haruka Sena. In the first post, I asked the mod to post a link to the artist's website because originally no credit was given to the artist behind the base used for icons 2. and 3.
The reason I'm making a post to point this out is simply because I feel that the matter of using artists' works for public purposes e.g Icons, livejournal layouts, website layouts, mood icons, etc witout their permission needed to be discussed in a friendly manner.
You don't have the permission of this artist to make public use of their work and I, personally, think that if you want to keep her work in your HD or have a wallpaper in your computer that's perfectly fine. I do, however, think it's unfair to this artist (or any other artist for that matter) to alter their works and then have them on display where people can see them (such as in the instances mentioned above) knowing fully well that on her website - even if you can't understand it - it says clearly that her work is copyrighted and you may not reproduce it in any shape or form under what I believe are Japanese laws of copyright (although I may be wrong about that last bit).
You could argue that it's not doing the artist any damage and that Hagaren is not her property to begin with, and I might be inclined to agree with you. Hagaren's original artwork is also copyrighted and yet I see no problem in using it in any of the public ways mentioned above. I would, however, ask you this:
Would you take (and perhaps alter) and use ART from sakkiarte, ponderosa121, art_de_cerise or, indeed, any of the other great artists that post here without their specific permission?
Art is a personal way of expression and these artists work very hard to make their work and websites unique, so that they can give visitors an original experience when viewing their work. Next time you think about using someone's art just because you don't know them personally or you think they'll never find out, I urge you to think twice. If you were the owner of such art, would YOU be happy people took it, used it and altered it without your permission?
I would like to hear what you guys, artists and non-artist alike, think of this.
Feel free to post away ^_^