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Why you feature stolen work?!?!

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 9:01 AM
Lately there seem to have been a few myths flying around in particular with regards to how we as Community Volunteers, give Daily Deviations. Many people seem to think that we sit at our desks in dark little rooms and let out evil laughter whilst we purposefully feature stolen work. The dark rooms and laughter - well I can't say yes or no on that one! But I can promise you it's not our intent to give exposure to people who have stolen work. I recently featured a piece of work that turned out to be stolen. However I went into extensive conversations with the artist before I featured it, and with added metadata and dates, it's difficult to know where to draw the line. I've given people the benefit of the doubt before - and it's worked out nicely as their work has been legitimate. Below are some comments I have seen being thrown around the past few days - and hopefully an attempt to bust the myth.

"I thought at least that you people would check to make sure the work was theirs before giving it a DD!"
We always run the images we choose through several image checkers. If then, things are thrown up that are suspicious, I often contact the artist to try and figure out the where's and whys. I do this, because sometimes the artist deserves the benefit of the doubt. If they provide me with dates, metadata and more background information, then I like to put my trust in them.

"My faith in deviantART has been DESTROYED."
deviantART is a huge site that does a lot for many people. It's an Art Community, and just like any community, things go wrong and things get stolen. Your faith in this website could not have been very strong if it was destroyed simply by something being featured and later proven to be stolen. The Daily Deviations are not completely what deviantART exists for, so to let something like that effect you so much is incredibly sad.

"I haven't got a DD, yet a stolen picture has..."

If, and it's rare, but IF a piece of work gets featured as a DD and is later proven to be stolen, the admins of the site take it down. I appreciate that sometimes this is a long process, it doesn't always happen instantly a report goes in - these things take time. There has NEVER been a Photography piece of work left up with a Daily Deviation award, if it has been proven to be art theft.  Rest assured, the piece gets taken down. As for the actual comment complaining that a stolen picture gets a DD but the particular commenter doesn't - well that's all dependent on work and so on. You can have faith that a stolen piece of work was not DELIBERATELY featured.

"You shouldn't be a CV anymore you're rubbish."
Imagine taking on a voluntary role, making a minor mistake (especially within your first few weeks as many including me have done) and then a handful of people that you've never even come across in the role before start making noises and calling for you to stop what you're doing because you are rubbish. No matter how thick skinned a person is, it can still hurt. People stating this in conjunction with a stolen DD being featured are unreasonable. They also are very unlikely to know the extent of what the CV does. Many people see my name on the Daily Deviation page and assume that it's all I do whilst sitting on deviantART. We're actually real people for starters, we give a lot of our time to the website and Daily Deviations are often the easier task we do whilst going about volunteer duties.


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camiwolf09 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, Indeed :3
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D indeed ;)
camiwolf09 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this how people respond to little mistakes now?
You just made a mistake! YOU SUCK.
What the hell? Keep going guys, I'll always be on your side.
EVERYONE makes mistakes, and are not perfect.
loreleft27 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
shoot the reason people steal is because art in some cases is worth more than gold..humans save pretty things, they have a need for decorations, or well internet bling.bling, its not just deviant art stuff that gets taken, redbubble, zazzle, fine art america, .... i find i send more dmcas to facebook and google blogger, pininterest,, picasa, photobucket, and flicker than anything.. its also why ive chosen to ruin my works with a nasty watermark, but there is a solution, teach people to create and they wont have a reason to steal, i can thank all of the tutorials and the groups on redbubble that are teaching me and everyone else digital art, if you give a person a piece of art he is happy for one day if you teach them to create then he is happy for a life time, like that old fishing proverb..
kalliat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Ooppppssss sorry mum I have a new role model ovo someone like you is just s andkdjenjdkdndndjdj you're fair and honest and kind and cool and yeppp golly I must sound weird but it's true
Iluvcatstotehsky Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... the first time I even heard of stolen art was when I saw an image on CS saying that someone on dA kept stealing art... but I didn't know the world was so NASTY in stealing!
BTW: Guys chill! Nobody's perfect or flawless! Nobody on dA is some sort of god! C-H-I-L-L!!
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
EggRin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
its not a myth these are the words from the people who have been hiding under deviantart city for years!
JamesMaslowRules Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Southrobin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
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