2D digital artists have a number of options available for image printing and sales. We can print at home and have total control over the output, we can use a local business to reduce initial costs, or we can use an online printer, some of which will market our images for a cut. It is this last option that I have been thinking about. Aside from maintaining image and textual data on yet another website, choosing the right online gallery/printer(s) may be the right marketing move for many artists.
Sites such as imagekind.com serve as my model, but deviantart.org is similar: you get an account, upload high-resolution pictures, maybe order a print or two to see if their quality is good, and then add some metadata. I recall carefully reading the contract for many of these sites, and I avoid the ones that do not allow the artist to recall their images and rights at will. What experiences have people had with sites like these? Are there any to avoid?
What concerns me now is a site called the Digital Fine Arts Museum (www.dfamuseum.org
) which, despite the .org top-level-domain and "museum" name, seems to be a commercial site. They want exclusive reproduction rights (no other 3rd party may reproduce images, though the artists themselves may), and they do not pay royalties for small-size reproductions. The contract is missing a bunch of boilerplate clauses as well, like termination and copyright, making the site seem amateur and to be avoided. Does anybody know more about this organization? Am I off base here?