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About Art Theft

Report An Art Thief
If you spot an art thief, let the group know. We will post a blog about the deviant and warn others as well as try our best to bring them to justice!

What is Art Theft?:
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.

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.
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Remember:
1. Always be as polite and courteous as possible until you can't any longer.
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.
Hello there. You have a lot of lovely art, however, I'm sorry to inform you that I have received a report about you in my art theft group. Recolors are not allowed on DA, and while I'm sure you never meant any form of harm or rule breaking by it I suggest you remove anything recolored from your gallery. I will not dog you or harass you on this because I like to keep things polite and peaceful, however, I do suggest you remove them before a less nice deviant reports you without even bothering to hear you out first or give you a chance to defend yourself.
Thank you for your time.

- notice that I am polite
- notice that I gave them a chance to respond
- notice that I did not say I would report them or threaten them in any way.
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.

- notice the rude attitude right off the bat.
- notice the use of fowl language
- notice the senseless insults
- notice the threat of reporting
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.
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If you have any questions or want help speaking to an art thief, send me a note @ KimiConjurer

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We're tracking down those thieves and warning everyone about the dangers of art theft. Art theft is a crime and it is NOT okay. So please, if you want to help and support the warning or banning of thieves, join The Art Police! Together we will work to stop art theft.
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Hey all.  Art theft is still a HUGE problem on this site but it seems that trying to take down thieves is only leading to the banning of honest artists.  Including those stolen from.  Some thieves have gotten away with stealing because the entire staff on this website is corrupt.  None of them care anymore that people are stealing art.  It seems they only care if someone steals from one of them and that they're getting paid.  Paid for doing absolutely nothing but run this website into the ground.

I for one am not risking my account being banned for being an honest member trying to get thieves banned or have them take down the stolen art.

~ SummerMelody454
Hey all.  I haven't been around much the past few months because of my job.  

Well I've been doing some thinking as of late and I've decided that I'm leaving deviantART.

It's not just realitysquared anymore that's not performing right on the deviantART staff.  It's all of them.  It's high time they all were removed and replaced with those who will actually do something about the theft, porn, etc. on this site.  I'll be looking for a new art site (if I can find one) after I save all my pieces on my laptop.  


PLEASE PERSONALLY NOTE ME IF INTERESTED.


edit:  I'm keeping my account but just putting everything in storage and leaving groups that I'm founder/co-founder/contribute in.
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Icestar237 Featured By Owner 35 minutes ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
mythicalgamer.deviantart.com/j… Someone sent me a note about an art thief stealing from other artists and I just thought I might as well spread the word and ask you guys for help. So will you please help?
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Anonycat Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflashwingdragoness: flashwingdragoness.deviantart.… <--- Stealing one of my bases to use for paid comissions, refusing to take it down even after being told to do so, and still believing that giving credit allows her to take whatever she wants to do whatever she wants.
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FlashwingDragoness Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
dumb*bleep* they arent paid commissions!!!!!!!! f*bleeping* retard i havent been on the computer, i didnt refuse you *bleep* i didnt see your message. *bleeping* attention *bleep*. you are lucky im on school computer... *bleeeeep*
& no i dont think i can do whatever the *bleep* i want if you actually READ the description you would SEE THAT I WAS UNAWARE IF I HAD TO TAKE IT DOWN OR NOT. LEARN YOUR *bleeping* SOURCES DIP*BLEEEEEEEEP*
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Anonycat Featured By Owner Edited 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... are you serious? Trying to type a self censor buzz as if this were a stupid TV show or something?

How old are you? Nine?

And you still didn't took the template down even 4 hours after claiming you would do it.
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Sempron08 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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Is a art thef that reclolors bases and then sell them.
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Anonycat Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deactivated.
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Sempron08 Featured By Owner 17 hours ago
That's good.
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szemi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This person has blatantly traced this Guardians of the Galaxy piece. 

Original: catcoconut.deviantart.com/art/…

Traced: karson101.deviantart.com/art/B…
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RoyalVirus Featured By Owner 2 days ago
removed
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