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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.
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Remember:
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.
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If you have any questions or want help, send the group a note! (Or an admin!)

Group Info

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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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.
Everybody welcome the new founder TouchMyLexicon66

I've become rather busy lately and can't take care of this group like I once did.
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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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:icontouchmylexicon66:
TouchMyLexicon66 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
doesn't credit any games she uses
anime71.deviantart.com/
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:iconjohnlee98:
JohnLee98 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
Hey, we've got a art thief in our midst and her name is :iconsofia23:. Someone report her!
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:iconalaska-hetalia:
Alaska-Hetalia Featured By Owner 2 days ago
musicartpokemonponys.deviantar… Death threats and underage.
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:iconbananabu:
BananaBu Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
prospectmaster.deviantart.com/
Robs deviants and steals art
i got robbed
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:icontouchmylexicon66:
TouchMyLexicon66 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
you mean he stole your points?
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BananaBu Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
yep
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:iconluigi9001:
luigi9001 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Artist
blood-asp0123.deviantart.com/a…
Its in the comments please help.
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ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
recolored works from Google images
starlight-z.deviantart.com
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