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Should graphic artists be scared at all about anyone stealing their artworks?


Question

Are you guys scared at all about anyone stealing your art? What should designers do about it if it happens?

I want to post my own art at Instagram or Deviant, now that I'm improving but all the time I hear of people saying that some guy stole their art and posted it as his own and stuff like that, and I want to show my art to get critiques and advice but I don't really want someone to do that to me.

Someone told me use watermark but Watermark is not helpful for me. For example i will remove dredd from stock photo :(

Stock Image Free to use its just an example guys ;)

So Watermark is not Helpful.

2015/04/14
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4/14/2015 6:07:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Are you guys scared at all about anyone stealing your art?

No. Not scared. It's of no immediate risk to me if someone downloads an image I created.

What would you guys do about it if it happens?

If there is clear intent to profit off my work, I may then decide to fight it through legal channels. What those channels are depends heavily on your location on this planet and the location of the infringer.

As mentioned, there really aren't technical ways to handle it. Copyright infringement is a legal construct--not a technical one. Watermarks are about as best you can do but, honestly, I've never seen a watermark make an image look better. :)

2015/04/14
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4/14/2015 2:20:00 PM

There isn't much you can do to stop someone from stealing your artwork. The only way is to not posting your artwork online. A watermark will not be 100% effective but it will help. I also wouldn't upload 100% quality large artwork.

Another more tedious way (only work on personal site) is to split an image into multiple images and place them next to eachother. This could be more work than it is worth.

Also if you have your own website. You can tell Google to not catalog your images. This will make the image not searchable in Google. This code would go into your robots.txt file.

website:
User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /

One thing I wouldn't do is stop people from right-clicking on a personal website. I think this is an ineffective way at preventing theft and will cause more of a usability issue for most users than for people taking your work.

I wouldn't let the possibility of someone taking your art stop you from exposing your artwork online. You can always reverse image search your artwork as well.

2015/04/14