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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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HotaruRed Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
:iconilikefoxy: is stealing art commissioned by :iconaclipes64: by using the art as him icon. He has been warned many times since, but hasn't responded.
Aclipes64 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for the mention.
HotaruRed Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
no prob, I wanna get rid of this guy as much as you do.
Anonycat Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpony-henry: This person is selling recolored and basic edits made out of our animations here: :icondesktop-pony-team:

I already notified him of why what he's doing is wrong, but seeing how he likes to hide posts I may need some help with this issue.

Also, his gallery is full of uncredited recolors.
JonFawkes Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Art theif here:

Most of the art comes from Pixiv and Tumblr I think, which means it's impossible to find the source by reverse image searching
Ragecomics100 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i came across stolen art…
please report it
HouseOfFrancis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
:iconsallyjones1998: has stole my artwork:
Chillay1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist she steals art
3P-RUSSlA Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  New member
mewmew12378 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Stealing adopts, refuses to give refunds.
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