Hey artists, designers and publishers! I have a professional question for you.
We’ve seen those deepart.io things going around, yeah? So…what does the law and/or ethics have to say about processed art, especially if someone else did the original piece that you’re processing?
Here’s my use case: Let’s say I start out by hand-building a rough clip-art-y looking piece of art. Like, I’m not even trying to make it look good: snip this animal head off and put it on that dynamic knight pose. Just like…rought bits and bobs from a variety of sources.
Taking it further, what happens legally/ethically if I run it through a service like, say, deepart.io? A living human being isn’t doing the work, it’s just a process/filter like you’d apply in GIMP, right?
And finally, what if the piece appears in a published for-profit work? The point here not being cheapness, but let’s say I just like the way the final piece came out. Although I suspect motives are irrelevant.
Not saying this is something I’m actually doing, but I am wondering how it plays out. I think the playbook art in The Sprawl (maybe the book art as well) started as CC-BY photos that were then heavily processed, maybe the original Apocalypse World pieces as well. My idea feels related but not the same.
Anyway. Hit me with your knowledge!