There are many wonderful things in life that we "live with". But that doesn't necessarily mean they are broken.
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The point is that when you know better or are more knowledgeable about the systems, the better you can make them work for you. Not everything needs fixing. Maybe there's a tweak or two that need implementing. But I wouldn't call it a broken system. For the most part the review process is working for many! I don't personally feel that it's hindering my ability to submit items. And if someone steals my design, I'll send a message feedback's way and hope for a resolution. But if they get away with it for a short period of time, it's not the end of the world. If they get away with it long term, it's still not the end of the world. I would call it a bit of flattery that I did something great that people are trying to emulate for themselves. It's not uncommon for people to use artists work as influence for their own. Anyway, I'm trying to make my point with my phone and I would say more but I can't type fast enough to get it all out. Let's not fret on the small things and be more knowledgeable about the processes. They will work for you if you give them the chance to do so.
Well said, pHluid.
One1, I've lost points on an entire set of items that I rejected for much the same reason. That first lesson in There's approval system can be a slap in the face, especially as it's apparent that you were taking the time to ACTUALLY review.
Congratulations on that by the way! I hope you're willing to keep reviewing in the future, because it's people like you who catch cut and dried copyright violators.
I take a harder line on copyright than some and it sounds like you do too. There takes a more lenient perspective on certain types of copyright infringement that I would call "Will anyone care?". While it may not sit well with your view on copyright infringement, it's a valid position for the company to take. If nothing else, allowing that grey area helps to enable creativity in many who aren't able to create everything they need from scratch.
EG1. If there's an image of a pear that's all over the net but there is no proof it's being used with permission, will anyone care if it's used here too? ~ Not likely
EG2. If there's a picture of a flower on an indie artist's deviantart page with a clear request to not use without permission, will anyone care? ~ Most likely
Personally I'd choose not to review items like EG1, and instead focus on protecting items like EG2.
The other issue you raise is the lack of requirement for designers to respond to rejections at all. That's one area I'd like to see improved, but I don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Read More...
We can change our nametag colour now, and all other pros and cons aside, it's making some extra moolah for Makena over and above our subscriptions and catalog purchases. So that's a win!
So how about NAME changes?
Let's say KorbenCongrejo wants to use the correct spelling of his favorite Thereian island without all the hassle of making a new avie and transfering all his stuff? GIve There 20$ and VOILA!
What do you think? There's next awesome upsell? Read More...