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Important: Have you Notified your Stock Providers?

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 25, 2014, 8:42 AM
Hi all,

I just wanted to take a quick moment out from registering people for the Photomanipulation Tournament to bring to your attention an issue that is plaguing our community.

I think a lot of people think that, with the new Mentions system, there is no need to notify stock providers when you use their work. This is untrue! There are a few of reasons why you still need to notify them via note or comment, as per their preference, when you use their stock:

1. Some people turn their Mentions off because they get to be annoying. Thus, if you don't tell them, they may never see your gorgeous work.

2. Stock providers like to keep track of your work, and notes/comments help with that.

3. If your stock provider doesn't see your work, he/she can't give you love!

4. It is almost always in a stock provider's Terms of Use to NOTIFY OF USE. If you cannot follow the TOU (including notifying them via note or comment), please don't use the stock.

Please keep this in mind next time you submit a photomanipulation or other deviation that uses stock or resources. We are so lucky to have an absolutely amazing stock community, and it is important to honor their wishes and show them respect.

And while I'm at it, I couldn't give a few DDs that I wanted to give last week because people didn't credit or wrote, "I'm tired and will add credits later." Seriously? Don't upload until you are able to credit. Again, it goes back to being fair and honoring these wonderful free gifts we are being given as members of the photomanipulation community on dA.

Carry on, and don't forget about the TOURNAMENT!!

Thank you,


Don't forget this important step in crediting your stock providers!
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
It's a matter of propriety. too bad not everyone has it.
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it is okay that I don't even require notification. If someone notifies me am always happy to fave the work, and with mentions I can see other works by those who gave me credit (credit isn't necessary either). I always notify stock providers when I use their stock but on my own stock sites, I just don't have the time to worry about who is using what or when.

Good article. Invited into DevNews :aww:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Digital Artist
I guess I need to add an addendum that you just need to follow terms of use, whatever they may be.
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be good. Some of us stock providers just don't want to have to deal.
mippieArt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know you can turn off your mentions, mmmm... awesome, now I know
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen, Sister! :salute: :D I agree with every single word! Also, with the mentions thing.. it seems to stop mentioning people after the first five or 10. It's a handy system, but not always reliable. :iconsquishhugplz: Also, the 'will credit later' thing drives me batty too. :/
dreamswoman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It happened to me to notify the user, but someone wrote to me: "I have seen already mention, there was no need to leave a comment". And this puts a little confused... :(
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Yeah i guess it goes back to the whole "follow the terms of use" thing. I guess some of them don't want to be notified anymore, but I keep hearing stories of people who aren't being notified and are getting upset about it. :/
dreamswoman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I continue to notify and I will do even more attention to the terms of use, is the only thing to do. Perhaps with the introduction of the mentions, the stocker should review their rules and also include some doubts concerning the mentions :/
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Indeed, they should!
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