Journal Entry: Mon Jun 21, 2010, 6:06 PM
We have an incredibly strong stock community on deviantART that’s a lot different than anything else out there. It works on trust. It’s about creativity and support among creative people for each other. I don’t use stock myself, but community leaders who do use it tell me that, if what you want to do is going to stay on deviantART, there’s a whole world of people here to help you out with an extraordinary level of generosity.
I’m not blind to what is going on out there in commercial stock on the Internet. In fact most of the players in that area have stopped by to talk. If I’m talking to them, I should be talking to you too.
What a commercial stock house does and what a liberated free-sharing artist community does are completely different. That’s understood. At the same time, what a commercial stock offering provides - - like money to artists, access to standard use agreements that can be transferred to clients, focused search for items and tracking the people using the content - - is a package that goes past artist exchanges.
deviantART has a huge population of artists who are experimenting and growing and need the contributions of the thousands of people here who support our existing stock ecosystem. But we also have hundreds of thousands of professional artists with projects that need dependable access to assets that have uniform permissions and contracts tied to them. We also have thousands of artists who might want to participate in selling stock to a larger user base than the artists on deviantART.
So I’ve been struggling to find a way to get these elements working at the same time without disturbing what we have already built ourselves essentially one deviant at a time. I have some great ideas. In the conversations with some of these commercial companies we are trying see if we can work with a degree of intimacy and trust that provides deviants with resources for working artists without harming the direct deviant-to-deviant exchanges.
We want to do it right in the sense of providing useful, natural extensions to the deviantART tool kit with commercial-ready stock. And we want to do it right without invading the natural generosity of the existing stock community here on deviantART.
The best and most dependable place for ideas on how to pull this off is right here with you. I’d really appreciate some thoughtful community input on this.