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Dishonoured:

He stands before the adoring crowd,
Basking in their cheers and standing ovation.
But he has already been dishonoured -
By means of his perverse innovation.

For none could know of the dark secret;
About the art that he claims to be his own.
It is naught but an illusion, smoke and mirrors -
A theft for which he must atone...

But this disgusting creature, this worthless abhuman;
So desperate for the glory which he sees upon the stage!
Will quietly don the skin of another;
An urge he must assuage...

Biting his nails, a cracked smile upon his lips, he whispers:
"No one will know, no one will find it and I am great..."

-Chen Yuan Wen, 24th October 2012
If ye enjoyed this, please don't forget t' fave it, each one tells me yer actually enjoyin'. Otherwise I worry I may not be holdin' yer interest yar?

Now then, lads and lasses, I hope ye'll lend me ye ears fer awhile.

I've known about the problem of parasitic authors on DA fer quite awhile, but the problem doesn't seem t' be gettin' better. Rather, it's gettin' much worse.

What is a parasitic author? Someone who uses the artwork of another in their lit. submissions and doesn't give proper credit

Now, it's common knowledge. If ye don't own it, DON'T use it. That's infringement of copyright and t' use th' urban slang fer it, "You're dick-riding man..."

Essentially th' thing t' remember is that giving credit and asking fer permission is a common courtesy. A lot of artist simply like to put:

"Image not mine, searched it up"

Even if ye do a google search. Here's th' correct way t' do things:

"This image is not owned by me, the original artist is [website/artist name] and the original artwork can be found here: [link]. I have obtained the artist's permission to use it as a cover."

If everyone did that, then honestly, there wouldn't be any problems.

'owever, what I see most o' th' time is authors bein' VERY flippant about these basic rules o' courtesy and instead thinkin' that sayin' they don't own it, is enough t' allow them t' use it. They often like t' say:

"Hey man, chill, I'm not doing it for attention!"

But...if yer not...then why not let ye words speak fer themselves?

I think it is an extreme dishonour, upon all of us as poets, if we support those that unfairly abuse the works of others without concern fer the original artist. One of the groups I'm in has stated:

'No credit, no acceptance'. I think that's a fair rule because when you use something, ye must always give credit to one whose work ye are usin'.

Therefore, I implore ye all as me readers and fellow lit. folk. If ye see a piece with an art cover and it seems pretty clear from their gallery and description that they don't produce these covers. Then speak t' them and the original artist and make sure they understand that giving credit is the HONOURABLE way of usin' cover art. If ye don't give credit, then you'll lose yer honour.

Do ye want t' be like Prince Zuko? Didn't think so lads...

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Harryeagle Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  New member
Clever. Very clever. And you make a good point about copyright infringement as well.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you kindly friend ^^

-Chen :iconwordofchen:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Sorry, but I don't really beat around the bush. This specific poem was designed specifically for one topic and as such I didn't want anyone to 'draw their own conclusions'. It had a specific message and a specific purpose and it was delivered as such.

While I appreciate your suggestion, this poem was not done with interpretation in mind.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay then, but I still think there's more poetic spirit to be squeezed into this :) For example, instead of

"About the art that he claims to be his own"

maybe you could have

"Of colors and markings that came from others' hands"

or something... well that's terrible and doesn't fit with your meter, but you get what I mean. :) Even if you do want to be straightforward, poetry is about using descriptions. replacing the word "art" with the description "colors and markings" for example (like I said, that's terrible, I'm sure you could come up with something better. ^^; ) It's not beating around the bush, it's aesthetically pleasing wordplay. :)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Again, that's an aesthetic choice that I don't apply to all my works. Using wordplay isn't suited for every situation. Certainly if it is something funny or something to be laughed about then wordplay can help ease the mood. However, when it is something serious, you want to jar your audience. In that case, the poet's choice should be to use piercing truth and blunt wording in order to get the audience to feel...'oh crap, I've done it now'. Often when a human is caught out lying, their heart rate quickens and they feel disturbed; fight or flight kicks in. In the same way, it prevents the keen deceiver from feeling as though they are in their element. Subtle wordplay was used in court politics and situations of intrigue, but the best way to disrupt their game is to drive something blunt right in the middle. Hence why this piece is 'Dishonoured' ;3

If you are looking for the subtle stuff I will have pieces like that, but what I am trying to say is that you shouldn't expect it for every piece. After all I do many kinds of works ranging from vastly simplistic, to something very deep and meaningful. There is no particular reason for me to stay on one end of the spectrum ^^;

I'm afraid I will have to suggest that you find other more specialised poets if you only enjoy that type of subtly, more likely than not you'll find yourself displeased with my Slam, Urban and Emotional works since I cut right to the heart of the matter =P

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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freaky208 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you very much for honouring my work with a feature. I appreciate it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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freaky208 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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megamiaki364 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As expected, I like yet another of your works :)
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