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Report Rule breakers
If you spot rule breakers, let the group know. Leaving a comment on the main page is the easiest way for us to view reports! If a lot of people report the same person, typically dA responds more. Do not send the group notes for reporting violations, by ourselves we can't do much.

What is Rule Breaking?:
Art theft is the taking of someones art, whether it be paintings, posters, fanart, literature, etc. and posting it as your own. Art theft is ranked as the fourth largest criminal enterprise due to all of those who steal art, post it as their own, and then sell it. FAQ #8: What are violations of the DeviantArt copyright policy?
Underage is when a deviant is under the age 13 but continues to use the site away. FAQ #696: How does DeviantArt comply with COPPA?
Pornography FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?


5 Art Theft Situations 'What is and isn't Art Theft':
1. "But Everyone does it"
Sorry to say, but a lot of people do steal art, but not everyone does it! Even though it's common, not everyone is a thief. This is NOT an excuse.
2. "You're just jealous!"
No one is jealous of stolen art. The fact that you're stealing it and claiming it as your own seems pretty jealous to me though.
3. "Too bad, I don't care."
Well, you should care. It's really offensive to whoever you're stealing from. They're not getting credit for the work they made and that's not right.
4. "But I Gave Credit!"
Although giving credit is the right thing to do, it is still theft unless you have permission from the original artist. Please get permission.
5 . "I Didn't Trace, I Only Referenced."
If this is true, it is okay to reference another piece, but only if you give credit to the original artist and ask their permission. However, this may be a lie. Take a look at the picture in question, you should be able to tell if it was traced or not.
1. Always be as polite and courteous as possible.
2. Always listen to the thieves side of the story. Just because they did a bad thing, does not make them a bad person.
3. Try and be fair. Let them know what they did is wrong.
4. Always give them a chance. Don't just report them right away. Politely ask them about the piece in question and suggest that they remove it, don't try to force them. If they refuse or ignore, then report them.

Example of a good way to speak to an art thief.
Hi! You shouldn't upload art that you haven't created, it's against the ToS of deviantart. I, as many others, would love it if you took all of it down. thanks!

- not threatening
- didn't mention reporting them
- asked them to take it down
Try and be nice, they might just be nice back. I've encountered a large number of thieves who I never had to add to the blog because they appreciated my politeness removed all they stole.

Example of a bad way to speak to a thief
Hey you, stop posting shit that isn't yours! You are a lowlife who pretends to be good at art so people will like you. Stop, it's not fair to the original artist and anyone who defends you in this is stupid too for letting you steal. I'm reporting you now so you better remove it before the admins find it.

- rude
- swearing at them for no reason
- harassment
- mentioned reporting, which is also against the rules.
Once again, try to be nice. If you're mean to them first, chances are they'll be mean right back and you won't get anywhere.
If you have any questions or want help, send the group a note! (Or an admin!)

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We're here to stop all the members of deviantart who continuously make dA worse for everyone. This includes, but not limited to; Art theft, underage, pornography, harassment.
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Dec 30, 2011


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You can't just say a deviant did such and such without anything to back it up. We get so many comments on our page which are just linking to a user, claiming they were harassing or stealing.
You need evidence for dA staff to do anything about it, same goes for here.

Comments without linked proof provided will be hidden.
if on our homepage there's reports that have already been solved, should we hide the comments and only keep active cases up?
Such as someone is reporting an art theft and it's already taken down, or a user is already banned.
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We are the admins of The-Art-Police.
Originally founded by KimiConjurer, founder's place was given to SummerMelody454 and now passed down to TouchMyLexicon66. We are both dedicated members of the group. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to send the group a note and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for joining, and welcome aboard The-Art-Police team.









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MJANSRN Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, an individual known as Cassycolo23 here on deviantart is someone who is known for tracing other people's art and posting it as their own (some notable examples I will link here:……. Both pieces are traced from art pieces done by OhHoneyBee). I'm hoping something can be done about them, and many many maaaaaany people have called them out on their shit, but yet the stolen art remains. Maybe this'll do something...
NintendoLover105 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Student General Artist

Known for stealing and vandalizing copyrighted works into "fetish art." See the whole gallery: biliahthesegagamer.deviantart.…
XxAnimaTorixX Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
YourDunkleSansHasArt Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This kid makes fnaf porn fetishes such as inflation

get this kid off of deviantart 
SALT--WATER Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
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boysorry Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Jengineerr has stolen art from various users. upon calling them out on it, my comment was hidden and my account blocked.

art is stolen from various artists, some on deviantart, others on weibo, pixiv, others from russian art sites.

here are literally all of his pieces with the original, so you can reblog, favorite, like, etc, from the original artists if you enjoy the art.


original: (KaleLomari, your art has been stolen.)


original: (you629, your art has been stolen.)

original: (im guessing this is the original? not sure)

original: not found? but i found many reposts on weheartit and tumblr and the like, the stolen image clearly cropped


original: (you can find this by clicking on one of the thumbnails)

original: not really found, google said there were 41 identical sources other than the ones that showed up when i searched, but the image seems to have been scattered everywhere

original: not found, but there were many images uploaded before the stolen work, clearly showing it is not their work

original: not found, but there were over 90+ sources other than the ones that showed up posted prior to when this artwork was, at a higher resolution


i missed about 2-3 works out of the 17 in the gallery. one of which ( ) appears to be original work as google reverse image search did not show anything. but i dont know.

