I saw this post on my dash (with commentary, dw) and there was one thing that I didn’t see addressed in the comment chain that I really feel needs to be
Once an artist creates a work, they own the copyright
None of this “I paid for the art. It is mine.” bullshit, unless the artist actually sells you the copyright (something which has to be stated and never assumed, and something you would have to pay extra for) you can not claim ownership over the piece, even if you paid for it.
And yes, this means you can not alter the work in any way, you can not use it for banners/advertisements/etc., you can not print it, you can not sell copies unless agreed upon with the artist
and artists are also protected under moral rights
meaning that the artist has the right of attribution (the right to be identified and named as the creator of
their work), the right against false attribution, and the right of integrity. (Source)
so fuck off with your “I paid for the art. It is mine.” crap, it doesn’t stick legally
Reblogging for important information. Artists, you have legal rights to your work by default. Don’t let your clients bully you.