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Advice: Artist with Conflicting Morals

I need some advice, so I'll use a hypothetical.

Say you've put a down payment on a commission that the artist has deemed it nonrefundable. At this time the commission has not been started, no supplies purchased.

The artists now after being paid starts openly supporting something you're VERY against using social media. You no longer want to support the artist or be associated with them.

Is it fair that given the situation, you ask for the deposit back and cancel the commission?

EDIT: Just want to clarify, this IS NOT HAPPENING. I just felt like in this current climate it would be good to know!

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Apr. 20th, 2018 03:55 am (UTC)
I think it might be worth letting them know once the refund is issued. It might show them their behavior is costing them business.
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Apr. 20th, 2018 07:07 am (UTC)
Hm, can you elaborate a bit on what you mean?
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Apr. 20th, 2018 08:01 am (UTC)
That's disturbing, you reported them here, right? I DEFINITELY want to avoid this person.

It's interesting that demographic likes to play the victim once someone holds them accountable for their behavior. I had to block a potential client on twitter because the content they demanded I draw for them. They immediately spun it like I was fascist for not wanting to draw kiddie porn.

That's why I asked in this post, I'm interested in the changing scene furry is becoming.

Think it's feasible to make a client TOS covering if the artist, like, openly becomes a nazi or something? Like "As a client I reserve the right to a refund of the unfinished work portion if the artist uses hate speech in a public forum." It sounds a bit out there, but is it something we as clients should explore to protect our image?
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Apr. 21st, 2018 05:52 pm (UTC)
Regarding the idea of a 'Client ToS', I don't think there's much point in that because it's not something that's going to Trump an artist's ToS.
They're the one providing the service (Terms of Service), and you as a client are coming to them to provide what you can't do for yourself. Especially in terms of a popular artist, the uniqueness of what they're providing gives them more bargaining power here-- they can find other clients, but you'd be much harder-pressed to find someone who can replicate their art. Basically, if you hand them a ToS that they don't care for, it's much easier for them to just say 'no deal' and walk away.

I think it'd be better to just make sure you do your research about the artists you want to work with. Surprises may happen, that is a risk, but personally I think you'll only drive off artists by handing them an 'official client ToS'-- even if everything on it is perfectly reasonable, I think the entire concept might flag you as someone who might be pushy or a pain to work with.


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