Silvaman.

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Recently it’s emerged that a new South African online platform has launched, hosting the work of photographers, artists, ‘architects’ and others creatives largely without their consent, knowledge or input. The profiles that have been created for the various (1598) non-voluntary members include work from other online platforms and members’ websites.

The privacy policy on the site states control of profiles, and of course the option to opt in for membership of the site – yet the large majority of the featured artists had not been contacted or notified of their profiles, in the name of exposure of, empowerment and support to local artists.

‘Silvaman is an online platform which allows students, graduates and creatives to showcase their work – search for inspiration and seek employment to pave the way for and exciting design career.’

Although the intention of the site – still in development – may be a cause for support, the execution of the idea has been poorly guided. In an age where internet accessibility and shared inspiration leave young designers easily open to exploitation, copyright norms must be protected, and the little guy defended.

The website claims to purely showcase the work of the artists, and not claim any imagery/content as their own.

If your work is on the site against your will, email Jason on info@silvaman.com to remove it. Go to silvaman.com to check out the site.

The site states the following:

We provide an online platform whereby students, designers and institutions can upload and showcase their work to a global audience as well as the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with like-minded individuals. This tool works simultaneously with Silvaman Inspire: the search will showcase Silvaman users’ content/imagery in the search engine, thereby further exposing their work. The portfolio section is project-specific but users can upload an unlimited number of projects. Their avatar is fully customizable and the user will have access to the activity on their works: likes, comments, shares and views will be calculated and neatly presented to encourage the individual/institution to further develop their public popularity.

The Silvaman Portfolios department will have access to the wealth of talented creative individuals registered with the site. Companies looking to employ individuals will be able to do so and individuals seeking employment will hopefully find their dream jobs through the site. We are looking at incorporating a student-exchange-program, as we believe the cross-pollination of ideas is vital in empowering designers on a global scale.

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    bianca luyt

    February 9, 2014

    I saw that my work is linked to this site and it makes me beyond furious as I was not asked and my work was simply copied.

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