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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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Brains-are-free Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  New member
Hello fine deviants. Now I want to say first thing that I am not a big fan of making "call-outs" against others, but, there is no good reason that some little kids should be allowed to try and fool people like this with lame filters when there are real artists that actually work really hard to make art.…… filter of…… filter of…

SaraFox Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist is an art theft returning for the 3rd time previously known as nekochan138 and nekochan139 which mainly stole art from XxMistressMomoxX

Help would be greatly appreciated.

I am very sorry for the spam over the same theft as well.
Anonycat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpookasnooks: Stealing my team mate's pixel art for her youtube videos and going absolutely hysterical when she was asked to give credit for all the stuff she helped herself to.


Some help would be nice, as she doesn't seem the kind of people who respond to elemental logic unless she could profit out of it.
Anonycat Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Update: she decided to break out the "I'm offended" and "You are harrasing moi!" cards.…
(And then she fell in love with the block button)
TFG1001 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014  Student General Artist their artwork has stolen adoptables inside.

Oh and ms-voice-of-reason.deviantart.… , a 114 year old (its what her profile says ) art thief who steals someone's work, and then SLAGS of the person saying they stole the work.
ShadowGirl7 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Suggestion to anyone who is a victim of art theft:

Report it to the DA help desk!

When reporting, be sure to provide links to the original artwork they stole from you, and provide the thief's name. (Note: They won't accept screenshots as evidence) Also, should help a bit.
Espurrfection Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This one just keeps using the excuse "I gave a link to the original!" without ever acknowledging anything...most of her gallery looks like traced or recolored stuff.


Nemo-TV-Champion Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student General Artist… multiple screenshots from the Pokemon anime
Metal-Jam Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
I would like to report an artist thief:

Most of the stolen drawings are from ''Durarara'' while she claims she drew them.
Sen-Eonia Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional General Artist…

I need help..... big time....
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