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Art theft is probably one of the biggest problems that frequents the deviantART community. People make accounts and post pictures they found online, sometimes claiming they made them, sometimes not saying anything at all, and often times they don't even speak English.

Art theft is upsetting to any artist, whether its theft of their work or someone else's. This often causes deviants to lash out and attack the one committing theft, but this is not a good thing.

Here on dA, stealing art is a bannable offense. Harassment and abuse, are also bannable offenses. I have seen people go to town on a person, leaving nasty comments and sending in ban inquiries before the deviant even has a chance to react.

What we need to keep in mind is that not all of these people are purposely doing this, I've seen several cases where it was not maliciousness, just ignorance.

Harassing someone who is oblivious to the rules, giving death threats, spamming, and any other form of harassment is NOT going to solve the problem of art theft on dA.

We should be giving the benefit of the doubt to these people. Be compassionate, don't just shoot and ask questions later.

I feel the best way to approach a deviant who posted copyrighted works is to NOT report anything at first, just warn them and ask them nicely to remove it.

If they refuses to take down the work, and swears up and down they made the works, THEN start reporting works, and writing ban inquiries. But do not, under any circumstance, harass these people! It's not worth getting yourself banned over!

Just remember, BE DIPLOMATIC, and don't attack until you know for a fact that the person is doing it on purpose.

In regards to the frame of mind that "the admins should be doing this, not us"; Take into consideration how large this community is. It's like a major city, and the admins are the police force. They can't be like the gestapo and hover over everyone's shoulder CONSTANTLY, and to be honest I LIKE it that way. Just like any community, city, or street, you have to contribute to keep it clean. We have to work TOGETHER to keep the crap out.

We are not e-thugs, we're just fellow artists, neighbors, who want to take care of their community and help it grow.

Art Theft, Harassment is not the answer by RSR-Productions

/ ©2009-2016 RSR-Productions
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Ensomniac Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're joking right? If some moron posts someone's art and claims it's their own, you say they deserve compassion? I say they deserve to be made examples of. They should be immediately banned and their name should be posted on a bulletin board of violators of the communities trust.
To believe that they were just naive is ridiculous. The only thing I agree with is harassment will get you nowhere. They're idiots to begin with, so they're oblivious to your threats. Just notify the admins, and or post a notification on your own page, if you have evidence, and expose them for the clowns that they are.
UltimaZeroah Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeshh...i knew someone is brave enough to venture this art thievery road all y him/herself..
icecheetah Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
I agree, completely.
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RSR-Productions Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Thank you! :D
icecheetah Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
You're welcome!
RinjiSuno Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Lol You Spoke OUT XD;;;

I agree, but their are other sites that dont really care about those, i mean as long as they are not Fan Art, Orignal Art, Etc,

And they give credit for the Screenshots like

(lol Random)
(If art worked used, 1st Ask the person who owns them, link back, but b4 all that ASK!)

[Insert Name Here] (c) Fanart

I did edit screenshots, but they are posted on Photobucket.

I do get it that everyone has Different Opinions about this, but i do not care about the screenshots (lol will get a lot of Reply's)
WildGriffin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Fully agreed.
FullMetalMono Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of this article is well-written and (in my humble opinion) essentially correct. However...

"I feel the best way to approach a deviant who posted copyrighted works is to NOT report anything at first, just warn them and ask them nicely to remove it."

I disagree. More often that not, even the politest request to remove the artworks can result in hostility from the alleged thief. I find the best way is to do the research, report, and move on. It lessens dArama.
mixy-shiru Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
then I'll try to be nicer the next time I find one ^^
metalgearhead123 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Student General Artist
lol what about the people who say I gave credit so I'm right! doy! even when you cite the rules they don't listen lol I hate those people. and when I see something I report it its up to the admit to decide if its a ban worthy thing if its a repeat offense thing then they should be you don't have to talk to these people. Most reporting of stolen images will just be deleted and they will be sent a message explaining why
swyvemylife Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
"and often times they don't even speak English."

That comment is completely unnecessary. I'd say the vast majority of art thieves here do speak/read English; not only that, but I would say it's much more likely for an English-speaking person to steal art from a non-English speaking artist's website and expect not to get caught than for the reverse to happen.

The article has some good points, but the above quote is ridiculous. Just because a person can't read English, it certainly doesn't mean that he or she is ignorant or more likely to be an art thief!
FullMetalMono Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the point was not that because they don't speak English they're more inclined to steal, I think it was indicating one potential way that someone could be mis/uninformed about the rules. I certainly don't think it was intended to be disrespectful.
quikshadow Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said!
Flyhigh1969 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
You should always try and be reasonable at first if you then dont get any joy report them.
Nikyrias Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Well, I have to say that I didn't think about this much when talking to people about art theft. I will reconsider my approach and I hope that others will too. :meow:
Created-By-Caz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Very well put, I hope more take your approach to the problem.
WickedWriter Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Well said. I wished people would handle this more diplomatically.
pablodiablo316 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Well said.
XxMidnightKitsunexX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Wow. Finally someone speaks out about it. I myself haven't been exactly the sweetest person ever to art thieves, but I have only gotten truly angry at one who blatantly taunted me and would not listen to a word I said. Thanks! :D
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