"UK.Gov passes Instagram Act"
I am by no means an expert on legalities. I don't know if this goes the same for writers. I only know what I know by reading this article. And by talking with a friend or two about it.
I don't even know if this is Legit.
All I know is that Instagram has been trying to claim your uploads for a while now. I am NOT a member of Instagram, so I do not really follow the issue much. So this is not too far fetched for me to believe.
I got the link to the article via a post on FB from a Pro Artist.
But what I do know ,and encourage you to do, is to watermark your work. Sign your work. Make an effort to let it be known that YOU are the artist who drew it. If the work "belongs" to an artist, it is not "orphaned" or "public domain".
Regardless as to weather this is true or not. You should always watermark your work Message as posted on FB
And I know I already shared this on FB, but , guys.
!!!!!!!WATERMARK YOUR WORK!!!!!!
If someone takes your work and then re-posts it on a site, and your work is not watermarked. Things may become a bit more difficult for you.
So WATERMARK EVERYTHING!
Do NOT let your work become "orphaned" work.
Watermark, multiple times if you have to. Watermark with your name or artist name, and watermark with your main websites (Example, I put "DJ88.Deviantart.com" on the bottom of my recent images.) Or I put the noticeable and often times hard to remove "DJ88" or "©DJ88" over the faces/characters of my drawings I upload.
Watermark your work guys 8( End of Message as posted on FB
Do not let your art become "orphaned works".
Also I am glad that I do not have an Instagram. I have known that they wanted to reserve the right to sell any image that YOU upload. Weather it's a photo or a drawing.
So if you have an instagram, be careful as to what you upload there.
As far as watermarking goes?
You should add you website, a signature, and a/or a © watermark. 1 or all of those things may help.
If you are drawing fanart. You should note in your watermark that the art is yours but the character belongs to the respected owner(s).
Example; "Art by DJ88 DJ88.Deviantart.Com Simba/The Lion King © Disney/Walt Disney Pictures"
For those who are asking, here is a tutorial made by Kamakru
on how to watermark your work via Photoshop;
Any other program? Google a tutorial. I am not an expert on every program. If the program does not offer text, you can add the signature through copying/pasting, or drawing it by hand with the Tablet/mouse, or even Scan it in.