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About Art Theft

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.

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 Mr./Ms. thief, you should care, because art theft is a crime and the art police will not stop until you are brought to justice!
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!)

Group Info

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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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.
Before you report a user, you need proof.
if someone is underage, leave a link to their page and a link to the comment/journal that they state they're under the age of 13. Telling the help desk "My friend told me they're 11" will just get you ignored.
Theft also needs to be proven with originals and stolen. If an entire gallery is full of uncredited art (used bases, doll maker screencaps), then it's fine to just leave a link to the page. Although, the original base/game is appreciated when given.
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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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rainbine1234 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist (art thief) I tried sending him a little note, but I haven't got any replies from him
so either he is blocking people who are accusing him or just ignoring us.  
rainbine1234 Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
either this person forgot to add the owner of the original art or its just art theft I checked this other images which was turned into bases, but it had the original version on the description.

and also this artist might need some help from you guys so here's a link to a journal that this artist wrote after someone stole a image from the victim… 
AranyaP Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Original: thedracojayproduct.deviantart.…

The Original artist's signature is still in the stolen edited picture, even.
Mooneon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please help. This troll has stolen my artwork, and claiming it's his/her. Please help, this is like my first stolen artwork, and I feel traumatized. 

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Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  New Deviant
Don't give them too much attention.
its a troll account, so commenting won't help tbh.
reporting them is more efficient than ranting

Stolen: totallynotstealinart.deviantar…

Cephei97 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
To add to Kiborg-Graph's comment below, they are also the founder of :iconuglygokillyourself:. It's a rather pathetic attempt at trolling, but could seriously hurt the feelings of those who aren't thick-skinned.
Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good evening.

You might want to take a look at :icongooglebygoogleartist:'s profile: art theft, harassment, founder of harassment-based groups :iconuglyshitartwork: and :iconhorseshitartwork:.
Nipatsu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Someone stole my friend's drawing, removed the link and edited it.


If you can help, please report. Thank you.
TomBoyX98 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Excuse me, this person has directly directly ripped my tag.

Could someone please report him.
Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant
Anime Hentai, stolen images…
ArtThiefAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  New Deviant
this person is an obvious art thief, please report…
Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  New Deviant
Beastiality. You can clearly see a naked woman putting the horse's dick in her in the gif.. mighty-stallionhood.deviantart…
Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  New Deviant
Mountains of call out journals & harassment XD…
Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  New Deviant
Ryangodzillasonicfan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist This guy stole the work from my friend.



Please report him.
TheRedJoker351 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ben10omninerserules.deviantart… this person steals art from the wikia, and used to steal other people's work, but i blocked him personally :p
MetalSonic428 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not saying this person IS an art theif, but compairing her art to other of her pieces of art, i think this person's art is stolen. potterzillaseries.deviantart.c…
Moonlightmica Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this girl has stolen my little pony oc /fan art from artist and she's claiming it as her own.
she seems to have a cussing problem and a spelling problem.

she blocked me, but please report her.
KyuremGirl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This person has stolen many professional artist's drawings and are claiming it as their own.

Please help report this as soon as you can.
SuperKamiNappa9001 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the stolen art:…

This is the original owned by me: superkaminappa9001.deviantart.…

This person stole it and edited a tiny part of it and claimed it as his/her own without even crediting me or asking for my permission. Please get to this as soon as possible. Thank you.
Vampielle Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist she steals art from my idols.
Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  New Deviant
mighty-stallionhood.deviantart… They claim they take pictures of horse dick because of "anatomy studies"... Yeah sure..also lack of filters.
AsCosPo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Huge art thief, People Warned many times to take stuff down, Take him down
EnemyFalse Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Filmographer
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