Even as content industries, patent trolls, and cretins shamelessly abuse their monopoly privileges, some of their behavior filters down to creators with even less to gain from such behavior. The false concepts of idea “ownership” and permission culture are a flesh-melting venom chewing away at our creative body.
One of the most egregious examples is more or less the entire deviantART community. Nowhere else can you find so many amateur artists attaching inane restrictions and “licensing” restrictions to their work—so much so that the “stock” section of the community is essentially useless for use as actual stock. Unless, I suppose, you’re of the breed whose creations are limited to compiling a few images to blend with brushes and filter effects—a specimen found in profusion on dA.
I’ve seen people discontinue work on beloved community projects like game mods or apps because some nitwit did something or other with the content that the author didn’t like. And of course, there’s the Lego community and its artisans who attempt to assert some kind of “right” over their models, ranging from overall designs and instructions to specific techniques. I even saw that on the entirely safe for work (seriously) YouTube video for “Batman XXX,” the commentariat was arguing over whether or not the parody violated copyrights and trademarks.
It’s as though these people, indiscriminately abused by major industries, can’t wait to turn around and heap the same abuse on others. What the no-name deviantArtists, modders, and builders fail to realize is that sharing their creations is about the best thing they could do for themselves—creating fans, expanding reputation, and establishing themselves as valuable members of their respective communities.
…the whole basis of IP law is that the creator (or those who are granted permission) has control.gambort, comment on The Brothers Brick
No, that isn’t at all what it was about. It’s ostensibly about promoting cultural progress, as set forth in the US Constitution, and in actuality, the purpose of copyright and other monopolies is simply to reward whoever the monopoly is granted to.
The message for today’s artists is simple: stop worrying about what other people are doing with your stuff and work on improving your own operational model. If somebody copying what you do is devastating, you’re doing it wrong.