Topic: Purpose of this forum and rules for images use

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and on a site like this one, almost entirely dedicated to writers and words, this is the space for pictures and artists.

This forum has two purposes, because there are two kind of pictures which can be posted here: exhibitions and commissions.

  • Exhibitions are pictures posted freely by an artist. They can be related to a specific sim (for example, a character portrait, the illustration of a specific scene) or totally creative. Each Phoenix user has the right to create their own thread and to showcase their art.

  • Commissions are pictures created by an artist on specific request by a Phoenix user. Requests must be made in the dedicated thread, and when an artist agrees to work on the request, they must notify as such in the requests thread, but then post the resulting picture(s), and possible further modifications, in their own thread with an accompanying notification in the requests thread (preferably linking to the appropriate post in their own).

General rules for images use are the following:

Artists remain the original copyright holders for all pictures posted on this site. No one is authorised to "steal" pictures or use them without the artist's authorisation.

Requests: the requester is the only one authorised to use the pictures provided by the artist, and they always have "pre-emption" rights. If someone else wants to use a request, they must first obtain authorisation from both the artist AND the original requester.

Exhibitions: no one can use them without the artist's permission. If said permission is granted to a specific user, the exhibition becomes for all purposes related to Phoenix a request made by that user.

If not differently specified, every artwork requested or exhibited here can be used for non-commercial purposes only. It is recommended that Artists and Requesters explicitly agree in written form if their transaction requires stricter rules (i.e. if a payment is required, or commercial usage is involved).

All pictures posted must obviously respect the site rules and the host's terms of service. The Graphics Officer will inform the GC if inappropriate pictures are posted.

Last edited by Euan Reid (2013-08-15 16:58:47)

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Re: Purpose of this forum and rules for images use

Can I suggest that artists making commissions should post again in the request thread (possibly quoting their own post, or editing it) when the commission is done, with a link to the relevant post in their own thread? Just as a notification of sorts.

Also, regarding permission for use on exhibitions, perhaps it should "[become] for all intents and purposes a request made by that user for the purposes of use on Phoenix"? For instance, if someone wants to ask permission to use an exhibition piece on another site, then it should really only be up to the artist to grant or deny it, since unlike a request it wasn't explicitly made for a particular use.

Re: Purpose of this forum and rules for images use

Euan,

these are great suggestions! Could you please "proofcheck" my English and merge them inside the text? I do not trust my knowledge of the language when "legal" matters are involved.

The bottom line (and I hope this is clear enough, but it does not hurt to repeat it) is: the artist is the king. Usually artists are glad when their work is appreciated and used, but do not take permissions for granted. Always ask first!  big_smile

Of course this rule is valid for use inside Phoenix and all the more if someone wants to use an image outside it!

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Re: Purpose of this forum and rules for images use

In that case, I've added the changes, and tweaked a few things in the original post for flow. I also changed "customer" to requester, since it seemed a more appropriate word and I took from the "s that you were yourself not entirely satisfied with the word. Mostly left it as-is though smile

Re: Purpose of this forum and rules for images use

Perfect, Euan, thank you!!!  big_smile

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Re: Purpose of this forum and rules for images use

Rules updated according to this discussion.

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