Hello, everyone, lifeofthe6
Last time I gave a little reminder on what can be submitted to this club, but what is just as important as what art comes into the club is who
I recently reported a user who was submitting stolen works as their own to this club (something they had been doing with multiple accounts for years, apparently) and their account was deactivated.
It made me think about how big this club is and how many art thieves may go unnoticed due to our numbers and the sheer volume of submissions. Just as I cannot scour every piece for "moe" quality, I cannot check the legitimacy of every submission, so I ask for your help.
If you ever see any artwork that you suspect of being stolen or otherwise in violation of copyright or ownership, please report it to deviantART staff after you make sure or have reason enough to believe the artwork does not belong to the submitter and/or they do not have permission to upload it. In addition, you can tell me about it via a group note and I'll check and report as well if necessary. The more people reporting, the better.
Tips on how to root out an art thief:
If you have Google Chrome, right click the suspected image and select "Search Google for this image." If deviantART links come up with the image linking to multiple accounts, one of them may be a thief. Ensure you are reporting the correct one.
Additionally, many artists have their work on other sites where artists often upload work like Tumblr or Pixiv. If links with the image go to pages on these or other sites, ensure that it is the same person on deviantART. Be warned, though, not everyone on these other sites have the intention of claiming a work as their own. Some just want to share something cool they found. Don't call out every copy you see.
If you find two accounts with the same image, ask both users if the art is theirs and let them know another user has uploaded it and is claiming it as their own. The original artist will likely have proof that they are the true creator. Note that some artists do use legitimate alternate accounts where they may upload a piece twice.
Lots of art thieves steal from multiple people. If you find someone you suspect is stealing art, take a look at their gallery. Look for inconsistencies in style and quality between deviations.
Look at the descriptions of suspected stolen artwork. Not every artist will have a lot (or anything) to say about their art, but thieves often provide incorrect or irrelevant information about the piece they uploaded or no information at all.
Don't bully a suspected thief, but if you want to find out if they are the true artist of a work, ask them simple questions about the art, especially ones you already know the answer to.
How long did it take? What tools did you use? What was the inspiration for it?
Anything that can make them slip up about not being the real artist.
Not every "art thief" is aware that they are stealing. Some may legitimately not know the rules of deviantART. If you suspect that a user is simply unaware that they are breaking the rules, just let them know and link them to the copyright policy and useful FAQs.
Feel free to share other ideas on how to find and report art thieves.
Thank you for reading!lifeofthe6