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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.
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.
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.  


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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We are the admins of The-Art-Police.
Originally founded by KimiConjurer, founder's place was given to SummerMelody454. 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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Sailormbmoon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Watch out for this art thief truecrystaldragon she won't take down stolen art work even if you report her and will viciously lash back at you.
ipann Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Digital Artist
What is your guys's advise on art stolen and posted on another site? 
My good friend had a character and her drawings posted on two different sites and the people claim they drew it but I know for a fact they didn't since I watched my friend draw it myself.
They are not being compliant about taking the art down, or even giving my friend credit! What do you suggest we do? Leave it alone? Or let the arguments begin?
Uriirhay Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student
Somebody help! This person has stolen my friend's art and recoloured over it!
Stolen -> Tina the evil bat by Zm156

Original -> Lelly :PC: by shadouge89
MonaLisa87 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
there is an "artist" who joined today and has posted three really good pieces in the space of about ten minutes but they have really varying styles and it just seems off. i do not think this is their work.
this is their profile, if you have the time, please check it out and if you think its suss, please do your thing 
SaraFox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello. I would like to report an art theft agaom. This person has been around for almost 2 years on different accounts and is a theft that I previously reported here as well. As each account was deactivated they make a new one. This is their 14th one. Help would be greatly appreciated!


Original: askruxandravioleta.deviantart.… 





KurumuchanXx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist…   Can   You    Report  this    User    It's keeps   stealing!!  My   Artwork     Report   It!!  
91vadpire Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student
She is stealing me and nonny lea's artwork and claims as her own
fakerscandie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  New member

Traces and claims as her own. I've found numerous originals of her "art" with an appropriately worded Google search.
KuroiOnigumo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I'm sorry for bothering you, but I just found out that someone stole a piece of my art and I'm not sure what to do about it. :(
I was searching for help and this group seemed like my best bet.
I hope you will be able to help me, because I'm so lost and worried...… This is the person who stole my piece
Brains-are-free Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
If it is YOUR own art, you can have deviantART remove it by filling out this form:
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