You might have heard the war cry of the DeviantArt artist — “This is my art, no stealing!!1!” — and laughed at the sloppily recoloured image of a Sonic the Hedgehog character or a badly traced My Little Pony horse. However, do you know how long it took the artist to edit the image? Even if these characters are just different colours with different names, do you know about their detailed backstory? What can people use and call their own and what is stealing art? Why am I even making a fuss about online art theft at all?!
Copyright is confusing as is without bringing the online world into the fray, but this blog aims to give some insight into what artists and non-artists can do with the cool pictures they find on the Internet. One day, there will be a world where art is free to be shared without the fear of theft. #deathtoarttheft