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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!)

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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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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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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
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!
That's all fine and dandy - but what if you find the rightful artist - and they don't want to prosecute ( DMCA takedown notice  ) --- then -- the thief wins ! ( so much for justice )

Photo Theft 3 - The Latest
LOLWUT65126216 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Please! :iconnoblewings174: CANNOT BE TRUSTED!!!
he's an art thief!



When I told her it wasn't hers, this is what noble said.…
FigoFox Featured By Owner 4 days ago
lanastoleikis2002.deviantart.c… Almost everything in his gallery is stolen and he is acting like nothing is wrong. I reported him months ago, yet he is still not banned.
lanastoleikis2002.deviantart.c… Here you can even see the original artist commenting that he should delete the picture, but he does nothing about it :/
UnbeatableWarrior Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This person has been taking these few years old drawings from Facebook (Mine) and has been claiming them as her own in here since a few days. I have asked her to at least give credit or remove the drawings from the submission, but she completely ignored it (She saw it, since I wrote it in a note, but didn't answer). One of my friends posted a comment on one of the drawings and it looks like it has been hidden by her. This is who she is: :iconscourgethedestron:

Original art:……………… (This one has my old signature on it... Very subtle hm? *sarcasm alert!*)

scourgethedestron.deviantart.c… (The signature is still here... Has she really done the drawing by herself? Hm?)

There are two or three more drawings with the same drawing style that have been stolen but sadly I do not have enough proof to show they are mine. Reporting even one of these pictures would help me a lot.

EDIT: I would also like to add to, if it's possible, not post in any hurtful comments (or just go, report the art and that's it) as she has anger issues and could blame me or most of you guys for getting her in trouble. I am not saying to make is a more spy--ish as possible, but I would like it if she doesn't get a ridiculous amount of blame for it. Thank you all for understanding. :)
LemonLolly16 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Person reposts other people's art
Kittysly Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
art thief and impersonator of my friend's old account: blushpie-cr3m-sucks
art thief uploaded: blushpie-cr3m-sucks.deviantart…


time art thief uploaded: 21m 26s ago (not the exact time)
Time CR3MB-PON-Y uploaded:  January 20, 2016
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Natethecat24 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art Thief :iconthumtu:
Natethecat24 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art Thief :iconthumtu:
ProNovice Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist…

You can see the original artist in the corner and it is wayyy too high quality compared to their other art.
Anonycat Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist…
Butturt thief offering 100 points to whoever assist her on a petty revege against a person who reported him for tracing and reselling his art.

*Edit* She deleted the original message and reposted it on a new journal entry to get rid of comments telling her how stupid she was being.

Her entire gallery is nothing but generic vectors and feet pics harvested from the net anyway.
NintendoLover105 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student General Artist
rainbine1234 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist

description translated:
Dear deviants , if you hate it when the vegans they force to do what they think is right , do not be assholes and do the same with art thieves . RESPECT AND THEY STEAL YOUR DECISION respect their decision to kill
Scintillant-H Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016   General Artist

zodiacdream Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Reporting littlepup1233.deviantart…

Event: Stealing and selling adopt batches for a lower price.


The Original work:
1) Original
2) Original

Stolen work:
1) Stolen
2) Stolen
SALT--WATER Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Part one was already deleted perhaps the other Two should follow suit ?……
SteveFoxFan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Reporting nukiucchi-ponylover.deviantart…

Event: stealing one of drawing and without giving credit.


Original work:…

Stolen work: nukiucchi-ponylover.deviantart…

Already told him/her to take down the stolen work but he/she ignored me.:grump: 
nekokawai Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist

EVERYTHING in this person's library.  Each pic will have from pixiv or an actual link to the original pic.  They will edit out the original artist's signature and not give them credit.  The artist who are victims don't know how to complain because they are all japanese.  Also this person had an account that was banned a year or so ago and is doing it again. Not only that but they encourage others to use this art like stock art multiplying the art theft even more!
SkitzoFreshness Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016 Please report this troll account, they're leaving troll and spam comments on several deviations and have reposted one of my drawings (the first one in their gallery)
EmmyWithLove Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist You can google image search his photos and find the real artists, he posted two of my works, naming them "Speed Demon" and then deleted them. But Im sure mine aren't the only ones he's claimed. 
JC-adoptables Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
OwlVirus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't know how to prof this, but just looking at this gallery you can tell that any of these pieces aren't his. Could you please go and check this account.…
Altean-Prince Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
A gallery full of disgusting stuff that shouldn't be on here: vorenpornforplayer.deviantart.…
Roninpizza Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if you guys can do anything about this, but I found by accident this particular group promoting extreme and aggressive prejudiced/racist/bigoted ideas and views - Some Neo-Nazi hate group
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GluePoliceSquad Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Filmographer

This person is notorious in the Total Drama fandom for stealing pictures, and tracing over them. Most of her "art" is sloppy trace overs of screencaps from the series. I had no issues with this user until I found out that she traced over one of my images. Twice, actually. I always put in my descriptions that people must ask for my permission before using my images, and this person obviously didn't. I tried to tell her nicely to take them down, but she flagged my comment. I guess her answer was a no. :/

Not only does this user constantly steal, but she's also quite rude. If anyone accuses her of stealing, she'll become very defensive, and even curse people out. Or she'll simply hide their comments, like she did with mine.



I really hope something can be done about her. I'm going through enough problems. I don't need someone on here stealing my art. 
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