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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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DieHardGuardGirl Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist - uploading high res unwatermarked versions of professional artists work without permission. Help?
sapphire3690 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist

This thief's gallery is full of stolen official game art, screenshots, fanart. His reason behind his stealing behavior is to "post other people's art until he gets better drawing his own designs"

This guy posts stolen art by the minute in his gallery and he WILL hide comments and block users. The gallery will continue to grow as long as this thief lurks deviantart. Spread the word and alert the original artists if possible!…

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KoalaOShiz Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconoceanrecord: stole diverse art from several users
(:iconlady-annjoanne:… , :iconxdarkhikarix:… , :icongothamtaco:… ) and have disabled their comments so we can't advert people on their thievery
xDarkHikarix Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey this person stole my and my friends's work, she's been ignoring our comments and keeps posting more stolen stuff
If every can help report them that would be a great help
kaylathehedgehog Featured By Owner Edited Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

This person is watching me and has stolen my art.  This person has also stolen art from other artists as well.

Here is my original art, and here is the stolen art.
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FigoFox Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
lanastoleikis2002.deviantart.c… This user has been uploading artwork that doesn't belong to him. I asked him three times to delete his artwork, but it looks like he is ignoring me :/ 2 pieces of artwork are screenshots from a youtube video called "just a surprise"… made by DA user Culpeo-Fox.
rainbine1234 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I am being watched by :iconaldair368: (art thief) and I don't know what is he going to do he might steal my images so please help me!!!
ArkangelMichael13 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  New Deviant
This account called (Mimmzy-20o3) have traced over (my friend) shannonxnaruto's artwork.

Here is the original (shannonxnaruto's)

Here is the traced version (Mimmzy-20o3's)
rainbine1234 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconaldair368: is doing art theft and have stolen several arts from others
I tried to ask him to stop in a polite way, but he is not threatening to steal my art
I tried reporting him multiple times, but it didn't work
so if you guys know a way to report a user please send me a note or reply this message
also he hid most of the comment to hide the evidence
xDarkHikarix Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a new art thief I've come across
I've reported his deviations but is there a way to report the user as a whole?
angelauxes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
That's nothing, look this huge gallery full of steals ->…

The only way for them of win is make profit of the stealed art, without that they're like kids tring to get false attention.
Natethecat24 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is a new art thief :iconmahdyyy:

They also threatend to steal my stuff
69Erocento Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This person traced one of my art and even ripped off the app element of the RP group I'm in
Their: Damon Thimothy Heriotsa, The Master of Smaragd
Mine: [IB] :: Baal Helling
And the RP group is Illegibilus
Mudana-dokuso Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist  Ragheeb is back again with his art stealing hes stolen form Kule Draws and has cropped out watermarks
VioletteStar20 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stealing artwork and claiming it as their own
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lolman383 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist… original… this person stole some ones art and is harassing author user and hes harassing a wole in tire group 
Titiany Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015 claiming dragon cave sprites as their own.
aki5 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I rarely post things like these, but this is getting out of hand:……

These guys keeps stealing artworks from several artists and puts diapers in them. How disgusting can it get?

With the sudden change on DA's "policy", I can't report anymore. I need help in taking these down.
Buryooooo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist
this user stole other's art


I've asked the original artist, and knew that she didn't agreed to be copied. please help report, thank you!
Dragon-Geek Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist… this person has art in there gallery at is from the game smite. these images are the in game loading cards for the specific god not there art. i am seeing a lot of  people doing this.
XRaychanX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone is stealing Sakimichan artwork!
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Lushain Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist…

Ummm there's a website stealing things from Deviantart and I was hoping it could get out there before someone gets hurt... 

Wth Is This by Lushain  Sorry if I'm not suppose to put this here but i can't find any other groups.... D: 
VivianWolf18 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist…

This guy has one of my artworks in his gallery!



And theres other drawings on there as well that he obviously didn't make
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