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Your Personal Stock Terms

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 11, 2010, 10:58 AM

The Language You Use Is Very Important

deviantART has a large and devoted stock resource community and we really do appreciate their presence and their generosity with the community.

I do have something very important I'd like to mention for everyone who offers some sort of stock resource so hopefully those who read my journal will help to disseminate the information and spread it around to those who might not otherwise read it.

The concern that I have is Terms of Use.

Officially deviantART maintains only one "automatic" restriction and that is "No Commercial Use" and that particular restriction can easily be overridden by the actual stock provider.

As far as official policy is concerned each stock resource provider is free to attach any Terms of Use, restrictions or requirements that they see fit and I and my staff will do the best we can to help you enforce your rules when you need the assistance.

We only ask a few things from you in return.

Your terms or restrictions should be easy to find, they should be clearly written and understandable and, if you need our help to enforce them, they should be easy for the staff to verify.

Unfortunately there are certain terms, requirements and restrictions that we have trouble helping you out with and I'm going to briefly run through the ones which are the major problems here and suggest ways that you can help us to help you with a minimum of pain and anguish.


The Problem
You want to be notified via comment, via note, via email, letter, carrier pigeon, etc.

Unfortunately the staff either has a hard time confirming whether or not this required notification has happened or just plain cannot verify at all because of the way you want it done.

The Solution
Instead of asking for notification ask for proper crediting in the Artist Comments, or have them watermark a credit directly on the work. Having the credit attached to the work is far easier for the staff to verify than some private conversation.


The Problem
You want your resource to have at least a certain amount of "something" done to it, for example you don't want to just see some Motion Blur applied and the whole thing thing tinted blue; you want actual effort invested and major changes done.

It is very important that your minimum requirements sound like requirements and not like preferences and that they can't be interpreted as being optional.

The Solution
Make certain that you state these minimum requirements in no uncertain terms. Don't say, "Please do more than change the color", instead state, "Every use of this resource MUST consist of substantial manipulation". Don't say, "You must change it by at least 25%" because someone might argue with what you consider to be "25%" and the staff is more likely to agree with you if you don't think something was "substantially manipulated".


The Problem
You want your resource to include something specific so you ask, "Please Do X", or, "I prefer that you do Y".

Like the last item it is very important that your requirements sound like requirements and not like preferences and that they can't be interpreted as being optional. If your requirement sounds uncertain or more like a request or anything other than a hard-and-fast "Must Be Done" rule then the staff may have a hard time backing up your claim.

The Solution
Make certain that you state these minimum requirements in no uncertain terms. Don't say, "Please include a triangle shape in every use", instead state, "Every use of this resource MUST contain a triangle shape in the finished product". Make certain that your requirement clearly reads like a requirement.


The Problem
You don't want your resource to be used a certain way so you say, "No magical themes", or , "No disrespect to women allowed".

It is very important that your restrictions be clearly defined, if your definition isn't crystal clear the staff may find themselves unable to agree that your restrictions were ignored.

The Solution
Make certain that your restrictions are crystal clear; don't say, "No magical themes", say, "No manipulations including magical themes such as warlocks, wizards, witch doctors, fairies, dragons, elves, or other mythological creatures or related subjects".

By giving examples of how you don't want it used both the community and the staff will have a better understanding of your definition and what you don't want. Always try to be very clear in your restrictions.

I hope this helps everyone out there who has been generous enough to offer resources up to the community.

As always we're always available for questions and assistance, even if it might take awhile to get a personal reply =p

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dt7Stock Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010   Photographer
This is most helpful, thank you :)
jezebe11e Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Your journals are the reason I'm still wishing for a :+favlove: button for journals. :clap:
Helewidis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Photographer
what tempst said :B

tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student Writer
Yes sir =p.

I've missed reading your journals. :excited:
ellastasia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Btw, your third to last stamp in your custom journal box has transformed from an image into text. :)
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh-huh. I can really control what happens to ANY deviation once it is posted on the Internet. Not. Which is exactly why my "rules" state on my profile page that I couldn't care less what anyone does with my stock on or off dA. What I find truly amusing are those deviants who state "If you don't obey my rules I'll hunt you down..." Pause. Ahhhhhh-hahahahahahahaha! And just how is anyone going to peruse billions of images on the Internet to find some violation of a stock gallery's rule?

It is quite nice of dA to post these clarifications for stock artists. Especially for those who seem to have more limitations than allowances for stock. My heart pumps peanut butter for them.
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Dan-Heffer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, thanks for this :D :salute:
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
Good to know. I have a simple rule guide in each deviation and an expanded TOS in my journal
mimustock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
very good information. thank you!
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