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Should a Desktop Wallpaper be free of all watermarks/copyright info? 

54%
110 deviants said Yes, i don't like to have visible watermarks on my wallpapers.
46%
92 deviants said No, because its important to protect the rights of the artist.

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Chris2027 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, and No... this is a big subject... I personally, despise Intellectual Property rights, not because of what it's claimed to be for, but because corporations use it to get more money, rather than to protect their property... e.g. a single copy of Windows being used on multiple computers, is "genuine" in my opinion, if the key used on all the computers, came with the product... it's genuine no matter how many computers it came on... even then, the disc itself is not the unique part... I can use a single retail Windows 7 Ultimate key on any copy of Windows 7 Ultimate...
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Avarycce Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thoughts, you need a (c) "your name or signature" for sure.

You as the designer hold the copyright. I personally don't like watermarking mine as I feel it mars the image and I like to enjoy my work. However my talents aren't anything compared to yours. I love your work and feel it would be a shame to have a large watermark over the entire thing.

There is a few options. Some art programs allow an invisible watermark to be placed in the file's coding leaving nothing visible on the image.... however many people miss that and would not even know it is there...

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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes watermark can be annoying if put in the middle of a picture.
But artist have the right to protect their work =)
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sh51 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I think it's fine to put a watermark,as long as it doesn't spoil the whole thing.
It's always good to know who created the art
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Elentarien Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sort of one of those people who can go either way on this sort of thing. I PREFER un'marred' wallpapers myself. . .and really hate it when there is an ugly watermark on them.

HOWEVER, personally, if I make a wallpaper, (at least one I intend on sharing) I will include a small, faint line with credits somewhere on it. (Faint being readable, but not 'in your face')

I think if credits are included, they should be included like a watermark. Out of the way. If it can be tucked behind the 'task bar', thats a great place, so the person can enjoy the image - but the credits are there.

Phew. Did that even make sense? :P
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Diavolus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm not against watermarks on wallpapers. But my personal opinion is that it shouldn't be oversized or a main eyecatcher. A rather small signature in a noticeably, but non-focussing part of the image should do it...
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alexluna Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yes (with caveat: as long as it doesn't intrude on the image when displayed on screen).
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khorask Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
A wallpaper is a consumable 'of sorts'.. i.e it is intended to be used and then replaced. The artist can decide if they want to offer it free or charge or charge for its use. Unless it is something downright spectacular no one is going to pay for a wallpaper so 99% of them are going to be free.

A majority of users would prefer to have no watermarks on their wallpapers and if an artist is putting a watermark on their 'free' consumable they should not be releasing their art AS a wallpaper. If they are that protective of their 'free for use art', they should seriously reconsider republishing it in another form/category/medium etc. This way they can protect their rights, there is less confusion and everyone knows what the artist 'wants them to have'.
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mrfaemir Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem is that while it's probably advisable to put watermarks on all works, that in reality your picture probably isn't good enough to warrant the distraction - i.e. I will just find another wallpaper sans-watermark which looks prettier.
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DotaStrife Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Personally, I dislike watermarks on wallpapers (and often text in general). However, I voted that it's important to protect the artist. Especially in your case, where it seems that everyone thinks they can get away with stealing your works. Besides, a link in the watermark might lead me to find more pieces by an artist I've taken a liking to.
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BLPH Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Obviously, most people use wallpapers and are not creating them.

Personally, I don't really care about signatures that much when I set a pic as my desktop-bg. However, when it comes to myself releasing a wallpaper, I make sure that at least a link to my dA-page is visible somewhere. Especially because I feel like all those wallpaper-websites seem to auto-leech them from dA without proper crediting.
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fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Something you could do is imbed a subliminal copy of some identifying mark in the image somewhere. Best to do it in one of the details, some almost random, complex looking area that's important to the overall image. I've done it on a few of mine. Keep a copy with a separate layer with the mark highlighted so you can prove it's yours when someone tries to steal it. Don't use identical marks twice, of course, change it to fit each image, but it needs to be some pattern you can use to prove ownership. Distorted initials are good. Fact is people don't expect the art to be it's own watermark.

Of course that's harder with space art, I suppose. Try doing something that'll show up when you mess with contrast or saturation or something, but is virtually invisible otherwise.
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NudeDoctor Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I don't see a problem with watermarks on a desktop wallpaper. I've used quite a few that had the artists' watermark and it never bothered me.
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Ms-Silver Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, it depends on the size of the watermark. If its a giant freaking thing covering half the image then that is not fun. D:

But it also sucks to get your work stolen, so I wouldn't blame you if you put one on there.
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ArchimedesLockheart Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Artist
You should put one on, just don't put it right through the middle of the picture.
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Mish-A-Man Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it's better view without any watermark or text on it... but, you always have this BUT :) here is what I can say from my experience, and it's really easy to understand: IF YOU DON'T PUT TEXT ON IT AS YOUR DIGITAL SIGNATURE SOMEONE ELSE WILL DO IT. So, I suggest you that you put small text (as someone already told you) with your name and site (or DA page). When I started to work wallpapers they were all without text and I found it on couple of wallpaper sites with their 'watermark' - what is yours it's yours
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Like priteeboy said. If it's not there it probably will just be taken. I don't usually put watermarks on my work, because this is my hobby not my business. Then one day I put a image up of me with a Star Trek actor I met at a charity benefit. As a mark of respect for the actor, I put the dreaded watermark on it. And i got so many ppl asking me to remove it. Why? Yes it is annoying and detracts from the art, but not that much, because if it did, ppl wouldn't ask for you to remove it

