Howdy! My name is Tammy. I’m a geeky game artist and animator living life one dinosaur drawing at a time in sunny Burbank, California.
I'm lover of owls, sharks, and Han Solo.
My Portfolio - TammyOnTwos
Our Studio - Atomic Ginger
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Like what I do? Feel free to treat me to a nice cup of weaponized caffeine.
(Or you can donate something to our indie studio from our Amazon Wishlist)
It’s been a rough 11 days since the C&D, but my art is no longer being used without my permission for commercial uses! We did it, internet! Hooray for following the rules of polite discourse and getting fair results! :D
Anita, thank you so very very much for doing the right thing and finally removing my artwork as I had kindly requested. This is a fantastic first step to recognizing the rights of digital content creators such as myself, and a wonderful example for content creators of different disciplines to try to communicate and work together.
I’m very very sorry we were not able to come to an agreement for you to continue using my artwork, but please remember that the door is still open: I’d be incredibly happy for you to keep using my artwork for free as soon as you can provide proof that you are a California Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation.
While I’d love to take your word for it because women + games is a topic that is true to my heart, it wouldn’t be fair to the other orgs I’ve worked with to give you permission without proof. I know it’s frustrating, but I have to at least try to play fair and not play favorites. I gotta always fact check. Dem’s the rules. :(
(Remember, the easiest way to confirm a business is really a non-profit is to search via the official IRS charity site— you don’t need any private paperwork or anything, just the official non-profit business name. :) )
I hope that you will continue this positive trend even further and resolve the issues with the other non-original work that you have been using without the content creator’s permission, including @DinobotTwit artwork and the several Let’s Play videos from Youtube. As a lover of transformative work, I do hope that you will engage in direct communication with the content creators to see what their own wishes are.
With your resources, I would love to see you give back to the creative community by commissioning artists to create original work for you, instead of using their work without permission. You might be surprised at how affordable an artist can be, and many (myself included!) even love to gift their work away for free to good causes. :)
In the future, please consider using proper academic citations in your work for any content you use that is not your own— it’s the easiest and most professional way to avoid situations like this in the future and completely avoid any allegations of plagiarism from detracting from your own message.
Thanks again for resolving this issue! :D
PS: Just to be as clear as possible: Put down your weapons, internet. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. ;D
First and foremost - PLEASE look past the headlines. Read the previous posts first to have a clearer understanding of the history of the issue/my intentions before coming to any premature conclusions. Research is a wonderful thing. :)
First Update on Original Letter
Second - We’ve been in direct communication, but the situation is currently unresolved.
Third - I can no longer reply to your questions & comments on Reddit. My account was banned after attempting to host a non-related AMA. I still don’t know why or what rule I broke. :/
Fourth - When it’s resolved, I will definitely make sure everyone knows all is good again. :) I am not a fan of waiting either, but please continue to be patient.
Thank you all so much for keeping calm and having great discussions about copyright law, non-profit status, and Fair Use. If nothing else, at least we’re all learning something new. :)
Stay classy, internet. <3
UPDATE: ALL IS GOOD NOW. From my message on Reddit:
"I found out the reason for my shadowban— I had made a huge mistake and asked for upvotes on a comment via my Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Cowkitty/status/441986416138919936
I sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding! I hope you know that my intent wasn’t to gain those sweet delicious karma points— I was in the middle of being swamped with messages about a Reddit post about me, and I simply wanted to make sure my “official response” was seen so these folks could get the info they wanted, and then I could finally walk way from the computer and get back to work. :)
Good intentions aside, I know now I broke the rules, and I know now what to DEFINITELY not do in the future.”
To reitterate— I was shadowbanned BEFORE the AMA for asking for upvotes on a previous comment. Because it was a shadowban, it’s hard for the poster (me!) to determine exactly when they are banned— since I was still able to post in and get replies, I thought I hadn’t been banned yet until after the AMA. :D
HUGE thanks to the admins who were nice enough to give me the reason for the banning (Since if you never know your mistake, how can you avoid doing it again?).
After I found the reason, I wrote to the admins and profusely apologized for the misunderstanding and promised to be a good Redditor from now on. They were nice enough to restore my account. Thank you guys for the support and helping me get the info I needed to fix my mistake.
GG, internet! <3