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I run a review website and recently we had a situation (which has since been resolved) that I would like some outside opinions on.

Let us say that there is an artist studio that consists of 2 artists who work together. These artists shall be named B and C.

An outsider to the studio, person D, is a personal friend of B and asks B if they can get a commission. B normally doesn't do things independently from the studio, but since D is a friend they do.

D later reviews their product on my website, but they say that the Studio (consisting of B&C) did it.
I list the review under the studio name.

B contacts me and asks the review be taken down - they explain it was only between B and D and therefore does not reflect the work of the studio partnership.
To me, the work looks exactly like the studio items, but I feel that maybe they have a point anyway. Commissions between B personally and the studio of B&C aren't necessarily handled the same way.

The only problem now is: how should situations like this be categorized on the website?

Should the personal feelings not really matter about this and it be labeled as the studio's work since the item created resembles the work that the studio makes normally? Should notations be made in the review to say that "Person B specifically of the studio made this" but otherwise file it with the other studio reviews? Should a new page specifically for Person B alone be made, and have this single review there, totally divorced from the studio? Since B doesn't take personal commissions, it seems like a waste of a listing to me... But I'd like to hear outsider opinions, from other artists, how they might want their things listed if they potentially ended up in this situation.

The situation that actually happened was handled and filed a certain way, but without revealing what happened it didn't actually answer this question. So I'm still wondering what the right procedure would be (if we should have a standard procedure in place at all for this), because I am certain this situation is not unique and will pop up again eventually.

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Aug. 23rd, 2018 06:01 pm (UTC)
When we run into situations like this we do our best to remove individuals from studios. If someone approaches Studio for work, but Artist X has a bad review, there's no telling if Artist X will behave the same way. Or if even Artist X will work on the project.
Aug. 23rd, 2018 06:04 pm (UTC)
I think I'd separate them. You can put a small section somewhere like, "Related works" and list the studio there.

But think of it as if the Studio were a big brand name, for example, an artist working for Blizzard. And then they make NSFW stuff on the side with Blizzard characters. I can definitely see them not wanting these things associated.

They might do things on the side that the others of the studio might disagree with wholeheartedly. They might not want to police what their individual artists do in their own time or on the side. But they might not want to be associated with it either.
Aug. 23rd, 2018 09:09 pm (UTC)
I had not thought about it that way, but I think that would be a special case. Anyone can understand wanting to seperate NSFW stuff from a SFW studio.

In the scenario I am describe, the studio makes a certain product, and the person made that same exact type of product, just on the side "outside" of the studio.

So instead of a Blizzard artist creating NSFW stuff on the side, it'd be more like selling off adopts of Blizzard-style characters on the side. At least that is how I am invisioning it.

My worry is that some artists may latch onto "But this commission was personal and not by the studio" in order to potentially get their studio cleared from a bad review. As a consumer, I am biased and think that's unfair. Especially if the studio is only 2 people, who's to say the sole person doesn't act the same in the studio? Especially if a side commission was done during the studio's existence, and doesn't pre-date it.

Maybe this is one of those things that should be left ot being dealt with case-by-case?
Aug. 23rd, 2018 09:28 pm (UTC)
I can understand that. On the flipside though, if the studio doesn't normally take certain kinds of work, and someone does it on the side, it might mislead people into thinking the studio does that kind of work on the side. (I could definitely see people getting pissed off over this: "But you did this work for this other person!")

Case by case might be best.
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