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Watermark by jollyjack Watermark by jollyjack
I donít quite get why people put watermarks on their DA uploads. Thereís only a finite number of things that someone can do with a low-res image, and most of them render a watermark useless anyway, especially with so many photoshop-savvy folk out there these days.
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Miller1997 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I fully agree! I tried conveying the same message on my profile and received an army of a watermark lover's minions. I stood my ground. :)
Watermarks should be abolished. If someone uses your art, it's good business.
SJArt117 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I just had to watermark all my art due to art theft and recolours.
Hermy-one Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are so many works I've seen I would have faved if it weren't for a big fat DA watermark across the subjects face. If you are going to watermark, make your own and make sure its not right in the center :/ 
LeucisticRaccoon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Watermarks or whatnot are OK in my opinion, but they don't have to plaster it all over their image.
SCOm1359AP Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Personally, I prefer to take a cue from Al Hirschfeld.  Create a signature or watermark, but put it some out of the way spot in the middle of the image that won't take from the design, yet were someone to try and remove it, it would be immediately detectable or damage the piece.  Hide it in woodgrain.  Build it into a tattoo.  Maybe disguise it as graffiti on a wall.  Someplace where you and anyone who knows your work can point and say, "That guy made this.  You didn't."
krislowe Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes it harder for it to be stolen
Cenobite451 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Fave'd the journal entry. But this gets the point across quite well too, and far more succinctly. :+fav: :D
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
lols agreed, but maybe throwing it super tiny in a side corner would be fine. 
sethness Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
A watermark, done right, is difficult to remove.

I speak from long and unhappy experience when I say that a low-resolution image DOES have uses. Pirates, given half a chance, will use it on their own websites, for example, without even acknowledging the creator. TO add injury to insult, many pirates "deep link": they display the stolen image on their website by using HTML that siphons the image from YOUR (or dA's) webspace to THEIR website. This is the Internet equivalent of punks stealing your car, then using your credit cards to pay for the gas they use as they joyride in your car.

There are currently many websites, for example, that use dA's images as "free wallpaper to download", filler for website graphics, bait for drive-by infection fake websites, and so on.

I can also point to websites like "Quilting from the Gut (dot com)" which uses a copyrighted graphic by Dr. David Annal from MY website, puts it on their front page, doesn't give any way to send them feedback/DMCA "cease and desist", and falsely claims the artwork is by M. C. Escher (whose works, incidentally, are also mcescher dot com ). Not only am I unable to stop them at the moment... I'm also dealing with several other websites each year who pirate QuiltingfromtheGut's pirated image & perpetuating the lie that it's MC Escher's work.

To add to our frustration, the DMCA puts the burden of discovery on the creator of the image. This means that frequent offenders on Zazzle, Etsy, deviantArt (yes, dA),, and other blogging centers do not punish nor prevent piracy nearly as much as they should & could.
Imagine, for example, if you could not publish an image to dA or Zazzle until a human mediator had run the image through TinEye and/or dot com to make a reasonable guess that the image is original and owned by the submitter.

(Offtopic: To see that dA is not pursuing copyright offenders enough, go have a look at dA member LaPurr's journals. Almost every one is a simple copy-paste of the entirety of a COPYRIGHTED ARTICLE by another author, stolen from another website. I've had to warn the owners of those copyrights many many times, watch them get dA to remove that single instance of copyright infringement, and yet.... LaPurr is not shut down. Beyond the removal of the single instance of piracy on the table at the moment, she is not monitored more closely nor hampered nor penalized.

Zazzle etc. are enablers. The watermark is an ugly but somewhat effective countermeasure against that enabling. dA and its members should be praised for making rampant copyright infringement slightly harder by using watermarks.

I agree that watermarks can and do turn nice images into muddy junk....but they're a necessary evil until we figure out how to make pirated images trackable (tineye dot com and Google's image search are a nice start) and have reasonable methods for removing pirated images from someone else's website.
I wonder.. I know there's technology to insert invisible watermarks into JPEG images. I believe there's even a PhotoShop add-on tool for that. But... I wonder if there's a simple way to Google for images containing that watermark?
Cloudymayday Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love ruining my art with watermarks >]
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