This is an important and well-written article on the growing problem with copyright infringement and plagiarism. A culture that declares it does not need to ask permission reaps what they sow: no one will ask permission to use YOUR work either, Edgy Artist Dude.
Sometimes, the Oakland visual artist will reluctantly google a sentence he first wrote in 2009 that is part of one of his most popular works of street art: “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.” …He thought he had seen it all, but a Facebook message he received in November was truly shocking: Walmart was selling an exact replica of “Ambition” — and attributing it to Banksy, the celebrity street artist.
This drives home the point I have been trying to make for years: not asking permission doesn’t just mean some artist swiping another artist, and everyone goes tee hee, get over it.
It means every major corporation in the world stops asking permission to use the work of artists as well. If you don’t think that’s the end game of the Techtopian appeal to end all artists rights forever, then you haven’t been paying attention.
When the small guy has no rights, only the big guy is left in a position to profit.
This mentality has allowed Colleen Doran to qualify her projects, which ensures they fit her scope of work. I assume she examines prospective assignments with a fine tooth comb before accepting them because she needs to make sure the ROI is there. She is also motivated to do her best work because if the quality is sub par then she is not going to make any money. This what is known as “putting your skin in the game”. Clients love that and they show their appreciation with repeat business.