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Art Thieves & What To Do About Them

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 28, 2014, 7:51 PM
Hey, guys, AikouDesu here. To my surprise, we've had an increase of art thieves lately-- something that unfortunately cannot be prevented nor foreseen. It will become more frequent the bigger ALL-ART-4-EVER gets, so I wanted to post some tips and info about how to deal with art thieves.

:bulletred: What you can and should/shouldn't do about them :bulletred:

:bulletred:1. Do not talk to them.

Art thieves are essentially just your run-of-the-mill internet trolls, and thus they feed on the negative feedback they get from doing this. Sometimes they just want the attention, other times they just want to deliberately upset others for the fun of it. Commenting on their profile or stolen artwork will just add fuel to the fire.
Sometimes art thieves try their hardest to seem like the original artist with the intention of selling the art.

:bulletred:2. DeviantART ignores third-party reports.

In order for DeviantART to do anything about an art thief, they must receive a report from the original artist along with proof that the art that has been stolen is actually their own. Unfortunately, even then dA sometimes takes a while to act on it. Therefore, please notify the original artist so they can make a report themselves.

:bulletred:3. Please notify us via note or comment.

If you can, please provide proof with your notification. As soon as we are sure that the person is an art thief, we will ban them from AA4E.

And, please, if you see that someone else has already let us know about them, try to refrain from posting your own comment or note unless you have more information. We already get a lot of comments, so it would be a big help ^^ ((And don't get us wrong; we absolutely love getting comments from you guys! It's just annoying to get duplicates =P))

:bulletred: Ways you can tell for sure that the person in question is a troll :bulletred:

:bulletred: 1. The account is less than 2 weeks old
:bulletred: 2. They have no profile picture/avatar/icon
:bulletred: 3. They have no information on their page (such as a DeviantID, name, and location)
:bulletred: 4. They have a lot of art in their gallery with vastly different art styles and skill levels

Of course, none of these are 100% surefire ways to tell that a user is a troll and/or art thief; they are just contributing factors. Some people genuinely don't fill out the information on their profiles or take a while to post art; some never do for one reason or another. Some may be moved accounts, as well.

:bulletred: How to prevent your art from being stolen :bulletred:

:bulletred: 1. ADD WATERMARKS!!
Suggested by Panda2899

Whether it's just your signature or an actual watermark, it is vital that you leave your imprint on a piece of art, not only to deter art thieves, but to also prove later on that the art is yours.

Make sure your signature is overlapping a part of the picture that cannot be cropped out or erased easily.

**If you use Paint Tool SAI, I recommend this tutorial for making watermarks: karijn-s-basement.deviantart.c…

**If you use GIMP:…

:bulletred: 2. Disable the share buttons when submitting a deviation.
:bulletred: 3. Don't upload the original size.
:bulletred: 4. Don't enable downloading the image in full size.
:bulletred: 5. Put a copyright warning in the description.
Suggested by Harphmony

:bulletred: 6. Look at the date the piece of art was posted.

Make sure that the person in question is actually the art thief and not the other way around! Compare the dates of the two pieces of art and whichever came out later is most likely the stolen one.

:bulletred: 7. Reverse Google Image Search.
Suggested by IdunaHaya-Stock

Click on the camera icon beside the search and paste the url of the picture into the box. The image url is different than the page url-- To get the image url, right-click on the picture in question and select 'Copy image url'. The process should be similar for other browsers.

I hope you all find this helpful, and if you have any more information I could add to this journal, please let me know and I will add it!

Thanks for reading!! :heart:

--Julia, Head Co-Foundress and current person in charge in Sage's absence/hiatus

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MisteryKeylockes Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually make signatures in places where it would look akward for them to crop it out or whatever^owo^.
AikouDesu Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me, too ^^ It makes them much less likely to attempt theft, IMO.
MisteryKeylockes Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's that on the left ear?!
a signature^ewe^
AikouDesu Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MisteryKeylockes Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, and about the share button thing. Usually when sharing, there will be a link back to the original page ^owo^.
Ammedeus Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a question.  I read your information on art thieves and I as wondering, when you upload something, the date and time of the upload is automatically recorded.  So would that be legally biding as far as copyright laws are considered?
AikouDesu Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I believe so.... Though fortunately I've never had to deal with my art being stolen, so I can't say for sure, but I'm almost positive.
veyori Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Watermark pictures? Hell no! Disable downloading, disable sharing? C'mon, sharing is caring.
Art is made for people to enjoy after all.
AikouDesu Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you don't have to do any of these things, they're just there for people who are afraid their art may be stolen. ^^;
ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Julia, I just skimmed through some of this journal and I must say, you composed this quite professionally. I'm proud of you sis.
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