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Trouble With a Customer

It's been a month or so since this event took place, but considering I was steamed up enough about it to completely remake my TOS, I would say I still need some advice with how to handle it.

I do adult commission work over on FurAffinity, and I am usually witness to repeat customers. One particular customer, who enjoys adult art of copyright characters, has really gotten on my nerves. They had me do a full digital commission while in stream, and did not mention in his description that the character was a copyright character (his links also weren't all working, so if he supplied a reference that was recognizable to me as a copyrighted character, I probably would have said something.) I didn't actually find out until AFTER I had done the work and posted it, and that sort of annoyed me. This is a minor problem that I simply shrugged it out on, but he got worse soon after.

Upon completion of a VERY adult artwork of a copyrighted character, I sent him the finished work, as well as a smaller resolution work for him to post to his account with linkage back to me. Because I wasn't comfortable with posting the image, I asked him nicely to post the smaller resolution work only, and to keep the large image for his own personal archives. He proceeded to throw what I can only compare to an adult temper tantrum, going so far as to say that I was "neutering" the work and that I was being unfair. He very much wanted to post the larger image, and insisted that other artists he had commissioned had let him post the large image. I told him that because I wasn't comfortable with the material in the commission (I had already gently told him before that copyright characters beyond Pokemon/Digimon/generic weren't my thing and there was a strong possibility that I would not be posting them to my gallery) and because it was my work, I requested that a smaller size be posted so that I wouldn't be seeing a big version of art that I wasn't comfortable being linked to me all over the internet (previous commissions I had done to him had ended up on "adult toon" sites in a matter of days.) He hasn't so much as talked to me since (we used to chat casually on Skype) and has not been a repeat customer.

I got so steamed about being treated in such a way after delivering a decent piece to him that I entirely rewrote my TOS to include a segment about dictating the size of art posted to galleries other than my own when I wasn't comfortable posting them myself. Looking back I am still upset about the situation, but I wanted to see what you guys thought. Was my action correct? Should I have done something different?

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demonofdreams
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
I have a clause in my TOS to avoid this kind of situation, mostly because I give a watermarked, smaller file for the client to post and a larger, unmarked file for them to enjoy. It usually helps to outline it straight away in a TOS so that a potential commissioner can make their own decisions as to what they prefer. So far they've been pretty happy with it, although in fairness it's probably because the larger image is really quite large.

So no, I don't think you've done anything wrong. It's not something you'd usually think of at first, true, but it's good to know you've already edited your TOS to reflect that. And honestly I don't think he's a commissioner worth putting up with if he's treated you with that much disrespect.

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