Friday, 24 February 2017

Wix has acquired DeviantArt, which may let artists license their work for the site builder

DeviantArt, the online creative community, has been acquired by Wix for $36 million, reports TechCrunch. DeviantArt will continue to operate as a standalone company, and will put investments into building out desktop and mobile apps. In a blog post, DeviantArt CEO Angelo Sotir said joining Wix will allow its members to access the site builder’s tools to help boost artists’ online presence and get their work featured in more places. Those places can include, of course, itself, if the artists agree to license their work. “Deviants continue to own their own works,” Sotir wrote. “In the future, there’s a possibility Wix might provide opportunities for you to license your work — only if you want to — to more people around the world.”
If, like me, you haven’t been to DeviantArt dot com in a while, much of the site looks largely similar to when it first launched in 2000, bar a new company logo that unveiled in 2014. It still features an army-green layout with skeuomorphic buttons, and a Myspace-like comment wall where other users can leave shoutouts and compliments on your profile. It also kept the blog feature which, nowadays,


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