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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!

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

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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:iconcrazycartoonwolf:
Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student General 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
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014   General Artist
Great tips! :love:
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:iconcrazycartoonwolf:
Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student General Artist
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   General 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   General 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  Student 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   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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:iconalessiah:
Alessiah Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student 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   General 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   General 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   General Artist
:heart:
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:iconmerudie:
Merudie Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Artist
Ah.. Hello. I'm new here on dA.. I do Color My lineart stuff but people can't seem to stop tracing it without my permission.. I mean, you are supposed to color it but not trace it.. Could you help me with my problem?
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   General Artist
Hmm.
Report them, and make a nice big watermark that is only removable if you note them the actual lineart image..
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:iconmerudie:
Merudie Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you very much for the help :)
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   General Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconnaruto-fan12:
Naruto-fan12 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Take a look at a perfect example of tracing: [link]

lol at all the people flooding in defending tracing and taking credit for other's hard work.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   General Artist
It's awful :nuu:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your article has been FEATURED in my 8th Diary of Jane journal, thank you for sharing it with all of us :heart:

:frail:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconmealeaying:
MealeaYing Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Well that a lot of stuff.
I think I'm thrilled that all my crap is in the public domain, it saves me a lot of worrying about nothing.
The best part is I never have to be a fucking snitch.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
:nod:
Ah that's good.
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:iconcensoredsecret:
CensoredSecret Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You could blur our the picture of the model you used instead. That way you wouldn't make the creator uncomfortable at all. To make sure it doesn't confuse people as to why it was blurred out, you could but a note about it such as "this is blurred to protect the model deviation and its creator, they weren't actually reported but only used to model it" or something.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
I will soon. It's mostly pimps for them and demonstration purposes only.
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:iconchli:
CHLI Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just wanted to let you know that in the third section there is a typo, it says litle instead of little. Used in this context : Do not allow downloads on your work. Uncheck the box. It may not prevent it completely, but it can help a litle.

You can hide this comment or whatever you like, just wanted to let you know.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for finding that! :la:

I'd never hide it :iconlovelyemoteplz: unless you wanted me to. :)
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:iconchli:
CHLI Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome =)

No, I don't care. Thanks though.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
:huggle: :heart:
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:iconchli:
CHLI Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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:iconcyphervisor:
CypherVisor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Awesome article! :#1:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcyphervisor:
CypherVisor Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
:hug:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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:icon0illecebra0:
0illecebra0 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You wrote a short, but effective journal. And I donīt find the emotes annoying, in my opinion they emphasize the information! :)
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Aww thanks! :heart:
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:icondaredesignstudio:
DareDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great write up,

You can also embed copyright file (if you have one) within Photoshop as well.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Ooh, very awesome! I may have to make another article with community advice added in!
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:icondaredesignstudio:
DareDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:thumb351198309:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
:nuu: Broken code!
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:icondaredesignstudio:
DareDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I fixed-ed it lol
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   General Artist
:la:
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:icondaredesignstudio:
DareDesignStudio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Here you go; [link]
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:iconombreon:
Ombreon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If people find art they THINK is stolen but need to check, they can reverse image search on google. If they go to google images and click the blue camera, then they can paste the url or upload the picture. It might take a little while to sort through the sources, but still.
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