Say No to Blackberry!I see now that this plague of horrible Blackberry contests will not end any time soon. First it was Neil Gaiman. Now it's Robert Rodriguez. I'm sure it will be someone else in the future. I can't stop people from entering. I can say, these contests are IQ tests. Entering any of these contests = Epic Fail. By entering, you are giving your work to Blackberry corporation for free. They are giving it to Robert Rodriguez and whoever else they like.Say No to Blackberry! by ~artlmntl
That's payment you're stealing from yourself and from professional artists who would normally get paid to do that work. By entering, you give Blackberry Corporation rights to do whatever they want with your work forever, whether you win or not.
This is bad for artists
You may not think it's bad because you see the opportunity to get exposure for your work, but this is precisely why it's bad. You want your work to be seen so that you can get paid doing what you love to do. But these contests are designed to short-
Neil Gaiman Does Not Want to Work With YouNeil Gaiman does not want to work with you. That little ad tab is the portal to a load of garbage. Do you know what it is? It's the worst form of crowdsourcing. It's Blackberry Corporation, Neil Gaiman and Deviant Art getting together to screw artists.Neil Gaiman Does Not Want to Work With You by ~artlmntl
That tab leads to a contest. In it, DA tells us Neil Gaiman has written stories and he wants us to illustrate them. Sounds like any other DA contest, right? Except... No prizes. No payment for the winners. Not only that, the terms of entry state that everyone who enters, win or not, gives Blackberry and Neil Gaiman the permission to do whatever they want with the artwork without ever having to ask permission or pay the artists a dime. And DA is the conduit for this mass robbery. To make it all the more disgusting, this has been disguised as a Good Thing.
Look: The ad tab says, Neil Gaiman wants to work with you. The DA contest page says, your work will be featured with Neil Gaiman's stories. You get a nifty blackberry badge on your DA pa