Hey all. I’ve been in this community for close to two decades now, and I just realized nobody has ever made a topic of this sort, despite how utterly useful it would prove.
Right now, it’s a bit up in the air regarding how some people feel about their work being used in projects, some being used as splicing material for other spriters, and so on. To that end, I am creating this topic to try and get a huge, broad list of names, both well-known and niche alike. Attached to this topic is a poll; please vote in that poll to signify your general idea about how your work should be used by other members of the community. For those of you who have ‘broad overviews but specific outliers,’ I advise you to post in this topic and make those outliers known. You can also consider this entire post an ongoing post where you should (hopefully) be able to change your opinions over time if needed, change the status of individual submissions, and etc.
I was originally going to post this in the ‘Create an Ugly Mug’ topic, but I realized it would serve the community far better if it was a big, open public post.
I am not asking for a general opinion on whether some people think other people should make their content free to use, not free to use, or anything of that sort. I am asking for as many individual community members as possible to make their specific positions on THEIR OWN content known by voting in the poll, where we will have that information listed publicly.
Anyone not on this list is going to be assumed “unknown, but listed as non-F2U unless they say so”.
I do not expect to get every community member’s position, though that would be fantastic if we could. Obviously, people who don’t have accounts on FEU won’t be represented, which is a bit of a shame. Maybe we can ask people on Serenes, on Reddit, and so on to make an account here and list their positions? Maybe some other alternative?
Anyway. Let’s go over the key definitions:
F2E = Free to Edit. If you select this option, it means you don’t care if people use your work, if they chop it up and edit it, or whatever else.
F2U = You don’t care if people use your work, but you’d prefer they did not edit your work, either, short of maybe some basic recoloring.
Please keep in mind that no matter which entry you choose among the “use my stuff” options, it is always assumed people must credit the artist if they use their works in projects, rom mods, and so on.
- My content is F2E without any restrictions.
- My content is F2E with specific restrictions. (Individual entries, etc)
- My content is F2U without any restrictions.
- My content is F2U with specific restrictions. (Individual entries, etc)
- My content is varied. Ask for permission before using anything.
- My content is varied. I will list the usage criteria for each one here or in my creator topics.
- In general, I do not permit people to use my content without permission.
- I do not permit anyone to use my content. ALWAYS ask for permission, but expect a ‘no’ in response.
This poll will count for all past and present and future works you may make, though you can also specify any individual creations you do or do not want people to use in the comments below.
I would ask that people keep discussion to a minimum. This topic’s only purpose is to record people’s individual positions on their own content; not broad opinions on what they think about how content should be accessed in the community. If you have a large body of work, it may be nice to post below, generally outlining the broad strokes of how you want or don’t want your content used.
Thank you for reading! Please spread this around so all the creators can have their say and we can eliminate any confusion in the future.