What is bandwidth
What is copyright?
Copyright is a law that protects artists and
other creators from the theft of their creations. This theft is called
What exactly constitutes copyright infringement?
To quote directly from www.rightsforartists.com/
"INFRINGEMENT- The unlawful use, redistribution
and/or exploitation of intellectual property that is protected by copyright,
patent or trademark.
"The four basic elements that can establish
• All of the work is exactly copied or reproduced
• Part of the work is copied or reproduced
• Reworking (or paraphrasing)
• Copying the TOTAL concept, feel or essence
of a work "
Infringement can be punished by law including
but not limited to recovery of monetary losses, punitive damages and/or
misdemeanor or criminal prosecution."
Common examples of copyright infringement
• Reposting artwork without the consent of the original artist
another person's artwork as your own
• Using characters that belong to others
without permission or credit
• Altering (i.e. coloring Katarina pink or putting another head on her
Once an image is created, it becomes the intellectual property of the
creator, regardless of it having a copyright symbol. None of my artwork or writing is "public domain," and
it should not be used, distributed, reproduced, or altered without my permission,
except in the case of personal usage. It doesn't matter if you're making
any money off of it or not - it's still violating someone else's rights.
In other words, look, but please don't
For more on copyright, please see
Why do artists get
so angry when it comes to copyright?
There are some individuals who claim that
copying is the highest form of flattery. This is not true.
Most artists won't be flattered if you copy from them. Artists put a lot
of time and effort (and sometimes a lot of money) into their creations;
having someone rip off their hard work makes them very angry. Saying that
you should be honored when someone steals your art is like saying you should be
happy that someone stole your car because that means that someone out there
really likes it.
As for the naysayers that claim you shouldn't put your artwork on the internet if
you don't want to have it stolen, I say this - would you scoff at someone
who had just had their new car stolen and tell them that they shouldn't
have taken it out of their garage? Blaming the artist instead of
the thief is asinine. Besides, the internet would be a very boring
place if no one braved the risk of theft to display their art and writing.
Can you imagine an internet with no text or images? It wouldn't be
Some people violate copyright on purpose
for their own profit whereas others honestly just don't know that what
they are doing is wrong. Please be aware that copyright infringement
wrong. Copyright infringement is not only disrespectful towards the
hard-working artist; it is also illegal and prosecutable in almost every
country in the world. This practice is very dangerous, and it can
lead to the perpetrator being taken to court and being sued. Even
if no legal action comes from it, it can still damage your reputation.
Obviously, it's to your own advantage not to do this. Please discourage
others from copyright infringement.
Unless it specifically says that it is royalty free clipart
or photography, art that is up on the internet
is not free and up for grabs. It has a creator. Please keep
this, and that creator's feelings and legal rights, in mind.
What are your copyright
and usage policies?
What you *are* allowed to do with my artwork:
Download my artwork for you personal enjoyment
or offline reference
• Use my artwork as your desktop wallpaper
Print out a copy of my artwork for your own
personal enjoyment (not for resale)
Use my artwork on your site, or as an icon/profile picture, provided that you follow the guidelines
What you are *not* allowed to do with my artwork:
Resell or use my artwork as "clipart" or as
a part of a "collection"
Make your own prints or merchandise of my artwork for resale
• Make your own site using my artwork without
• Copy my artwork, either by tracing or "by
eye", without credit
• Claim my artwork as your own work
Alter my artwork and repost it as your own
Repost my artwork with the signature and/or
any copyright information on the image removed
• Use images hosted on this site elsewhere online
Hotlink to any image on this site
see anyone using my work in any of these ways without obvious consent,
please let me know.
If you wish to use my art on your website,
please see this section.
Can I copy or trace your
artwork to help me learn?
Please don't. I obviously can't stop
you, but copying won't help you learn. Copying can be a good exercise
and isn't necessarily a bad thing to do; however, iff ALL you do is straight
copying, it won't help you grow artistically. Until you understand what
you're creating and attempting to improve upon it and make it your own, it
remains just that - copying. Besides, there are plenty of errors in my
artwork that you'll just reproduce if you copy.
If you insist on copying my art to help
you learn, please don't post it online unless you mention that I drew the
original. If you draw something based on one of my images, please
give me credit for the original idea. It doesn't take that much effort
to type, "Inspired by art by Kayleen Connell" or something similar. It's just plain rude
to do otherwise. As for flat out taking my art and claiming it as
your own or altering it and claiming it as your own - that's just lame
and you only wind up hurting your own reputation.
Can I draw a picture
of one of your characters?
Sure! I love to see what my characters look like in other people's styles!
All I ask is that you please don't draw my characters in anything higher than a
PG-13 context. If you do draw any of my characters, please make sure that
if you post the image somewhere you mention that the character belongs to me.
Also, I'd appreciate it if you send me a copy of it so I can see it ^_^
Can I use your art on my website and/or make it into an
If you're not making any money off of it, it's okay as long as you follow these guidelines: