VISIT THE TUMBLR POST HERE to see just how many people are reblogging with similar horror stories. With over 14,000 followers, hopefully soon this post will be widespread - it's already well on its way.
VISIT MY TUMBLR to follow me! I will no longer be uploading art to this site and move exclusively to tumblr, (possibly) FurAffinity, and conceptart.org. I will continue to check my account though for comments, notes, and commissions.
I AM STILL OPEN FOR COMMISSIONS ON THIS SITE so feel free to continue to do so, and check my tumblr to keep up with my most recent work. I will create one huge overall image to portray my up to date work soon, and keep it current in the future.
As if you needed another reason to avoid this site, despite their supposed copyright policy, DeviantArt may not protect your art from copyright infringement.
While most blatant reposts of your work will be taken down without worry, alterations, edits, traces, and references are becoming regarded as acceptable by DA.
I have been hearing an alarming amount of users complain about inconsiderate or lazy admins, as well as reports of infringing work not being properly dealt with. It’s starting to become the norm to see an artist’s work blatantly traced or altered without any consequence to the art thief. Apparently that copyright policy is just for show - and since the TOS says DA can’t be held responsible for damages (IE copyright infringement), you can’t force them legally to uphold their policy, even if you’re a paying customer.
The past year or so I’ve been hearing these stories, I’ve erred on the side of caution, figuring each case must have something irregular in the details. That an art site couldn’t possibly have a nearly airtight policy and not uphold it. And then it happened to me.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE USER RESPONSIBLE FOR TRACING IN THESE IMAGES. If you know who this is, do not flame or send hate; I purposely did not contact her myself because I figured it was DA’s job to do that. She ended up taking it down herself without any word from my end, upon asking if it was alright to trace or make bases from my work (to which I respectfully declined). She was extremely courteous and respected both me and my art when she realized I preferred no tracing of my work.
Link to my artwork |
Link to the infringing work [taken down]
I filed a DMCA takedown request form, as per the policy. Nine times out of ten in my personal experience, asking the artist to take something down myself results in absolutely nothing but rude retorts sent my way; so I went straight to the admins. I was met however, with an extremely unprofessional string of responses - even when I offered an image like the one directly above to show this wasn’t just referenced or a source of inspiration, it was line-for-line tracing.
If you want to see the copyright policy for yourself, you can find it here.
The key point here being that regardless of tracing, the characters depicted were not “the same”. That’s right kids, if someone traces your work or even alters existing work slightly to represent a “different” character, this is apparently acceptable at DA.
I’m posting this to warn other artists about this site. Yes, art thieves can yank any art piece they want to rip off just about anywhere on the ‘net - that’s a give-in, and not using DA won’t keep that from happening. But I urge artists who value their rights to reconsider giving this website any money or traffic. I personally will no longer post my art here, and may even delete all my work save for a few pieces I will use for commissions.
Regardless of what truly happened with my case, whether or not their copyright policy was truly broken (I have yet to find anything in the policy that states what has transpired should be condoned) I know for a fact that no artist will want this to happen to them.
What DeviantArt proved with this treatment is that it has next to no regard for their users, as artists or as customers. I will only be sparsely using this site to uphold a few current client lists for a while, but hopefully in the near future I will no longer be here. If anyone currently has an account here, I urge you to consider what has happened to me, and ask yourself if (A) you want to support a site that has such blatant disregard for artists and their work, and (B) you want this or something similar to happen to you.
UPDATE: I have decided to continue uploading art very sparsely, but only some select pieces; I plan on being predominately on tumblr, and possibly FurAffinity. While I do not condone how this site is run, I enjoy the community far too much to deprive myself of it because a handful of individuals running the site are unprofessional and/or unacceptably rude. I won't however pretend like this incident never happened, and I will continue to do all I can to be proactive in discussing the numerous problematic issues with this site, educate those interested, and try to change it for the better in any way I find possible (which may end up being very little to nothing, but nonetheless I will put forth the effort).
Current Age: 23
Current Residence: St. Louis, Missouri,
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Favourite style of art: Anime/Manga, Fantasy, Sci-Fi,
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