Not crediting the work that artists feel is theirs is NOT copyright infringement.
Copyright infringement is when a piece of work is taken VERBATIM and passed off as one’s own for PROFIT without request or attribution.
FAN ART is art made by fans of a previous media request. In our case Lucasfilm, a company commissions work by artists that it will pay them to produce works for their use with a contract. The works are then released, most likely a movie, TV show, or novel (games too), and then FANS, who are artists, use Disney Lucasfilm trademarked items to create derivatives of work.
Since the items are trademarked to Disney Lucasfilm, they are the only ones who can assume any “copyright” or “infringement,” and they do, sometimes.
Fans who use these trademarked items cannot assume a trademark or copyright on their derivative works for any major remuneration. Sorry. That’s how it is.
Some of that is changing how it works online.
The best thing fan artists can do is:
WATERMARK the art.
Please dO NOT POST it online, ever.
REQUEST attribution with no snarkiness
Or you can allow people to share your art. You can also put code in the electronics that lead to your online store. Unsure how to do that.
But all of these take a business plan.
This cannot be about the emotional discharging of morals. This is about business. We are about business and what hate-filled rage attack post rants do is HARM business owners. There is ZERO emotion here. Just professional logic in business.
If you require a lawyer’s services to protect your art, please, by all means, get one.
Other than that, aggressive behavior is meted out by a block. That works for us, well. If we encounter hate-filled anon rage posts, we block, refuse to answer, and kick the few out of the 300 million blogs on Tumblr.
We will aim to attribute as much as we can. When we do not know, we will put it out there because a Google search, which is a different company than Tumblr, is not as accurate as you’d think. Still, reporting and killing blogs for an erroneous assumption on YOUR PART will make our lawyers SUE you for VIOLATION OF OUR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION and a just cause to do legal-tendered business.
Here, buy something: shopDisney
We have paid for art before. So we will put our money where our mouth is. At the moment our reach is 30,000 people cross platform.
LET US BE MORE BLUNT: YOU HAVE NO PROTECTIONS ON FAN ART UNLESS YOU ARE PAID BY LUCASFILM!
COPPING A SQUAT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ON PREVIOUSLY COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS WILL GET YOU SUED OR A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER. I’ve seen Lucasfilm do that before.
SINCE LUCASFILM DID NOT ASK YOU CREATE THE ART, YOU CANNOT MAKE ANY DEMANDS ON ITS USE. SORRY THAT’S THE NAME OF THE ENTERTAINMENT GAME! You do not own the rights to the material.
WATERMARK YOUR ART. SAD BUT TRUE. We make a derivative, we do it. That way, we don’t care if someone lifts it.
On our commissions, SWAG 77 as a legal business entity, a Limited Liability Company, has affiliations with several other businesses that permit us to do things that other individuals might not be able to do. We have worked at this for 5 years and have had a Fan Table at Star Wars Celebrations for 2 years.
If you do not understand what I’m saying, then you need to BLOCK IGNORE BAN this blog and all our associated blogs. Because you will NEVER understand. I am responsible for what I say, not what you understand. There is a thing called Google.
Tone police me and I will block ignore ban your account on all my social media and make a post of the atrocity. This is business.
This post is not about attributions. We strive to give as many attributions as possible. THIS POST IS ABOUT SHARING ART TO A BROADER AUDIENCE NOT MATTER THE POST CONTENT. DON’T WORRY, WE PROMISE WE JUST WON’T SHARE YOUR ART AND WE WILL TELL OTHERS NOT DO IT ALSO.
Point of clarity: If you are earnestly trying to understand what we’re saying here, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your cooperation.
Founding member President.
From our division leader.
If you do not have a license for your artwork, say from Disney-Lucasfilm, where you have been commissioned as an artist, you cannot enforce copyright or attribution of your work on other users on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter or any platform.
Otherwise, you are restricting my freedom of speech and illegal search and seizure as justified by the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I can sue you for defamation, practicing law enforcement without a municipality of a sovereign government organization, and for breaking cyber statutes under the recent laws.
All the pages and users my pages represent fall under that protection of fundamental rights. You have no copyright if you have no license.
This is my direct statement after consultation with my IP lawyers as a minority business woman and owner.
End of discussion.