Well, lets say that I doubt that rule is legally binding.Thanks marsiic! I read some of the pinned topics but I missed that one. I'm a moron. lol...
• By posting your artwork here, you agree that other members may use it in their own games.
Anyway, that's good news for my students. It takes too long to get permission from each author. So I'll tell them the art here is like open source -- free to use as they wish.
And thanks to the artists posting all this stuff. It's a great resource for beginners.
I can pretty much guarantee that 90% of the artists (and game dev's) that use this forum even know of that rule. Some people even use this forum to 'sell' their art work.. which they do post here. It's not so good if a guy pays for this art works, then sees it appearing in other people's games.
Do feel free to pinch whatever you need for place-holder graphics, but it's VERY good practice to contact the author, or the person he made the graphic for, and get explicit permission to use them.
There was a case before of someone who got lots of his graphics via a forum thread (and very good graphics they were, too!) and then someone else started a project, using those graphics. Needless to say, it wasn't particularly well received, and the thread was closed down (regardless of that rule).
The rule is a bit silly, but it does mean that people who want to keep their sprites to themselves, contact the artists by PM. But others aren't even aware of that 'rule' and share them anyway... although 9.99% there is no harm-or-foul.