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How to report art theft on dA by Stock-By-Crystal How to report art theft on dA by Stock-By-Crystal
EDIT:
PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS AS WELL!!! There are a lot of good suggestions from other crusaders on how to crush the bug we call art thieves.

I was recently asked by a new member of #Doombringers how to report images.

Instead of going into the details, I thought I would make a tutorial on how to do it for people new to deviantART who are looking to make it a better place for everyone else.

This tutorial goes over just how to report for theft, but as you can see, there are many different things on deviantART that need reporting.

If you need any help with other categories to report, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you also need to find a link to another place a deviation is posted, use TinEye to find other places that it could be posted, that way deviantART will delete the offending images.
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:iconk9thekitsune:
K9theKitsune Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Um, I tried to click on "permission issues" to report multiple plagiarized artwork by RWBYpurplecat13 (she stole from other artists), but it just shows some description with some links to journals describing stolen artwork, and they don't let me file a report... Is there something that I have to do?
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:icongreen-wonton:
Green-Wonton Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'd like to start off by saying thank you for posting this.
However, I found an artist who stole someone else's work, would I still be able to report it in a DMCA and not get into any kind of trouble?
Please let me know as soon as you can.
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:iconroni190:
roni190 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
luna-serphine.deviantart.com/ She is not only posting others work but is attempting to sell it through DA.
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:icon1996billiejean:
1996BillieJean Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
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:iconbombiing:
bombiing Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
serious question, hope i get an answer soon:

i did fanart, and somebody took it and traced over it and claimed it as theirs, even though it is VERY clearly mine. would i get in trouble for filling a dmca against them for it, since it's fanart? or does that just not intermingle in the whole mess, and since they traced it very obviously, they'll get in trouble for it?
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:iconaquariumaesthetic:
aquariumaesthetic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not a representative, but I can tell you that as long you drew it and it's your work, you can report them. 
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:iconbombiing:
bombiing Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! and i did just that. they had traced over my work which was originally just a sketchy doodle and also got rid of my signature too. by and by, it's taken care of for good. 
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:icontakobellluka:
TakoBellLuka Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Yay! Now I can report TheDogBarks for bullying/art theft! Thx [Undertale] Flowey Emoticon 24 
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:iconnewlowbro:
NewLowBro Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  New Deviant Student General Artist
For some reason I can't submit the report, so I'll just link the thief: zanezebra.deviantart.com
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:iconvictorysmaster:
Victorysmaster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
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:iconawesomesauceomness:
Awesomesauceomness Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
tdlover2000.deviantart.com/art…
This is full of stolen original characters.
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:iconguardianbunny:
GuardianBunny Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I had been on the random browse when this new user sljix.deviantart.com/ was discovered with many pictures uploaded that cannot be their own (too many differences for one) though I did discover I could not submit a report to inform anyone, and original owners are hard to find. If something could be done, that would be wonderful .. it's sad to see people stolen from.
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:iconcriims:
criims Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2016  New Deviant
fvckfdaname.deviantart.com/
Please report her. She steals Naruto pictures from Japanese artist at Twitter. And if you want proof here it is, it's from the real one.
twitter.com/ah0029
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:iconquetzal-zodiac:
Quetzal-Zodiac Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconsuppupstudio1:
SupPupStudio1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesomeartist4life.deviantart.…

she keeps on stealing other artists art and saying she doesn't steal
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:iconoshawottarts:
OshawottArts Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was gonna report her owo thanks tho c:
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:iconsuppupstudio1:
SupPupStudio1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(:
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:iconvictorysmaster:
Victorysmaster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Taken down :D
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:iconlucasnava:
lucasnava Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconspiritray76:
SPIRITRAY76 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Hey I got a question if you're posting stuff from another site do you get banned or reported for this? Example posting stuff from another site like niconico to here.
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:iconcevelr:
Cevelr Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you have permission from the original owner [and have some kind of proof], you shouldn't be reported/banned.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, dA doesn't allow just any deviant to report for art theft any more. ;c
Only the original owner can take stolen art down. They have to fill out the DMCA form people can even choose to sue. 
Here's a link if you're really interested.
about.deviantart.com/policy/co…

Unless you mean that the content was yours to begin with (eg. thats your niconico acct and youre moving it to your dA acct), that's totally fine.
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:icongirmonster:
GirMonster Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A whole entire oc has been stolen and was made into an entire account :iconmellecrittenden: And is going on as if they hadn't and has openly refused to take the account down on comments made on the page. What's worse is this user has removed all art but has not removed their account. The oc was stolen from this user :iconstarimo: 
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:iconblackstarofstarclan:
Blackstarofstarclan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 smilkthecashcow.deviantart.com…

