Proposal:Do not tolerate any stolen art. Specifically, draw the line of what is/isn’t.
Summary: Rarible users are stealing other artists’ work and changing/modifying tiny elements, clearly still stolen and blatant lack of effort and skill.
This is a topic to discuss the moral integrity of the platform and essentially a code of conduct on Rarible that we tolerate/do not tolerate–help to define the standard of what is acceptable and what isn’t. I have brought this up several times and it loves to get swept under the rug, brushed aside, mainly by those who are advocating it and/or profiting off it. The whole “meme culture” is great in many ways, who doesn’t love a good meme? Unfortunately, this has lead into some less than respectable areas and poor practices. Many love the element of “true digital ownership” which is wonderful, yet don’t value and respect the ownership or property of others. What I mean is how can you value true ownership and be perfectly content to steal other artists’ work and then change a few pieces and then call it yours, THEN profit on it (most likely washed anyways… oh yeah, it gets worse lol). Regardless of the speculation, this is not only a moral issue, it’s a legal one and could potentially bring more negative attention to Rarible. My focus is more on the moral code than the legal… as it’s just blatantly disrespectful to the original creators. Not sure if you can use another artist/creator’s work? Contact them. If it’s publicly shared, read the type of license they have on their creation(s).
Where to draw the line? Vote Yes (Acceptable) or No (Not Acceptable)
1. Recreating a character or new art from another artist/creator’s pre-existing work? Yes
(Creating from scratch)
2. Take pre-existing art/images and plaster over, edit it, modify, etc. (without artist perm.) No
(Not creating from scratch and don’t have artist’s permission & legal rights to use their art.)
I am not listing examples or calling out specific people on the platform. My intention is to bring up the issue and topic of discussion rather than point the finger and try to attack certain people that are blissfully dancing in this gray area.
All the best,