Hail to this dude for saying it.
These so-called companies (*you know who you are*) send out these type of “contests” with promises of free advertising of your work/a trip to wherever BUT also with the premise that once submitted, Company A holds all rights to your work, the commisions that go to your work, blah blah).
At least this guy was sarcastic though he made a lot of sense and the company still managed to be civil by replying to him with a polite letter.
Artists and writers take time and effort to make something extraordinary that they deserve compensation and intellectual rights to their hard work.
JUST BECAUSE IT’S FREELANCE DOESN’T MEAN IT’S FREE.
I write and draw and though I am in no way in the ranks of professional, I take pride in my work knowing that I have talent and would like to keep my stuff as my stuff. Should I get noticed and get paid for it would be awesome, but then again, I do this as a hobby. And even I feel insulted/appalled/bemused (yes, it’s another term for bewildered/confused) by the notion of these companies thinking that it’s automatically theirs for free, disregarding the minutes/hours an artist/writer has come up with an idea or thinking that just because it’s art, people have other jobs to support themselves so it really doesn’t matter anyway 😡.
Now try and imagine how professionals feel when companies belittle that notion thinking that it’s only a hobby.