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May 6, 2013


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Hey guys! I don't usually push causes and things on people, but I thought this was important enough to share with you all, as it is something that effects the art community as a whole.  The UK government recently pushed legislation through parliament that essentially legalizes art theft from the internet.

:iconseasonaldragon1: has brought this issue to my attention.  Here is an excerpt from a note she wrote to me:

   "I was wondering if you could help raise awareness.

  The UK government has passed new legislation making it legal for images to basically be taken off the internet and be resold and reused without recognition or payment of the            original artist.

   There is a government e-petition against this, and I would be extremely grateful if you could raise awareness of this amongst your watchers in the UK.

   The situation is explained better on the petition page.
   (Link to the petition:… )

   As many people need to know about this as possible, and sign the petition to get this government decision overturned.

Thank you for your time,
Season (Rebecca Higgins)"

This isn't just something that effects the UK, this decision effects ALL OF US.  What kind of message are we sending as artists if we sit back and let legislation like this get passed?
Anyway, I hope you will take some time to read up on this issue and perhaps sign the e-petition if you are a UK resident.  Sadly only UK residents can sign the petition, but it is still a good idea to be informed about such issues.

Thank you :)  

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spiritbreeze Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tip-off, I'm British and hadn't got a clue about it! The petition is now signed and spread all over facebook! Yet another one of our crackpot Governments ideas! I know it is making a lot of people who can't sign the petition angry, but please, don't blame the British people, most of us don't agree with the stupid ideas our Government come up with, there has been so many of them recently :angered:

I know its a long-shot but maybe if people outside the UK inundated the Government with e-mails telling them how you feel, maybe Cameron will do another of his famous u-turns! :fork:
Lucky978 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm glad to help spread the word!
And no worries, I definitely don't blame you guys! The US government has a lot of asinine ideas that a lot of us don't agree with XD
spiritbreeze Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Silende Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So basically people in the UK can sell my art without my permission even though I live in the US, and I'm not allowed to have a say?
seasonaldragon1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
If your work has been shared somewhere and it is not clear who the original artist is, then potentially yes.
It's ridiculous, I know. That's why as many UK artists as possible need to sign the petition to get rid of this legislation.
Silende Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could sign the petition...
Furnami Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw... I don't know anyone that lives there :/ Anyways REALLY!?!?!?!?!?!?! LIKE SERIOUSLY WHY....JUST WHY WOULD SOMEONE EVEN THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA.
spicydoq Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHAT!? That's just sick! I've heard of it on Tumblr, too! WHY THE HECK!? ARE PEOPLE JUST GETTING LAZY!? Do it yourselves, people! I wisj I could duplicate myself into multiple UK residents and sign the petition!
xXLeokitty13Xx Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
That's terrible! Who in their right mind would try to pass such a harmful law. I don't see any upsides and i'm sure plenty of you are with me that it's a big problem that theft is being promoted. No obvious logic has been put into any of this non-sense. This is offending to me, and most likely a lot of artists around the world no matter if they live in the UK or not.


Thanks Lucky for bringing this to our attention!

Panthiguar Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is horrifying. While I do not live in the UK, this shocks and upsets me greatly. Why would anyone allow such a thing to be legal? Isn't that going against human's rights to property? What...just what were they thinking? This affects all of us too, because I assume, anyway, that UK residents can take any art from the internet, whether the original owner lives in Europe, Asia, America; anywhere in the world. My art could be out there right friend's art...your art! There would be nothing we could do about it, even if we were lucky enough to discover it. While it's true this was possible before, the fact that it has been made legal somewhere is just appalling. :disbelief: I'll be sure to begin covering all of my posts with watermarks. I work hard to share stuff with people to enjoy...I don't need someone else profiting off of it.
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