zork - 5:45 pm on Apr 8, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: zork at 6:17 pm (utc) on Apr 8, 2013]
@Leosghost, I "claim to have spoken to"? Yea, right, I'm just making things up here LOL. You are full of judgments and misconceptions that are clearly not based on the real world.
Listen, you are an artist, you feel that you should get compensated for your work, I get that. I am also an artist and have been producing art for decades (drawings, paintings, photography, and music is my biggest). You think that I don't understand because I never told you that before, well again you are wrong. I fully understand and have watched the RIAA debacle unfold just like everyone else, and I'm not entirely happy with how the music industry has changed... but I'm not going to try to force millions of people to conform to traditional ways of distributing my art. Instead, I am evolving along with them and figuring out that there are ways around the file sharing problem, namely performing more and raising the ticket rate, which is exactly what most musical artists have done.
Since you are sharing your work on your website for free, you've reduced your chances of making money from it in the first place since nobody wants to pay for something they can get for free. You still seem to be avoiding this point I've made over and over, probably because you simply don't want to be wrong. But the fact of the matter is that YOU are the one distributing your work for free in the first place. If you stopped doing that, your sharing (or sorry, "stealing") issues will cease, or at least be drastically reduced. Show your work in a gallery and charge for it, don't allow photographs to be taken. That is what most museums and galleries do, no? Alex Grey had a whole Sacred Chapel work that he charged like $25 to visit, and people visited because they wanted to see his work.
So, maybe you should do what most real artists do and make it unavailable through the web (save for small thumbnails or maybe with watermarks) and stop blaming other people for your lack of understanding of how the internet works today. Mathew Barney would be a great example of this: all of his movies are only available on laser disc and for thousands of dollars each. That has drastically reduced the chances of people distributing it for free and he's still managed to make real money from it. Tons of musicians get their work put in video ads, too, cuz they learned to get over the whole "sell out" thing and get paid more for their work and get more people to hear it. You need to change with the times, bub!
It just sounds like your whole business model is flawed to begin with.
[edited by: zork at 6:17 pm (utc) on Apr 8, 2013]