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January 26, 2013
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Permission Issues and Art theft: It's sadly  a common thing now.
It is a  huge problem on deviantART/ internetz.
I'm in ur post! Shakin mah fish!Oh Noes!I'm in ur post! Shakin mah fish!
But wait!  IDK what art theft is..Stupid Me!
Then Read this!

Art theft is unacceptable. Think about how long people spend on their works. And how much of themselves go into it. Now someone else has spent 0 seconds and claimed it as theirs. NO.
Sad dummy
You must credit resources. That includes OCs, stocks, brushes, textures, snippets of code(no, changing the colors of a journal skin does not mean you made it) , tutorials(sometimes).
Written credits. Google images is not  good enough.

Read these FAQs.

Places you may find your work stolen.


tumblr, facebook, twitter, random foreign sites, pinterest, 500 px, whatever. Keep an eye out!

GrumpStare Oh Noes!     deviantARTFacebookGoogle+Twitter

Finding Your Stolen Works

Read this!

#1 Basically, you can drag and drop and find the source code.

Protecting Your Works

  1. Create a water mark and a signature. Do not make it obnoxious though...
  2. Do not allow downloads on your work. Uncheck the box. It may not prevent it completely, but it can help a litle. 
  3. Do not provide a huge size image. High resolution: no... Easy to right click, save and done.

Notice the Edit button. Notice the share buttons.

Screen shot 2013-01-26 at 12.07.21 PM by Astrikos


Scroll down until you hit this screenage area:

Screen shot 2013-01-26 at 12.07.41 PM by Astrikos

About the creative commons license.

It depends...

"Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical
infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation."


  • Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?
  • Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?
  • Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?
  • Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free?

If you answered yes: to any of the questions above, then you should learn more about Creative Commons."

  Screen shot 2013-01-26 at 12.07.47 PM by Astrikos

Screen shot 2013-01-26 at 12.07.55 PM by Astrikos

Where it says Sharing:

You can keep them hidden, but that will encourage saving/reloading without crediting you. A bit of reverse psychology there, but it depends on your preference.

Screen shot 2013-01-26 at 12.08.03 PM by Astrikos <The last option stop people from seeing your work, unless they are logged into deviantART.

Reporting Deviations on deviantART'

Did you find stolen work? Try reporting it to make a difference. It will contribute to the cause and share awareness.

Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 7.59.48 AM by Astrikos<Click report deviation.
This screen will appear:
Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 8.01.58 AM by Astrikos

Fill out the form correctly. Please double check that the work is stolen, and find out the correct artist.

Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 8.03.08 AM by Astrikos

The form for permission issues looks like that.
Be thorough. You want to be as clear as possible, while having all the right facts.
Disclaimer: I used This as the model, I did not actually report poserfan's deviation.

Hopefully, that was useful!

Protect your works! :la:
Updated with Thiefoworld's input.
Updated: More about the Creative Commons License.
+ How to report a deviation.

Sorry for the obnoxious use of emotes. :tehestare: by Morgue-Awall

`Infinite-Heart explaining how to prevent art theft on dA.
Updated: ^Thiefoworld's input.

Updated: More about Creative Commons.
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Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Free copyrights are avalbile online and help bind extra security to pictures. Unfortunately, although you can submit fan work to be registered it would not always be acceptable. Some copyright sides view fanart as infringement of rights to the owner of the characters in the image. I don't think this is the case with photos taken of a character or location (example disney world) 
and these sort of copyrights are extermely useful to writes and people drawing orignal characters.
da offers Creative Commons copyright but it isn't very noticeable on the posted image
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014   General Artist
Great tips! :love:
Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
may I feature this in my group, to-catch-a-thief ? I want to spread this journal around because it would help a lot of people :D
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   General Artist
Of course!
The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   General Artist
: D
MissLemons Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thank you for writing this! I found it very helpful.
Alessiah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont know how to ban someone :cry: Can you please tell me :( (Sad)  much appriciated Hug  
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   General Artist
You can block someone by going to your settings> General > Scrolldown to Block Users, and type in their name. 

You can't ban a member, but blocking will help. Or you can report them to an admin!
Hope that helps! :heart:
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