Long story short...If it's your income put one there and accept it as a necessary evil. If it's a hobby...meh. Thats how I feel about that. :)
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Casperium Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If people didn't steal our work so much, regular and wallpapers, we wouldn't be having this debate. Sig and copyright date and perhaps the name of the artwork are great, but big honking watermarks drive me crazy... I hate seeing them on my artwork, as it takes away from the beauty of the art itself, but what are you going to do when people constantly steal them. I used to put out tons of wallpapers, but now I am cutting back on them and making just regular art and adding the dreaded watermark, until a better solution comes along.
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Place it in a nice spot where it is easy to see, hard to remove without fucking up the image, and doesn't get in the way of the core art.
=extvia's Cloud wallpaper has a tag down on the bottom right-hand corner that's plainly visible, but it doesn't take away from the art.
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
I would go to war for the signatures sake! Always sign your artwork, BUT, make it content aware so it's in harmony.

When you take away somethings name, you take away the value.
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lomex13 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I think a signature, logo, name or something should definitely be included, so i can instantly look up who did that wallpaper.

But if an image has a big watermark over it, i just wouldnt download it / use it as a wallpaper. Watermarks arent that hard to remove anyway, so why annoy the fans who just want to watch it, not steal it.
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cONNECTED2THELENs Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
You should always have your signature and copyright on the image. Watermarks are fine on art, but on wallpapers i feel it destroys the image and purpose of it being a wallpaper. Normally you want a wallpaper to show off your desktop or look pretty, but watermarks ruin this.

However you still need to protect your image and i don't know what the answer would be unless you bit the bullet and expected that if you release a wallpaper it will be uploaded on other sites. Is this such a bad thing so long as your copyright remains and they are not being charged for?! :\

Its a catch 22 situation i feel.
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Gatekat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like having who created a picture (and their URL) on all images. Nice neat text, easy to read, but not obscuring. Makes finding who created it easier in 5 years when I go looking.
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Justax90 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There can be some small text saying something about it, but as long as that doesn't ruin the whole thing...
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Copyright info tucked away in a corner somewhere is something I don't mind and can respect the wish to protect your work as well as rights. Watermarks kinda ruin the overall appearance if not done carefully.

But I'm just a guy with an opinion, and I may be the only one who feels this.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While there's heaps of my work stolen out there - it doesn't seem to happen to me on the same grand scale as much as it does to other artists of my skill-level and popularity level, and I owe the fact mine are picked at by thieves less than they should be thanks to watermarking them :nod: Sometimes I even get people asking to buy certain pieces because "they need to print one without a watermark" and when I get that I always wonder that if I didn't watermark them, would they bother asking for it, or would they just have taken it? :paranoid:

It depends on what you do. Watermarks make sense on anything unless it ruins their intended purpose, which is especially true for wallpapers which are supposed to be untarnished gifts for people. While seeing it on art may ruin the piece but at the same time it's not like a normal artwork is intended to be used by anyone for anything when the artist was making it, unless they specifically marked it as a wallpaper.
It's kinda like - if you own a bike shop and had to store some bikes outside, you'd chain them up so people don't steal them. They can still see them and buy them if they want and that is enough I say - they aren't intended for people to actually use them until they buy them. But if you were giving bikes away as a favour to the public, well chaining them up for protection makes little sense ;p

Basically I support watermarks being used on anything that isn't a wallpaper or stock. Those things should</i< be able to be viewed unobscured. But for regular artists like myself who don't intend to make art for wallpaper use, well - watermarks are fine (within reason, I try to make mine low opacity and place it somewhere that fits the composition of the piece)
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Gatekat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wallpapers /// are supposed to be untarnished gifts for people

Urr, since when/where? I have never heard this before. It doesn't even make sense to me. A wallpaper is any image you like.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I said they're supposed to be, not that they have to be. But generally wallpapers are created with with the mindset that "People will be using this on their desktop and wouldn't want any large distractions" While regular artists such as myself think "I'm creating this just for the hell of it, if people make it their wallpaper then fine but that's not my goal" :judge:
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Gatekat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why is a small line of text at the bottom or corner a 'large distraction'?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not a watermark, that's a signature. Watermarks are supposed to be fairly large and covering part of the artwork to make stealing it much more difficult. A signature is tiny bit of text that can easily be cropped out without losing much of the artwork at all. I see it happen a lot.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fuck Italics tags :grump:
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JoeyJazz Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I always put small signature or even a watermark in the corner of my wallpapers. Or if you don't want to spoil the image too much, just put some short text written in small typo at the edge of each wallpaper ("Copyright (c) Name").
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only problem with that is that even a monkey with Photoshop can use the crop tool :shifty:
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Doubt it Matt, but an Ape might :)
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Too true.
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JoeyJazz Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah
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Hameed Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Digital Artist
My lawyer advised me to put clear watermarks on all my posted work after one of my many copyright infringement cases, so it got me thinking about what people who display my work actually want, should be interesting to see how this one goes.
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