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Watermark Your Work! Instagram Act

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 29, 2013, 3:09 PM
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read this
"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.
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.


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 "" 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).
"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;
Watermark Tutorial - Photoshop by Kamakru
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.


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Davesfotowerks Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
My copyright info is embedded in the file.
PaintedCricket Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's a PDF of this thing.
TheDnDking Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
So what is going on?
DarkLordZil Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
There's a reason the journal was posted. Read it.
TheDnDking Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I did. I just didn't quite understand. But I don't have to care. I'm US, not UK
Quiet-Adopts Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You realize Instagram is an international website right?  It doesn't matter if your US or UK.
TheDnDking Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Well I'm not on it. Don't really care.
Quiet-Adopts Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
No one said you had to be on it.  Anyone can copy and paste a picture.
Venetia-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
May I copy and paste this in my journal???? :(
Thanks for telling us! :)
PaintedCricket Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wouldn't the laws where you can't use a person's image (usually the face or just whatever's recognizeable, though I think it should apply to the whole body) without their consent still be in effect? I mean, maybe they could sell your vacation pictures of the Rocky Mountains (and drawings), but not your own picture.

The law as it was was fine. I mean, for every event and purpose, you can assume that a digital work won't be public domain for the next 70 years (art becomes public domain a certain time after an artist' death). And even when people sign so badly, the name is unrecognizable, the year is usually there, so 75 years after that, assuming the person finished their work and died on the spot. And for the unsigned ones, it's still just as vague as ever, I suppose.
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