Artist ethics is a subject that is usually overlooked until someone has done something unethical. Dictionary.com defines ethics as “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.” Of course, the particular group we’re concerned with is artists. So, artist ethics is the rules of conduct recognized in respect to artists.
As the Internet brings us closer together, the world becomes smaller and smaller. Ethical violations that might have gone unnoticed in the past can spread like wildfire today. Your little misstep can get you blackballed, and your story remains online for everyone to access instantly.
Make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Play nice. Here are 6 common ways for you (artists) to exhibit ethical behavior.
1. Don’t copy someone else’s art and try