At 12/10/10 11:20 AM, TomFulp wrote:
I want everyone who creates content to read this post very carefully and take it very seriously.
I probably wont, for the following reasons.
The next time you are inspired to make an animation about a cool song you heard on the radio, DON'T, unless you are comfortable with the idea of only sharing it with yourself and a few close friends. Otherwise, take that inspiration and find a song you have permission to use. There are thousands of artists in the Audio Portal who are available for that sort of thing, as well as independent artists across the web who can be contacted for permission.
What about music that's royalty free? What about songs composed in Mixcraft or Garage Band that only allow you to create songs through pre-created audio clips? Or what about people who can filter the music through an audio filter and make alterations to what the song sounds like without changing the notes? What about cover songs? What about music that's not registered in the U.S. such as Showtaro Morikubo's music? What about all the many ways a person can jackass around this... wait what is this exactly? Is it a request or a new rule you're going to establish? And why are you saying all this? What brought it up and what's the problem with outsourcing mainstream music if you're not profiting from it? Are you just saying "don't expect the front page because, although we're not banning it entirely, we're not supporting it either" or "This is a new rule, we're not supporting it and we'll eventually ban it" or "This is some new obscure internet law that I've vaguely expressed or explained in this post that we're making changes to comply with"?
The next time you need art for your game or movie, DO NOT image search Google and grab something from the results. Many of those items are registered with enforcement agencies that will levy strict penalties for unlicensed use.
Although it takes forever to do, this isn't hard to slip around. Rotoscoping the material is one way to do it; tracing over the original image and applying your own graphics. Besides, aren't these already the rules?
I know the web and Newgrounds have been like the wild west, but times are changing.
Why? I still don't understand this, what brought it up or where this is coming from.
Newgrounds will be a better place if everyone here learns to work together instead of turning outward for resources. If you need a background, song, title screen, etc., someone here can help you with it. We will continue to work to make that easier, because there is no alternative.
I'm not much of a collaborator unless I'm leading it, I don't much feel like turning to other people to make their additions to my work because I don't grow, learn or develop as a media artist if I do and yes there are plenty of alternatives; you're just ignoring them.
If you are starting a project now and hope to be featured on NG when you're done, keep this post in mind. Content featuring original art and audio will be king. Parodies are still fair game and part of our culture, but you've probably already noticed only a handful of sprite movies have made front page this year.
Should I be surprised? Sprite flashs aren't exactly the most desirable kind of flash you know.
But despite all this Tom, I'm still sadened by this news post of yours. Remember back in the day when you were defending EvilDave's work from Schulz's lawyers because EvilDave made a parody flash on Charlie Brown? How you fought so desperately to keep it on the site and ended up having to pull out because of funding issues?
Now... Now this...
Well then again, I guess it's just you telling us what our boundaries are. Just making it crystal clear for everyone who didn't already get that memo?