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i heart drama... wait, what?
by alyse (indecentexposed)
at February 5th, 2008 (11:53 pm)
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earlier today, someone left a comment letting me know that my icons are being posted in an icon theft community. not exactly thrilling news. but i've been thinking about it, & here's my take:

when someone has put time and effort into a creative work, no matter how small, it's rude and disrespectful not to credit them properly. unfortunately, there are always going to be people out there who wouldn't know common courtesy if it kicked them in the head, & who will steal others' work.

sometimes there are consequences-- e.g., if you turned in a term paper without citing sources, you'd fail the class at the very least. in the case of a 100' x 100' icon, on the other hand, it's just something i have to live with. i don't have the time to track down every last person who isn't crediting my icons & yell at them about it-- because, let's be honest? i have a life.

so, i rolled my eyes. i was annoyed for about ten seconds, & then i moved on. i want my icons to be as available as possible, so i'm not going to use this as an excuse to switch to moderated membership. i don't ever plan to do that unless hotlinking becomes a problem, since i work with limited bandwidth.

concerning the aforementioned icon theft community, i've removed & banned all of its maintainers & members with posting access from dreamscaping, but i'm not going to go over there & start anything. i don't believe in feeding the trolls, & as far as i can tell, these communities only exist to start drama with makers, which is so unbelievably lame that i'm not even going to go there.

in conclusion, thank you to those of you who do take the time to credit properly, please let me know if you see this kind of thing so i can remove & ban the responsible parties, & let's continue to keep dreamscaping fun & drama-free for the rest of us. :)

thanks for reading!

love,

alyse + the drama llama, who wanted me to give you these:

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Posted by: Bex (the_bex)
Posted at: February 6th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

Hi, I just joined this community (admittedly for the perusal of the Twilight series icons, but everything else you've been making has been absolutely great! Thanks so much for sharing with us!) but I have to say this --

Having been around LiveJournal for a number of years, it seems to me that 9 out of every 10 icon-makers flip the hell out when people steal their icons. I understand that effort is put into them and I understand that they're your creations, but what I think most of them fail to understand is that it's the internet and there are dishonest (and let's face it, annoyingly immature) people out there. It thrills me to no end that you let this roll off your back like the adult you clearly are. Don't feed the trolls -- controversy and confrontation is what keeps them alive.

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