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I know I had promised a Kapow! Comic Convention review, but there are things which need to be said first...

    "(Cosplay) Fotografien sind kein Freiwild."
    = „(Cosplay) Photographies are no unprotected game."


This is a remarkable quote Amapola – a great cosplayer and photographer I really admire – puts into every comment and every caption below all photographs or galleries she publishes. And she is right. (Cosplay) Photographies are no unprotected game.

I finished my Stephanie Brown Batgirl costume in September 2011 and have been featured on various websites and in various forums since then.
Some features, reviews and comments truly honored me, but in 99% of cases there was always one aspect that irked me. Nobody had ever asked for my permission. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
Today I even found a forum which had shamelessly added its own watermark to my cosplay pictures.  You cannot imagine how angry I was when I saw it.

I know that the majority of people who shares cosplay pictures on forums, etc. has no ill intend, but posting a picture without the cosplayer's permission is just like stealing a fan artist's painting.

    :bulletred: Cosplayers are artists too!

Cosplayers are artists too and you cannot simply upload their work on any website you like. You wouldn't want a holiday snap of yourself to get posted in various forums without your permission either, would you?

     :bulletred: I want my (and any other cosplayer's) work to be treated with respect.

TO CUT  A LONG STORY SHORT:
- Ask COSPLAYERS for PERMISSION before posting their pictures ANYWHERE!
- In case that they give you the permission to post their work ADD a SOURCE. CREDIT the COSPLAYER AND the PHOTOGRAPHER!
- NEVER REMOVE their WATERMARK or simply add YOUR WATERMARK to THEIR WORK!

I am serious about this. If I ever find pictures of me in a forum again which has not asked for my permission I will make them remove my pictures immediately – no matter how nice the feature, review or comment might be. I will also add watermarks to all of my cosplay pictures in future.
  • Reading: Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I definitely agree with you, girl! I stopped adding watermarks to my photos for a year or so, but I think I'm going to start adding them again. It's just so frustrating seeing things reposted without sources. I'm all for people wanting to share artwork, but if they're not crediting the artist... what's the point? @_@
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Aigue-Marine Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know, right?
What makes me really angry is the fact that everybody aknowledges a fanartist as a "real" artist and that everybody gets angry if artwork of a fanartist gets stolen. Nobody cares about a stolen cosplay picture though. Why does nobody get the fact that cosplayers are artists too and that cosplayers put just as much effort into their work as fanartists do? Aaargh! >_<
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Exactly!! Ugh, it's so frustrating! That happens a lot at school, too, being a fashion major - some of the more "artistic" majors like film and illustration act like we're not artists... even though what we create is art! It just happens to be in "real life" - just like a sculpture! And more than that, photography is an art, so stealing photographs... that's just as bad as stealing paintings, if you ask me.
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Aigue-Marine Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely! Photographers put just as much effort into their pictures as painters do.
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akiradreams Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Totally agree with you. People think just because something is on the internet that they can freely
use it for their own purposes. :( Yes, it is too bad that people aren't honest or ask permission
first when it comes to artwork, photography, and cosplays. Guess that's the downside of
being good at what you do. Aside from that, all your cosplays are truly amazing!! :heart:
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Aigue-Marine Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know, right? The worst point I cannot understand is, that every website I publish my work on is connected to other websites through these small 'social media buttons'. In case that they HAVE to share my art no matter what - why can't they just simply use the social media buttons which add the source of the picture automatically? Why do they always download my work and post it again without a proper source? I really don't get this!

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it!
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akiradreams Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's true. I guess they want to pretend it's
them or profit from your pics. Hope it doesn't keep
you from continuing to do great cosplays! :heart:

Your welcome! :huggle:
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Aigue-Marine Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't know. I really don't know.
Of course it won't keep me from cosplaying... but it's an aspect which really annoys me. Guess like I'll just have to add watermarks to my pictures in future and disable the "download" function on deviantArt. :/
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akiradreams Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's unfortunate. You prob. have to do that
and only choose to have big versions available for
close friends that you know won't upload. Or if they
do, you'll know it was them. :D ;-)
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Aigue-Marine Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha. I wish deviantArt had such kind of functions...
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