I am a happy artist who pays his rent thanks to FREE exhibitions of my work on the internet, including this awesome website.
My art and comic book (http://www.rom.ac) is now famous around the world because people share the images I create through blogs, torrents, wallpapers and re-posts.
I allow everyone to download and view my paintings and comic book for free on the internet. If someone who likes the digital version of my painting wants to buy a printed version, they pay me or a publisher who's authorised to print my work, which in turn cuts me a % from the print sales of this painting. At the same time I can put up a couple of nice, non-intrusive commercials into my online exhibitions that I myself approve of, and that will pay for the rest of my expenses.
I believe the same "Free digital content" policy should apply to all digital media arts. If the public likes the content, they WILL buy a solid copy of it from the artist. There are people who will love, cherish and support the ar