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Literature Previews, DDs, and You

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 2:33 PM
Introducing a new policy regarding Literature Gallery DD features.

While not everyone uses preview images and they're not technically part of the work, we're going to require that preview images be properly credited for future features. This does include preview images you've customized that use texture or other such resources.

An important note: Not all images are stock. If an image isn't stock and you want to use it as your preview, please make sure that you've obtained explicit permission from the artist. We will also accept previewed stories that were done for a picture-based prompt if the prompter asked permission to use those images. Of course, you'll need to link to the prompt in your comments.

**Also, if you are using credited stock but the stock terms say it's not to be used like that, someone—okay, it's me—is going to tell the stock creator. Please respect people who put up these resources and read their own rules before using. I've seen a few that were posted only for reference purposes and plenty that are only for non-commercial use. Fine print, it eats faces.

If you want your story to be considered for a DD and you're using a preview image:

  • You need to credit your image sources by at least linking to the stock artist's page or the website you got it from (such as dreamstime or Stock Exchange).
  • Using your own art? Say so. (Note: if it's just text you typed up on a plain background, you're in the clear.)
  • Using non-stock images with the original artist's permission? Say so. For bonus points, include a link to the comment where they say it's cool. ;p
  • Is your piece for an image-based prompt? Link to that prompt. If the prompt creators didn't ask permission to use the image, or the image is from Google, this will cause problems. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is get permission yourself.
  • One last reminder: Google is NOT a legitimate stock source. FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?


If you see something you'd like to suggest and the author is using an improperly credited preview, you're welcome to link them here or otherwise encourage them to remove their preview.


Literature CV DD suggestion guidelines

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Questions? Ask away!



Edit: one more point added, thanks `JayBobGfeller for reminding me.

FAQ #63: What sort of things can I use for Preview images? ...it's not that new. I lie.

Introducing a new policy regarding preview usage in literature DD features. Yes, this probably affects you. Read it and spread the wooooord!

Thank you ^SanguineVamp for letting me shamelessly appropriate your guidelines :love:
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:iconrainbow000pegasus:
rainbow000pegasus Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Excuse me, I'd like to ask:

What if prompts could be obtained from the official channel on YouTube like Disney's. I'm sorry for the question. Thanks!

(Due to this, I will put down my work first.)

Edit: I do not know how to move Deviation to Sta.sh. I deleted artwork and will re-upload on further notice. Please help me out. Thanks.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A more specific example would really help. Yeah, things can't be sent back to Stash at the moment.
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:iconrainbow000pegasus:
rainbow000pegasus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
For example, a picture was taken from a clip off the official video. So, credits was to (Name of Company). Does that mean I have to personally ask them through the video if I could use the pictures?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah. Technically yes.
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:iconrainbow000pegasus:
rainbow000pegasus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay... what If I recreated the scene with colour pencils? I still have to give credits but not ask them?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I'm not sure, I see that all the time and it does seem more acceptable. I wouldn't try to sell anything you make like that is all. If you want a definite answer, though, try the Help Desk.
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:iconrainbow000pegasus:
rainbow000pegasus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! OK!

Ack, no. I don't sell things copyrighted, not even for points.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
: D
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You think we can start using this everywhere?

Also, Jimmy Fallon nostalgia everywhere.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Tina Fey, it should be everywhere. :nod:
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And Jimmy Fallon on Weekend Update. I watched that every Saturday. It was the oldest grownup's show I was allowed to watch at the time. :grump:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:
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:iconrussias-maid:
Russias-Maid Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I don't even know how you put the preview image up! Do you have to be Premium?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No :) If you use the old Submit (go to the Submit dropdown > Submit Art), you get the option to add a preview when you upload text.
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:iconrussias-maid:
Russias-Maid Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oooohh, thank you!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Writer
This might be kind of a dumb question, but is there a problem with using non-commercial only stock for a DD literature preview? I can't tell if you mention it because it's an issue when used for that specific purpose, or just because, while you're on the topic, it's something people should be aware of in general. I know things posted here generally won't be commercial, but figured I should check in case there was something different about DDs that I hadn't considered.

All in all, though, great advice. People should really be making an effort to draw attention to other people's work when they use it, let alone simply sticking to the rules that were set. :p If it was good enough for you to borrow, surely it's good enough to deserve a mention in the description?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I mention it because of that latter thing, yeah. Go ahead and make it your preview here (for a non-PCP story), but make sure you double-check permissions before publishing offsite. (Some stock even says dA only.)

Yes, seriously!
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:iconmagical525:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sensible advice for all people who use images for things :)
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Thank you for reminding people that Google is NOT a stock resource! :nod:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlovely-plz: you too!
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
:glomp:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great guidelines! Personally, I never use preview images because I don't want to mess with any copyright issues (and my own art skills aren't up to making one). But I agree author's should always credit their previews. :nod:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
Whelp, gonna go through and fix everything now XD
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint:
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
Eh, it's not that much. Just 11 or 12. Not that hard. I only use preview images for my books.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:phew:
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
:nod:
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
Looking good- this was already in our DD guidelines but I think it is important to note we're taking this as a collective stance on Lit DDs and beyond- really DD or not preview images should be credited.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: I think I suck and didn't have it there.
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:iconmisslunarose:
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   General Artist
So... I'm curious...

I am the author of a tutorial series called "Writer's Guides," and my preview images usually look like this: [link] (They contain the title, a consistent blue backdrop, and a silly hand-drawn image pertinent to the title.)

While they are not in the literature category, should I state that I drew the images? I previously assumed that it was unnecessary, since I thought people would figure that out.

Thanks for writing this article. :) It's definitely a good policy to use.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo, I've seen your series!

I think it wouldn't hurt to include that information. ;p
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
You can mention its your own artwork in the preview if you want to, but without being able to find a better way to put this, its fairly obvious its your own work. If that makes sense. As in its not a generic photograph that might be so similar to another it could get mistaken for belonging to somebody else. Artwork that's very obviously unique and designed to reflect the content of your literature or literature tutorial is less likely to be in a case of mistaken identity. However, as we advise all stock and resources providers, its never going to hurt to state that all the resources/previews etc are your own if thats the case :) Avoids all possible misunderstandings!
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:iconmisslunarose:
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   General Artist
Okay, thank you. :aww:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries! :D
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
Good policy to have in place. :nod:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
I always use my own art as a preview if I have to. I tend to be annoyed when I see an AWESOME image in the preview, and then I click on it, and find out not only is it just a preview, but the artist didn't even create the thing that led me to click on the link in the first place.

This is a good rule to have, anyway. :nod:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Right? Then it's like, way to really sell your writing.
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:iconsnapperz:
Snapperz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Writer
:iconheaddeskplz:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Basically!
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:iconleonca:
Leonca Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for bringing attention to this!
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the idea.... but the article seems to make it sound like stock art is a free-for-all, as long as you credit. This is not true, as each stock and resource has its own set of rules for use, not always just a link back to the original author.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for catching that :salute: I added a paragraph, how's it look now?
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce:
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iLantiis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY! This was a long time coming and I am so happy to see this explained so every will understand what is and isn't an appropriate image with their lit works! Speaking just from the fanart community, it really bugs me to see canon photos as preview images for fanfiction. We all know the artist didn't create them and certainly didn't get permission to use it (usually got it from Google or Photobucket...).
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