CmDhalo42 , Feathermine , Sander21344 , DevastonD - if your usernames have been mentioned here, dont worry. you did nothing wrong. im just mentioning you guys here because you guys had commented on Jengineerr's work and if you guys wanted to show the original artists some love.

so yeah, oof.
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nathal32 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
LegioXI is taking screenshots from popular video games then makes profit off the hard work of the employees who worked on these games:…

The piece in his gallery, whom is being sold:…
The original screenshot from the game:…
Yurrie-the-Bunny Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icon7uprulez: traces and recolors a lot of art! But I need your help to find the stolen pieces! I only found one so far:……
Please help me expose this deviant!
How do I know they're stealing all the time?
The quality of the art they actually draw is very low quality.
But the art they steal is a little bit better of quality.
And how I can tell they trace:
The anatomy looks very off, like it was being traced along the lines of another picture.
Please please PLEASE help me expose more of their art theft!
They're not only a theft, but they are very rude.
They gave me a panic attack once.
They tell people to lick her genitalia, even if she knows well that they people are LGBT.
PLEASE help me stop this deviant!!
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Nameless-001 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  New Deviant
How do i report a profile?
Astrokiwi Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwolfykitty1:   has stolen a lot of others' arts.

Examples: (submitted in March 2016) from (submitted in april 2010) (submitted in April 2016) from  (submitted in October 2011)

and a lot of other stuff without credit the original artists.
q-KiNtsune-p Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
KIRUUA 's gallery consists mainly of stolen art and she claims that it's hers…

These are just some examples, because as I already wrote most of the pictures in her gallery are stolen
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Warning, there is a relentless art thief in our midst, stealing and modifying art from several artists around the world, again without their permission. 

Leathernero is a proven art thief.  He has been banned before here on Deviant Art and on Renderotica and Art of Darkness, under the name of masterFnero and else where as Faizannero. I, and a few others, have reported him to Deviant Art almost a week ago, with ample proof and references, as well as a reference to the ticket that managed to ban him previously. Works are stolen from artist Sequent-C, Madbob and Arcas (from art of darkness).

Yes it is violent of nature (not entirely my thing) but art is art.

Leathernero obviously denies all of it, he says he has permission, which is false.

Unfortunately Deviant Art has not yet responded officially to me. I hope this is just a simple delay.
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CreditKOG Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist

Stole art from me.…

Right after I posted the download link, they downloaded it and posted it to theirs few days after. Exact same thing. But credits me for "drawing the eye textures". 
Shiningstarofwinter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking for a tutorial or some thing similar to help me learn to identify traced or otherwise stolen art. If anyone could point me in the right direction I'd really appreciate it.
Retzyn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
A previously banned user, :iconswaggyjay317:, has suspectedly returned as :icontwe-leven:. Even if he ISN'T Jaydude, he's still stealing art.
For example, here's the original picture by :iconofficialtwj:, posted in 2015:…
And here's the stolen image, stolen about a day ago:…

There's more proof and there will be if he continues. He keeps claiming the pictures are theirs, and even stole :iconofficialtwj:'s profile image, although he claims he retraced it (although it's obviously a lie).
KayKitsune Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016 has been using art by an artist on tumblr. I have been speaking to one of the original artist's friends on tumblr and I have seen the originals on the artist's tumblr. They have had to lock down their account on there as they are worried it will happen again. if you need proof I can sent screenshots of the conversations and of the original artists tumblr and twitter with the proof of how long ago they created their work. I'm trying to help them out as they do not have a deviantart account and this art thief has been going on for too long.

Hopefully you will be able to help the original artist get this page taken down.
SALT--WATER Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Fetish porn story. Young girls locked in animals suits, devices shoved in them and breast fondling..…
dark-mirage-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Been claiming they drw these works

So far I can only locate these…  (cropped)

Original  ( Pixiv artist has deleted the original one sadly so have to use Zerochan )… (cropped again, can just make out corycandlelit sig)

Original by corycandlelit on IG…
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SALT--WATER Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
NicolieAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  New Deviant  Digital Artist
Someone by the name of BLACKBUTLERFANNEKO claims to have drawn multiple characters but in fact, actually uses Rinmaru Mega Anime Creator.
She claims that it's because of "similar" styles but in fact, no.
It's not. She basically claimed that teh game has a similar style as HERS
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