Have a Place/Category(ies) for Watermarked/Copyright Photos/Art/Illustration

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Pixoto should strongly consider having a place/category(ies) where photographers/artists can upload their photos/art that have their watermark/copyright on them, but are not used for Image Duels or Contests. This can help Pixoto from a sales standpoint and in getting more attention.
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Photos with watermarks on them are not suitable for sales -- images must be free of such information to be of any use as stock.
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And watermarks as part of the original art,not added afterwards are allowed in the traditional art section already.
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Bridgette Rodriguez

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Yes, but not photos and not digital art.
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Its against the rules here on Pixoto because of the duelling. Other sites don't do the duelling so watermarks don't really matter.
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Painting are not photographs. Paintings are a single piece of art. Photographs are not -- they can be reproduced en masse. You can print one, you can print 10,000. Not the same thing at all.
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And paintings with the artist's signature are available for reproduction on canvas with the artist's signature/watermark on it and are sold all over the internet.
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This is a different way of thinking--much like paintings are sold with the artist's signature, I understand there are sites (not stock photo sites) that allow people to sell their photos with their name/copyright on it. Just like an art piece, some people will want to purchase it as a gift, for house decoration, etc.

In today's business world, one must also think outside the box.
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Who would ever want to buy a photograph that had a watermark on it? Tacky. And highly unprofessional.
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Bridgette Rodriguez

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Photos are the art pieces of photographers. I would have no problem purchasing a canvas of a wonderful photo to hang in my house or to give as a gift that had the photographer's name/watermark. (And I know others who would, too.) And it would be an HONOR to give the photographer credit for their beautiful "work", much like we do/allow in paintings. (There's nothing tacky about that.)

We are in a new day and new world--the old ways must yield to the new way of thinking.
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Brigette, yes, I agree and just as you said in another reply, above, to Terry, reproductions of paintings with the artist's signature are sold all the time. Allowing photos with the photographer's signature in a separate area, but not allowing those to duel or be in the Leader Board, would allow Pixoto to get in on the market of people selling their photography on other sites.
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Called for back-up? :-)
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Johnny, that's the point of the suggestion. Pixoto can expand its horizons and by doing so can get a take of the other markets and we get to see other photographers' works that don't want to post without watermarks or may not even want to "duel".

There are some photographers (and digital artists) that don't and/or won't put out their work in a public forum without their name/watermark and there are some great and upcoming photographers out there who won't. If it's acceptable for paintings and reproductions of paintings to have the artist's signature, then it should be acceptable on photos/digital art and that those can be found in Pixoto (but can't duel or enter contests).

So glad to know there are people who can think and see outside the box and are beyond going by the rules of the1960s, and that some of them are here on Get Satisfaction and Pixoto.
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There are already a glut of sites that let anyone print anything they upload, even if it is emblazoned with an ugly watermark, on a variety of media -- everything from metallic prints to canvases, greeting cards to posters. Prices are good and the variety is tremendous. And with sites like Redbubble, the quality is excellent. As well, most towns and cities have photo labs that do an excellent job and there is then no shipping cost associated with it.
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Hello Bridgette, thank you for suggestion.
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Bridgette Rodriguez

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Thank you.
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Why not on a voluntary basis?
Everybody decides Copyright YES or Copyright NO. ;-)
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Bridgette Rodriguez

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Yes, exactly. Thank you.
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You are welcome Bridgette!
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Although I don't see the point in this idea I think if you decide to have a watermark then you will be excluded from the duels and awards since the point of those is that it is anonymous. If Pixoto allow this idea it is also to be hoped that they will not allow duplicates with and without a watermark to be posted. It should be one or the other, not both.

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