I've been webmasters for various celebrity fansites(unofficial) like Kelly Clarkson and many fanlistings. In our webmaster world, we try to promote our celebs so we circulate and share photographs of them if you aren't aware yet. Thats why fansites have sections called PHOTO GALLERY where we upload photos (professional photos taken included) to share with fellow fans.
Let's face it, webmasters create fansites to support the artistes, he ain't a photographer. Needless to say, the graphics & layouts will require photographs of the celebs so if he cannot use these photos, should he himself stalk the celebs and take their photos himself?
On a fansite, you see a layout and obviously the graphics will all made up of celeb photographs. Icons, blends, avatars, headers, signatures are very popular in the West especially in online communities and also here. We use celeb photos and create blends alll in the name of "fandom". Is this crossing the line?
(Here, see what i mean, i use images that i find online to create fanarts)
Recently, I uploaded alot of my fanarts to Deviantart. My account got suspended and all the pieces were deleted. It says that they donot allow us to use celebrity photographs as part of our works unless with written permission.
Just wanna hear your take on this.Are you neutral on this or actually allows fans to manipulate photos you took to support the artist? Do we really need to seek permission from every photographer in the West if we wanna do a digital manipulation of Britney or someone really famous or just pluck out photos from these fansites?
PS: Flaming and arguements aren't invited. Let's create a healthy discussion