help! this dude did this I don't even know what to say....... do you have any suggestions? 
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:iconbengalheart:
Bengalheart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Hey I know this is a bit old, But if you report it down in the below corner and file a DMCA thing, They can take it down if you show proof of your artwork and etc.
Also did you give them permission?
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:iconblackstarofstarclan:
Blackstarofstarclan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no I didn't give them permission. 
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:iconbengalheart:
Bengalheart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah, Okay well go ahead and report them as that isn't okay even if they "Altered" it.
May I see what you drew so I can compare it?
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:iconblackstarofstarclan:
Blackstarofstarclan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blackstarofstarclan.deviantart…
this is the original 
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:iconbengalheart:
Bengalheart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah yeah, You totally have all reason to report it to the dA admin's.
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:iconblackstarofstarclan:
Blackstarofstarclan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And what's weird about this person is that that image was the only one they disfigured. and there are only 2 pictures in their gallery  
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:iconbengalheart:
Bengalheart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah, Yeah. Even if they said it's a joke, It's not to be taken lightly for sure.
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:iconyoutubeisawesome:
YoutubeIsAwesome Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't report it ;-; 
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:icontwistedfocusphoto:
TwistedFocusPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional Photographer
This is now out of date. It will no longer let you report the art if the art isn't yours. It just advises you to politely request they take it down.
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:iconmusickid56:
Musickid56 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
How do you report a deviant user?
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:iconkittenlaurel:
kittenlaurel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Student General Artist
mrnefarious666.deviantart.com/ This guy is a thief. Look in the comments of his art.
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:iconemmywithlove:
EmmyWithLove Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
shimhaq98.deviantart.com/ is a noted thief. You can back search a lot of his stuff, including one of my drawings he has already deleted. 
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:iconayjaygamer:
AyJayGamer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BluewheelTFM is stealing art as well. Please report them if you can.
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:iconkurogetsu35:
kurogetsu35 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I beleive i've found a case of Art theft from this user: antipatika-haxor.deviantart.co…

The art in their gallery is inconsistent in skill and styles. Even though it's possible for improvement, let me prove why i believe this is art theft:

Going through their gallery, i've noticed this artist is very clever in how they word statements, never actually claiming to have drawn the art, but neither providing a disclaimer. And is also avoiding to answer questions where they are asked for materials of what was used to make their art. Sure, some people like to keep that to themselves, but i don't think this is a coincidence. 
Someone else has caught them in one of the pictures in their gallery. 
Here, This piece: antipatika-haxor.deviantart.co…
If you look, user raelym has commented using another link to reference the art's origin which is this link: seiga.nicovideo.jp/seiga/im317…

I also found that they've posted their name in many pictures i don't believe they drew or have permission to use. 
Here: 
antipatika-haxor.deviantart.co…
antipatika-haxor.deviantart.co…
antipatika-haxor.deviantart.co…  (I think this one's very obvious)
antipatika-haxor.deviantart.co…

I could go on giving more examples, but please, report this person, i can't since 3rd parties can no longer report this. 
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:iconbluegirl546:
bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
semmetjuh.deviantart.com/

Almost all of this artist's gallery is stolen art. He takes screenshots of anime, traces it, and then publishes it on DeviantArt. I tried talking to him about several pieces, but he just keeps insisting that he only uses a 'reference photo' so it's not plagiarism. I've gone to an art school for 3 years now, I would be expelled if I turned in something like that. Anime IS a drawing, but he insists that what he does is not stealing. He blocked my comments and DeviantArt has ignored my reports. I need someone that will listen.
Here are just some of pieces he has stolen.

His work..
semmetjuh.deviantart.com/art/A…

The original..
cdn4.dualshockers.com/wp-conte…

His work...
semmetjuh.deviantart.com/art/K…

The original...
em.wattpad.com/b28b1c6dba7051e…

Like I said, basically his entire gallery is like this and he is getting away with it. This is so unfair to the original artists, please help!
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:iconlk3deviantart:
LK3Deviantart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student General Artist
this-tj-is-false.deviantart.co… This person stole the reference sheet of one of my OCs. PLEASE HELP.
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:iconrateddx:
RatedDX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
:iconthetoast51: Need help getting rid if this trash, posting extremely offensive material, stole a drawing from one of my friends and using it to mock her.
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:iconlucasnava:
lucasnava Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconazaiki-san:
Azaiki-San Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ellixsir.deviantart.com/ This guy stole all art from Pixiv. Please report him.
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:iconsilvri:
Silvri Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student General Artist
this girl stole my art to use as her icon lol
luckykitten123.deviantart.com/
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:iconrawrsy101:
Rawrsy101 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
spotsfan.deviantart.com/art/fo…

This person has seriously traced someones art! And since with DA's new system for reporting, I can no longer report it as I am considered a third-party since i am not the original artist. I wish I we could do something but stupid DA removed it ;n;
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:iconstuntpony:
Stuntpony Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Yeah, I tried to report something and found out that I can't. Effing Deviantart.
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:iconthatdumbblonde:
ThatDumbBlonde Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
orangemarianahopes.deviantart.…

this is my work. it has been stolen by this user. you can ever look at the dates if you wanted to. I know this is pry a joke but I don't care. here's mine: thatdumbblonde.deviantart.com/…
this person has also stolen artwork too. please help
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:iconsimoncaneplz:
SimonCaneplz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Outdated, as they no longer allow third party reports, causing the original artist to face giving personal infomation on thier DMCA report.
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:iconcinnamon-badass:
Cinnamon-Badass Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
It's stupid now.

I want to be able to help someone.
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:iconthemarkedman:
TheMarkedMan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
ddlcrossbreeze.deviantart.com/ - This person's gallery consists of nothing but artwork from Japanese artist Fumio (aka fumio936, rskqr, etc).  Nsfw content.

Links to Fumio's work

Tumblr: fumio936.tumblr.com/
danbooru.donmai.us/artists/875…
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