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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.

Anywhere.

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

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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

Myths.


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.
:nod:

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:
~Ali/Astrikos
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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:iconchibi-scout:
Chibi-Scout Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
tip: ^^ Put a tiny signature between the legs that only you can see, and a signature that can easily be cropped out. Once the art theif thinks they have removed the watermark/signature and they post it, you can still call them out for art theft, and you can zoom into the signature between the legs, and show that your signature is still there. Sorry if that sounded confusing! Sweating a little... 
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:iconravenhartsliver:
Ravenhartsliver Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Does it count if there is a wallpaper website and some repost on it?
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:iconmikecone69:
MikeCone69 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016   General Artist
It's extremely disrespectful. by World-Hero21
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:iconemilyisrandom:
EmilyIsRandom Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I know a user who will reupload others art,and in the description claim its THIER ocs etc etc.And if the original creator or someone comments "THATS NOT YOUR ART." then she becomes a coward,and changes the desc. saying its NOT hers but she DOESINT know who the artist is.But obviously she is!She stole some artwork from a user called Forestemni,claimed it was her art,when shut down by Forestemni herself along with her fans,she changed the desc and said its not hers but she doesint know who the artist is.I know this is untrue because she FAVORITED the artwork on thier channel,then must have tooken it.
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:iconearthundermartians:
EarthUnderMartians Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Creative commons means jack shit.
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:iconwhetsit-tuya:
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2016  Student General Artist
I've seen my art on weird russian sites
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:iconshark235:
shark235 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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:icondemxn-cyborg:
demxn-cyborg Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
i've tried to report this guy called corphish2 whose gallery is comprised of entirely stolen arts. but i've been unable to report him because deviantart can't accept third party policies complaints? is there something else i can do about it?
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:iconterraniantrancegod:
TerranianTranceGod Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I've been trying to find out the same thing. Sadly, there is nothing we third parties can do anymore... All I know is
that they just direct you to that journal they made that explains what art theft is and isn't, which is a little offensive in my
opinion if one already knows exactly what theft is. Instead of listening to us and helping, they just took a step back and
made it stupidly worse...

Many artists are going elsewhere. I've heard that everyone is starting to switch to Tumblr or/and Weasyl. Weasyl is new, and it looks nice. You should pop in and give it a look. ^^
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:icondemxn-cyborg:
demxn-cyborg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
oh man yeah
most artists i really adore are mostly based on tumblr and they just occassionally pop on here for like once a century
it's just ridiculous, this amazing '''''art'''' website is doing nothing to protect artists and their works )
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:iconcartoon16fan:
Cartoon16fan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my art and DA users art have been stollen from wallpart.com and is making money

its a phishing site ment to steal all your private info as well if anybody can help please read my journal im not spamming feel awful that this is happening to us tried joing art groups and alerting DAadmins but nobody is helping us :( (Sad)

cartoon16fan.deviantart.com/jo…
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:iconmudana-dokuso:
Mudana-dokuso Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wish you were able to block certian user and stop them from seing your work so they are unable to steal because im having a problem with a guy right now. . .
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:iconfriendshipfan1996:
FriendshipFan1996 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in a Lion King group on Facebook in which art theft's a problem. I attributed my own work to set an example.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Did you report them yet??
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:iconmudana-dokuso:
Mudana-dokuso Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep ive reported most of his works
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Good! Good luck to you!
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:iconbutterflyvalkyrie:
ButterflyValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
According to DA, if it's not something solid, it's not art theft. D:
Honestly, I think you should have obnoxious signatures on your pictures you make. But put it on the layer above it. Save your original picture like that, the save another picture of it where it's all merged together. Post the merged one online, keep the non-merged one to yourself.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I agree. And that's a lovely tip!
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:iconbutterflyvalkyrie:
ButterflyValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really sad that DA had a notice about stopping art theft, when they don't even care about art theft themselves.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That's sadly true xc
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:iconbutterflyvalkyrie:
ButterflyValkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it's kinda like how Tumblr insists their updates are the best, but literally no one likes them.
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:iconhawkbri:
Hawkbri Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Didn't work 2 years ago, still hasn't worked since. We still get laughed at, even when we show proof that the person is an art thief here, they are ignored and never berated and banned, unlike other sites. On other sites, I've had, with help, dozens of people banned for art theft of any and all kinds, from tracing and recolours, to outright theft and removal of the original watermark.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That is true, which is rather unfortunate. Thankfully, there are measures, sort of.
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:iconhawkbri:
Hawkbri Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
In my opinion, don't post here, keep an account here, and make sure it ties back to your account on another site, and always make sure that has your name on it. Whenever you find your work stolen, post a link to your original and tell them to take down the one they posted and hope the admins take care of it, or they never make any money off of it... I was lucky enough to stop that on other sites, but not sure I've been able to stop it here...
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Useful tips! Thanks for sharing!
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:iconhawkbri:
Hawkbri Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
At least that makes me useful for something other than trolling these days on this site, haha, and maybe looking up erotic shit, hahaha!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
lol yes :giggle:
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:iconcrazycartoonwolf:
Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
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
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great tips! :love:
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:iconcrazycartoonwolf:
Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Filmographer
thank-you
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:iconthe-dork-king:
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
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Of course!
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:iconthe-dork-king:
The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
: D
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:iconmisslemons:
MissLemons Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thank you for writing this! I found it very helpful.
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:iconalessiah:
Alessiah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Writer
I dont know how to ban someone :cry: Can you please tell me :( (Sad)  much appriciated Hug  
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist 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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:iconalessiah:
Alessiah Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Writer
It helps! Thank you :hug:
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:iconthesmileyguy:
TheSmileyGuy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very helpful. Yes, and it is wrong to steal! >:U
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:la: glad uou think so. I get so angry when I see art theft.
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:iconthesmileyguy:
TheSmileyGuy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*DJ-Monster has tons of art theft. Want to report her? :lol: 
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:iconthesmileyguy:
TheSmileyGuy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I could, but I don't know how... hehe. ^^'
And sorry for the super late reply.
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:iconjocelyner:
JocelyneR Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:heart:
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