Digital art can be replicated at virtually no cost.
But it's creation is a great deal of effort for some.
I understand the need for protecting ones work for commercial purposes (but don't agree with) in this capitalistic world. What really puzzles me is the desire to control/restrict others from using art that you (hypothetical artist) create as a hobby without commercial application.
Because they are taking the identity of your art work. Say there was an engine with oh, 3-5 games all using the same artwork. Many people would be confused as the visual identity is shared by several games. Add to it these games are all the same genre and have a remarkably similar economy, build system and share the same map. It means your game looses all visual identity and becomes one of the pack.
As for me? The control of an image is the exact reason why gundam's art is strictly closed source. Because while it may be ok for me to make models in the likeness of Bandai's work, it is not ok for me to re-license it. In fact it is because I want to respect the image of gundam that I try so hard to replicate the art, models and feel so much. Also, I can personally tell you that if I was doing an independent project and had my own ip. I would not share it at all because of the spring community's belief that they are entitled to it. I do not like feeling used or taken for granted.
However, it is well known that the engine devs have commanded my hand when they needed it(islands in war, purple versions of the team color textures) so I respectfully give back to them. IF that wasn't enough, I have contributed skyboxes, models, textures, particles effects and configs, unit scripts, lua and I help other content developers where I can with odds and ends. So if I did create something and never wanted to share it, I think I have earned that much.
I know there are people here that want others to ask permission from them to use their work.
Some ask it as a courtesy, like as a mild condition so they can be aware of what is using their work. Kinda cool to see how others may utilize it.
Why do you want to be asked for permission when the art is already used for free in other non-commercial project(s) and you won't benefit from denying/allowing the use?
(if you do somehow benefit then explain how)
See earlier explanation about visual identity.
What do you think would happen if people didn't respect your desire?
(as in, what would you lose/gain/suffer etc., not the ones disrespecting it)
because people WOULD disrespect it, use it in kitbashes that destroy what artistic merit it would have.
I would really appreciate if people could keep the discussion civil.
heh, when you start it with this:
Artistic sense of entitlement
Not the best foot forward as it comes off that they are some how not entitled
after making the effort to make such a creation.
You would understand this if you gave up years of your spare time to work that others feel that they should outright have. Whether or not the work can be easily duplicated it is about the artist who spent the time to slavishly create said work. I personally think you all took lathan way for granted and there have been other artists to be sure.
If this sounds confrontational it is not meant to, I am just busy and don't have time to smooth out any rough edges on the above post.