Anita Sarkeesian Accused of Stealing Artwork.

Anita Sarkeesian is an unavoidable name in gaming news. You’d be in a small demographic to have avoided her if you frequent the internet at all. She heads up Feminist Frequency, a website platform for her blogs and vlogs concerning feminism and its place in popular culture. You could argue til the cows come home about the slant of Sarkeesian’s work, but the truth is she leans a bit toward the negative side, more often discussing the ways that pop culture often pushes down its female constituents rather than finding ways in which it builds them up.

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admiralvic1740d ago

I fully disagree with your whole point.

For starters, this might not be a big deal, but it certainly isn't okay either. Clearly this artist didn't approve of the use of their artwork in this setting and they have the right to feel that way. I certainly wouldn't be thrilled if someone stole my artwork and was using it as part of a message I don't agree with or support.

As far as the title goes, welcome to the world of yellow journalism. It's far from uncommon for any article to get extremely misleading headlines in order to get views. That doesn't make it okay, but it also doesn't make it unique to her or something special that needs to be brought up here.

While I agree they look similar and even posted so in the past, I don't think it's okay to just say she can do whatever she wants too. Some artists are very protective of their work and some games, like Don't Starve, have a Tumblr devoted to people misusing fan art. Most of those cases are probably misunderstandings or the writer assuming proper sourcing isn't important, but I still don't think it's right to instantly think it's wrong for someone wanting to protect their work. Trust me, it can suck seeing people steal your stuff. I had GamingBolt FLAT OUT plagiarize my Metal Gear Rising guide without giving me any credit until I made a stink to the EiC and even then he half ***ed it. Some people could just as easily say I have no right to claim ownership, since I didn't make the game and my guide was intended to help people, though it still mattered to me.

Comments are generally negative on the internet. Nothing new or unique here, though I can say the comments on N4G were generally neutral.