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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