I am sure this has been discussed before and it's a difficult one!
How I personally feel
I share most of my work both here, on Pinterest, on my blog, Facebook, Flickr and several other sites. I also share the work of other Artist's I admire. But I and they hold the copyright and sharing is one thing but having it turn up as a background for some one else's work is another! But having said that who hasn't done this :-
Ignorance is bliss, and in the past some one else's photography often served as a starting point for one of my manipulations. Nowadays I don't do it, no matter how much the image calls to me! So how do you know what people are happy to share?
As far as DeviantArt goes a "stock" image is an image that some one has distributed as stock and is happy for it to be cut up and re used as part of any and all digital manipulations. These are freely distributed but it is polite to credit the source and post a link to the source file so that the "owner" can see what you have done. However if you give your images as stock then you cannot take then back.
Royalty Free Graphics are distributed freely for the use of anybody, anywhere and in any way they choose to use them
Sources of royalty free
graphics outside of Deviant Art......
are images that are made to share. They are (except in the case of commercial sites) free to download for use on your computer desktop
. They remain the intellectual property of their creator and you may NOT cut them up or sell them on
Parameter Sharing is a way of sharing fractal art. Copy and paste text file into program i.e Ultra Fractal, Apophysis. Fractal artists freely share these files and it is polite to link back and "credit" the source. Note: It is accepted custom to tweak the parameters to make a substantially different image. Simply changing the colour gradient is not enough.
Creative Commons is the licensing that an image is shared under
Zip Files/Rar Archives
Are used less often nowadays because of the possibility of virul content. Note any downloadable archive should be scanned as a matter of course before opening.
Is drawings, paintings, digital art that contains recognisable people, cartoon/game/manga characters etc. Sometimes using original photographs, royalty free
graphics and free stock images/vector graphics
Are composite (layered) images made from freely distributed stock, royalty free graphics and purchased stock (see shutterstock) or stock owned by you. See "credit" source.
Depends on the content.If a graphic i.e wallpaper is meant for general use then you will see the download button. Note because an artist allows the download of their graphics it does not mean it is stock and you can add it to your "Wonderful" creation. What it does mean is that the copyright holder is happy for you to share it "as is" on social media sites i.e Pinterest, Facebook, or use it as a wallpaper on your desktop.
Tutorials come in a variety of formats i.e. zip file, downloadable .jpg, PDF? and parameter packs
Crediting Source - One of my pet peeves on Pinterest, Red Bubble, Tumblr etc is a graphic that doesn't link back to source. If you share then please always link back to source.
Created in 2009 by Peggi Woolf, this beautiful graphic has been circulated as far away as Russia
This first Link is to a blog that seeks to demystify the definitions of what is and what isn't copyright theft
A great tip widely shared on Pinterest that I find really helpful
It's quite possible that I have forgotten something so If any one has any links or tips they would like to share please add as a comment. This document can be updated!