Now that I have gotten your attention please listen.
A while ago I solicited some freelance artists to see some portfolios to hire some for projects relating to my T-Shirt business www.thetfactory.com
I did have some response, but most were reluctant to show me ANYTHING, as they were afraid of getting their works INFRINGED. Here is an email to me from an one artist:
I`m sorry I won`t be sending my samples. I am no longer participating on this website. I have helped a few people on startupnation.com and have gotten nothing in return (not even a thank you) they have taken my ideas and that was it...After I fine tuned some artwork/concept ideas for them they took it and ran, not to be heard from again. I`m sorry, but for me, they`ve ruined this website and I no longer trust it`s members.
I know you`ve done nothing wrong but I would suggest finding another entrepreneur family.
Sad, sad, sad. Not only does this ruin any relationship I could develope, it gives Startup Nation a slap in the face.
Too bad there are business `owners` (I use this term loosely) who think stealing is a way to lower expenses (A.K.A. Imbiciles). Sad, sad, sad.
To all you artitsts, I APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO! Keep on creating! You make the world beautiful to look at!
Design It, Print It, Wear It (TM)