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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. Do not send the group notes for reporting violations, by ourselves we can't do much.

What counts as breaking the rules?:
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, you should care. It's really offensive to whoever you're stealing from. They're not getting credit for the work they made and that's not right.
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!)

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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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You can't just say a deviant did such and such without anything to back it up. We get so many comments on our page which are just linking to a user, claiming they were harassing or stealing.
You need evidence for dA staff to do anything about it, same goes for here.

Comments without linked proof provided will be hidden.
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.
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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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MathematicGreen Featured By Owner Edited 16 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, is posting completely rude and  inappropriate pictures on DA. TammyDramaQueen is also harassing two DA people name 707Fangirl and DeviantMaster2014

Proof:  Forbidden Love by TammyDramaQueen

TammyDramaQueen needs to be banned from DA.
MathematicGreen Featured By Owner Edited 16 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
another art thief plus cyberbully has been spotted:


Stolen:  My Self by TammyDramaQueen

Original:  Just me. by 707Fangirl

Plus, TammyDramaQueen is being rude to someone name 707Fangirl
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MathematicGreen Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist is a cyberbully plus an art thief. He/she needs to be banned from DA since he/she never listens to us.


Stolen:  Hey by akimakirosy    and more.…

Original:  Hey! by Dinjo-Ginjo

akimakirosy is also harassing 2 DA people:…
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Anonycat Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist <-- this person goes around ransacking other people's stuff to add a few captions on them (sometimes he doesn't even do that) and then adds them to his own account as if they were his own.

His excuse for using premade stuff and claim it as his own is that he's " not good at biological drawings"

I've already contacted a few artists I could identify, also don't even try to reason with this person as he's disabled and judging by his comments, loves to use that as a tool for attention/blanket excuse against negative comments.
Foxyrulz Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Harmony404 has been stealing artwork. All of the art on her page has been stolen from other artists. Here's the link to her page:
Vincebae Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer

I believe they have stolen art from xlostinmars.

Stolen: My chibi style!
Original: Dani V [commission]

There are people sending points for sammineko16 right now hoping for commissions I don't think they'll receive!
inkblot-wolf Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago

user is ignoring peoples attempts at telling them to stop



by BlackMonkey-Pro group (most link found for their stuff is definately not safe. contains uncensored yaoi)


and now stealing art from  JustSyl
User is claiming it's  "This is a picture redraw from JustSyl, not plagiarism"
Original:Nathen after training!
D4Gr8M8 Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Tonlock773 has been spamming; potentially a stalker. See his profile comments:…
PasteIwingz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
S51-A Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
It's again, but I think he's making a genuine effort to change. After a group (I'm not sure if it was this or another group member reported him (I think)), he's started to credit almost all of his stolen things. Unfortunately, I don't believe he's asking for permission, so could anyone tell him to do that? The permissionless works are in his gallery and journal. Also, he's using art from the reddit leaks and this thread from 4chan.……
So basically, don't threaten him but just tell him to ask the artists/credit reddit/4chan please. (I should probably find more thieves, but this guy keeps on uploading other people's works, so yeah... Also, because of that, I'm honestly starting to wonder about his age)
Also, I forgot to say this in the other groups I submitted this to, but the links for the sources should be in the descriptions for his pics.
D4Gr8M8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
mlpdiamondcactus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
This person has used a base without any credit:…

The base she used:…
BrandonGreen6 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
Notice how it's interesting how she has so many deviations and in so many different art styles.
Fuzzyfurrywolfe1 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my art has been stolen by

this is the picture she stole…

could you please help me i had worked on this for a long time and im quite upset that it has been stolen 
inkblot-wolf Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2017
Artist is adding photo filters and editing others art work
highly sure without permission and not even a trace of credit…

Original (Can't find the original on pixiv sadly)

Original (Can't find original artist but shows been around longer)…

Rest of gallery is  all filtered/edited judging by title
Matthewyoung123 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017
Please help! A friend of mine is getting art stolen! By…
and my friends name is tempo357 help!
natashaZM Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The user is stealing many pieces from user and attempting to sell them, many others have brought this up to misty-dhara, with proof, but she has continued to deny it, please intervene here!
S51-A Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017 is stealing. Again. The last issue was resolved easily (he now credits the artist), but now, he stole that bulbasaur mimikyu from tumblr @… . Here's the stolen edition:… .
EDIT: Also, I'm not sure if journals count or not, but there's also this..
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mlpdiamondcactus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
HellishBackups is being rude to everyone in DeviantArt!
His account:
Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student Artist
There is this user named Gouhlsrule. Her gallery contains a lot of screencaps being watermarked, some bases that didn't give credit, images from other sites, and recolored an artwork by another artist:……
ZehtoraArkera Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This man has been stealing bases and characters from animated films. He draws over them in "his own way," and claims they are his original characters and that he made them himself. Anyone I know who confronted him was blocked and removed by him. I seriously think something needs to be done...People on his page actually believe this work is genuinely his, when it isn't! Here's a link to his page>
S51-A Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2017
I found that is a thief. They've stolen various art from the youtuber…
"Retyped Rowlet":…
Original videos:…
There are more videos in the playlist and more "art" in their account, and judging by the art style, may have been made by the same youtuber. Also, in this:…
you'll see that they admit to stealing art but say that they can't credit him (BrettUltimus), as he doesn't have a deviantart. I've confronted him many times (pretty much all the hidden/flagged comments were mine), but he flagged some comments as spam, hid the rest, and blocked me. Also, in his journal, he has various examples of art, and DOES credit the creator, but the problem is that he doesn't seem to ask. In a deleted entry, (you can find the dead link if you search "mega skeletron lovania". Its the 3rd one, and reads "Project Black: Just in time! I hope...), he used art by locomotive111 (… and… ) as if he were going to use it in a fangame, and while he did credit the creator, he (the original artist) said he wasn't allowed to use it in a fangame (You can read it in the comments).

Sorry for the massive text dump, but its been on my mind for a while now. I think its pretty serious, so even if it takes too long, please check it. Also, if anyone could tell me how to shorten links, that would be great. Thanks.

Edit: Oops, I remembered that I was rather rude to the thief, so I guess thats why they blocked me. Oh well.
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inkblot-wolf Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2017

Full of stolen art and badly editted on underwear

Stolen: claims to be a redraw or 'cover'. Just a terribly drawn on underwear……
by Sakimichan

From…… (full version is on their tumblr... warning r18)


BlackMonkey-Pro art (link found is definately not safe. uncensored yaoi)
D4Gr8M8 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
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