2017-07-18 03:47:02 UTC
Another moderation question has come up (mostly just for me), which is
about how we want to define "fan art". Most (if not all) of the moderators
think fan art should be allowed in the gallery. But I think it might be a good
idea to have some parameters about it, and so I'm hoping the community can offer
their thoughts about it.
For a starting point and example, I'm totally ok with the Wikipedia
defintion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_art) :
"Fan art, or fanart, are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction
(generally visual media such as comics, film, television shows, or video games)
and derived from a series character or other aspect of that work."
Does anyone think it should be expanded or restricted in scope, from
there? Or should the description be more or less detailed or specific?
A separate but related question is whether we want to bother with
copyright issues, or leave it up to the license holder whether they want the
image removed. For example, if someone reproduces a Pepsi or Coke logo. Or I
remember a popular AI tutorial a few years ago, about how to draw the Chevy
logo, which I always wondered whether it was a copyright violation. Those don't
particularly seem to be fan art, at least not by the wikipedia
definition....unless maybe television commercials are considered fiction.
Martin says there is a concept within the DMCA and EUCD known as "safe
harbor" which protects small websites from being responsible if its members post
a copyrighted image. At least that's my understanding, based on the research I
did about it. I might not have paraphrased it technically correctly.
So should we go with the "it's not our job /we're not lawyers" position?
Or should we be a little bit pro-active for blatant copyright issues. If we
want to be a little bit proactive, I'm thinking we should also set some
parameters about that. Or at least clearly state our policy.
Fyi, this is what the current CoC says about it "Art must be your own
original creation or derived from artwork available under an open licence. We
cannot accept submissions that infringe copyrights."
Personally, since Inkscape is an artist's tool (among many other uses),
I think the community should be a little proactive about protecting copyrights
and/or licenses. But I also think that if it requires a long and complex
discussion, or detailed changes to the CoC, then falling back to "it's not our
job" might be reasonable. But if that's the case, then the CoC isn't properly
stating our position, and perhaps should be edited.
Thanks for any thoughts or comments you might have about these things.