"Worst Of VCL" causes rumblings in art community
A recently-created furry portal called Fur Central has caused a few eyebrows to be lifted recently within the Furry community. The proprietor of the site has created a half-joking, half-serious list that he posts about once a week called "The Worst of the VCL." This hand-picked list profiles the thumbnails and description entries from various VCL artists. In the inaugral posting of the "Worst of the VCL" the author explains, "I've decided to start a new weekly feature ... for something that's been driving me nuts for a long, long time: bad art in the VCL. ... starting now, every week I will point out my picks for the 10 worst images from the VCL's recent uploads."Within the last three days or so this has evidentally gotten a great deal of attention from VCL artists and fans alike. Many of the artist and fan's responses have been going into this article, the tenth in the "Worst of the VCL" series. Many of the posts have been from artists who feel that their copyrights are being infringed upon. Several others have been from artists who have referenced the potential copyright violations and also voiced their opinion that having this sort of forum is in bad taste and harmful to the desire of developing artists to continue working to refine their skillsets. Another group of artists and bystanders have voiced neutral or even supporting opinions for the creator of "WotVCL."
Copyright issues aside (there have been a number of court rulings both for and against the use of thumbnails as "fair use" in the public domain) the issue essentially boils down to the question of "does a member of the public viewing body have the right to select individual artists and pieces and ridicule them, when said artists post their art to a public forum/archive?" How far does your right to an opinion extend? Is the author of "Worst of the VCL" within his rights to select and poke fun at art that could, very easily, be considered of poor quality by some individuals? Or has he crossed a line in daring to share an inside joke with the rest of the world?