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  • Mood: Disbelief
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Due to the fact that my cosplay photos are showing up in all sorts of places without any credit--and sometimes with others TAKING credit--I have decided that from now on, I'm going to watermark all of my photos, and eventually I will replace all the existing ones with the watermark as well.

I really hate to do this, but I am so tired of seeing things I've worked so hard on get thrown around without any respect for me and all the time and effort I've put into making this cosplay.  My photographers get the shaft as well when there is no credit.

Most terrible of all, I actually caught other people taking the credit and claiming that they were the one in the photo.

This is not okay, and as such, there will now be proof of who is in the photo and who worked their ass off to make such a great cosplay.  I know some groups don't allow photos to be submitted with watermarks, but to be honest, I think it's worth it.  I'm sorry to have to scar my photos, but I'm so tired of other people throwing my pictures around without any thought for the artist.

Anyway, sorry for the rant.  Thank you to those of you who ask permission and source your photos.  You have no idea how amazing that is.  It's too bad there are those few who ruin everything for everyone else.  ):
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:icondinobot2000:
dinobot2000 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what, there's no prob taking the precautions you are taking. My friend experienced the same thing once. Whether you put the watermarks or not I still will admire and share.
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RebbieChan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly it is better to just put a watermark on - I don't think anyone will mind! :D
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:iconadventtraitor:
AdventTraitor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'm glad you think so!!! I'm hoping it won't take away too much. XP
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GuardianKnight5 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
personally, it makes perfect sense to do so
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AdventTraitor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good good, I just feel bad I have to mar the work. XP
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:iconguardianknight5:
GuardianKnight5 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I've seen quite a few people do it, yeah, sure, it does draw away from the images a little, but this is more about protecting intellectual property than appearances.
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jbrenthill Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Don't feel bad! You deserve credit for your amazing work!
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:iconadventtraitor:
AdventTraitor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! I'm glad you agree! XD
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jade-arts Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry you have to resort to this, but you have to do what you have to do. It's a shame
people have to pretend to be other people to get attention. I'm glad at least you'll
still be cosplaying. :D When I first saw title, I was afraid you were going to quit
cosplaying or something. :( You'll still have my support and I'll still fave your watermarked
photos. :heart:
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AdventTraitor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg no haha!!! I cosplay for me!!! I will never stop doing what I'm doing cause of other people. X3 Thank you for your support; it really helps. ^^;
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