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Stolen Art, and How To Handle It

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 9, 2012, 9:21 AM


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This is quite an interesting topic because many of us will get into rage mode when we discover unauthorized uploaded art. There is many ways to deal with this, here's some of my suggestion if this ever occurs.

Stolen?
Some DA users are brand new to the site and do not fully understand what they can submit. They may treat it as a "this is what I like" site by uploading their favorite art. Nowhere in the description they claim they made it, but too quickly we will yell out "THEIF!!!" when the user had no intention. This is how you handle this situation...

Comment on the artwork kindly explaining that you cannot upload the artwork without the artist's permission. Or ask the DA user to leave a source link and credit the artist.

Stolen!
The biggest sign something WAS stolen is.... 1: They do claim they are the ones who painted it, when you know it was not. 2: They are selling it without the artists approval using DA's selling system. This is how you handle the situation.

Don't comment! It does nothing to improve the situation. Report to DA about the stolen art, they do care about this kind of stolen art. Notify the original artist about the stolen artwork.

And that's it! So if you come across artwork that belongs to someone else, just follow the above guidelines. ;)


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ThOdOr1s Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about placing artork on pages other than Deviant art, for instance, I have used one of your awesome drawings as a cover for my facebook group, I have added a link to your DA page and I do this to several awesome pony artists like yourself so people know about them, It is, in a way, handling artwork that doesnt belong to me, and there is no way the artist will know or notified since it's in another community, but, does it really matter that much where the artork is displayed? As long as the original artist gets the credit it's ok :D
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bryfury Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
nice tips, i hope i never get to use such knowledge tho u,u
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Having your art stolen is, like, the ultimate compliment. Only the really good artists get stolen from.
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bryfury Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
that one way to see it...
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Jabber-Wock Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Don't get me wrong, if anyone stole MY art, I'd be pretty ticked.
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SageLoneWolf Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Good Ideas.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice, mate. This'll come in handy in the future.
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asluc96 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to hear that
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therussianhippie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
useful
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JamesHalt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent and that's how it should be done
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StarryKnightStudio Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
that is very good advice on how to not let things get out of hand~ It's very mature and professional! thanks for writing this~ ^^
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Toxic-Mario Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is upmost the best and useful guide ever!
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revoltrv Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Approves :D Already got 2 people who agreed with me after showing you're topic 3 + :D If possible
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Predelnik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's sure nice info, especially because I saw a lot of times when comments of people who uploaded other people's art were just flooded with swearing and other stuff, which is totally not useful but could make them feel bad if they were doing in unintentionally.
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tailsobsessed Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Spoken like a true sir!
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guerreroperdido Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Definitely approve.

I've seen it happen plenty of times where artists instantly freak out when they see their art on somebody's page.

Sometimes that person is just a kid who didn't know any better.

But they lash out at them anyways, when a simple message would have done the job just fine.
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DeasyPhoenix Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree with your words
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DisturbingMachine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this journal! I can't tell you how many times I've seen people go crazy over this.
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SmashingTheOpponent Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with this though I have commented on stolen art before and told them to take it down. Eventually they did take the art down and I didn't have to report them.

There's been tons of cases where people are yelling at a new deviant for stealing art and the person was, like you said, treating this site as a "This is the art I like" type site. I simply talked to the person (became friends) and they took the artwork down and now just add their favorite art to their favorites. :)
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well put my friend. :nod:
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Fesoferbex Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your professional advice. I think a lot of new talented artists often are a bit overwhelmed with their own success, and sometimes part of that success is the thievery that might come with it. Also great advice for artists who look out for each other.

Keep up the good work both on the canvas and in the journal

-steve
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