Artist Demands $500 From Guy For Using His Image As An Avatar
from the get-a-grip dept
Lots of websites let users upload their own image or avatar. Most people use photos of themselves, but others like to toss up an interesting photo or artwork. And, of course, online some of that artwork may be covered by copyright. But, still, it seems a bit harsh for an artist to send a guy a bill for $500 after discovering that his artwork was being used as an avatar on an online poker site. This seems doubly stupid. First of all, no one is going to pay $500 for artwork to use as an avatar. They'll just switch to something else. And then fewer people will see the artwork and question who created it. So, basically, all this does is stop someone from freely promoting the artist's artwork, while also pissing off someone who had clearly been a fan. How does that make sense?