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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.
Founded 3 Years ago
Dec 30, 2011


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You're not here because you're not logged in
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.
Everybody welcome the new founder TouchMyLexicon66

I've become rather busy lately and can't take care of this group like I once did.
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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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hpisbetterthantwilgt Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer is an art thief.
Here are some examples-

She's also been spamming others ->…
Real Mature, I know.

And also, if that wasn't enough, she's also made prints available for artwork that's not hers -_- ->…

CuboneAdopts Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
M0nstermutt making call out journals about me & my art. Please help me get this taken down and posibly banned. They keep harrasing me over something looking like their's :yawn:…
liddlepandatroll Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
ZazieDeon  keeps stealing art. Please report him
Little-drawing-Girl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
slyfan1030 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist
This person has been taking titles and descriptions from other peoples art works.
NianLauri Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
This account did not just steal everything that I posted.
He made a carbon copy of my account and is already posting comments in my name.
I had to warm my friends to do not trust him.
Can you please tell me what to do or will happen?
NlKlTA Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student Writer
ikeeponpaddling Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  New member
This person not only keeps reposting art from various places (mainly pixiv) and using stuff like tumblr search or we-heart-it as source but he/she also keeps editing the art's with made up dialogue or fake translations
An example:……
RandyTheWolfbear Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thewrathofthelamb.deviantart.c… attempted to spoil my fun on this site and he has done this with many innocent users/victims
pikakingbro0320 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Syslyk's art thief.
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