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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
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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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:iconpika-jeyy056:
Pika-jeyy056 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Report :icon23QuestkonMark: for stealing my icon 
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:iconnoodlenose:
noodlenose Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  New member Professional General Artist
IM LAUGHIGN
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:iconget2dachoppa:
Get2daChoppa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredibly useful, as :iconnoodlenose: has been stealing several deviant's work. Now I know how to report that thief thanks to this handy guide! Thank you!

Also, has any of the thieves mentioned in the comments actually been banned or given any punishment? I really want to know if the DA staff have done anything...
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:iconkageitachi:
kageitachi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sadly third party reports don't do much. but DMCA notices filed by the original artist tend to get things done.
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:iconderpkittiesfr0mspace:
DerpKittiesFr0mSpace Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
star764 is an art thief. 
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:iconlite-house:
Lite-House Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this DOUCHE is stealing naruto fanart off of tumblr
report his filthy ass alcidessenju99.deviantart.com/
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:iconreincarnatedmelody:
ReincarnatedMelody Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll help
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:icontytothegreat:
TytoTheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an art thief! Help us take her down. rainbowdashloyalty11.deviantar…
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:iconreincarnatedmelody:
ReincarnatedMelody Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoops never mind their account is deactivated
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:iconreincarnatedmelody:
ReincarnatedMelody Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll gladly help
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:icondusk1234:
dusk1234 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for posting this! I get infuriated when I find obviously edited work. I mean I just stumbled upon someone blurring/painting over pictures and paintings and then placing their signature on them. Even their traditional art looked traced! She puts in the description that they're fan art, when they look almost exactly like the pic they're copied from. D=
schec.deviantart.com/gallery/
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:iconcraftymaelyss:
CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for showing us this :)
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:iconvanitasthe2nd:
VanitasThe2nd Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Search for "thecrowishere", this person has been copying other people's stuff n' renames them and takes credit for the originals, plus he's been accusing the original people who did the work he copied "art thieves" saying they're copying him.
Also the people who know what he's doing who've confronted him have been called haters by him and also gives them false numbers for a secretary that he made up.
Before anyone asks; I have no idea... -_-;
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:iconvanitasthe2nd:
VanitasThe2nd Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Also I think he's doing more accounts doing the same thing too..
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:iconmanganime01:
manganime01 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:icondabzen:
DabZen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you know if it is possible to report something like this? 
Redraw
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:iconlavimay:
LaviMay Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Please report (as many as you can) this thief fantomavirtuala.deviantart.com…. All "his" gallery is stolen from talented artists.
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:iconthebrokenknight:
TheBrokenKnight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Is this guys stuff considered theft? -----> bromanfourman.deviantart.com/
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:iconunit645:
Unit645 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
jjjustinjj.deviantart.com/

Not sure if any of this stuff is his. I only recognize a few images that I know for a fact aren't his. 
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:icondemonbelldandy:
demonBelldandy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Out of curiosity do you know how to report a person who has stolen art from deviantart, but is posting the stolen works on twitter?
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:iconfreakerybattery4:
Freakerybattery4 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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:iconnebulilac:
nebulilac Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if someone stole ALL your artwork?
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:iconibinx:
Ibinx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They can view copyright dates. Deviantart auto copyrights anything you post with a date. They can also see original save date if they look at the base image properties. Simply reporting it as 'My intellectual property' will work.
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:icondabzen:
DabZen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Then, that is a big problem.
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:iconhoneypie44:
HoneyPie44 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you SO SO MUCH! this person hacked into my files on my desktop.
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:icontakatake:
Takatake Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Isnt this dude just stealing art? ------> ahmedmofree1996.deviantart.com…

Its very hard to prove it since I cannot find original pieces, but i think his style in gallery is too inconsistent, and he has been here only for 4 weeks..? Plus he's got not comments on deviations whatsoever.
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:iconreincarnatedmelody:
ReincarnatedMelody Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then its most likely stolen
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:iconmushygore:
MushyGore Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Digital Artist
I was just about to bring up this guy myself. I've done reverse image searches but as you said it's difficult to find the originals but the pieces in question are all over other websites from months/years ago. I've tried reporting one of his latest pieces but I don't know what will come of it since I don't have concrete proof.. =/
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:icontakatake:
Takatake Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
At the same time I dont understand why they do it...=___= I dont want my art to be stolen thou...
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:iconmushygore:
MushyGore Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Neither do I!
At first I just thought they were using DA as a place to post art they like (without giving credit, nice one!) because they actually admit on the profile that none of the art posted is theirs but then at the same time accept every comment and bit of praise as if they were the original artist.
It's just baffling, especially when it's so obvious ;_;

Definitely not cool posting an artist's work without credit or permission no matter how big or small they are!
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:iconhotarured:
HotaruRed Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
what if they have stolen art by using it for their icon?
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:iconhouseoffrancis:
HouseOfFrancis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
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:iconcattailarts:
Cattailarts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!! Thanks~~ :heart: :+fav:
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:iconshardmetalsonic:
Shardmetalsonic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Artist
Great for deviants first time reporting art thefts but it's sad that people steals art without permission and claimed it as theirs
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:iconkimba-417:
Kimba-417 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
lionkingscar.deviantart.com/?o…
Whole gallery is either stolen or unaccredited
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:iconvostoklucini:
VostokLucini Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of these bases have been stolen in this gallery...

abigailgoodwin.deviantart.com/…
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:iconnerdycutie:
NerdyCutie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
This whole gallery is stolen from danbooru.donmai.us/posts?page=…

Art thief - marazh2104lovetu.deviantart.co…
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:iconllikeoavsine:
LlikeOaVsinE Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for your help
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:iconmacnroo:
MacNroo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It saddens me to see so much theft... It's the main reason why I watermark a lot of my art now x.x

searchman1.deviantart.com/?off… This guy has been watching people and then threatening to unwatch/ steal their art if they don't give him points. What makes it worse is that he mocks the original artist in the description of the stolen art work...

stolen: searchman1.deviantart.com/art/…
Original: ick25.deviantart.com/art/Just-…
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:iconpugilism:
Pugilism Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Update!
laqb.deviantart.com/gallery/44…
A whole gallery containing stolen artwork that they, 'found' on the internet. Please help me deal with this.
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:iconpugilism:
Pugilism Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I report a whole gallery?
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:iconxlady-of-the-shadowx:
XLady-of-the-ShadowX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think you could make a tutorial about reporting a persons account? :3 thanks for makong this ^^
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:iconlovechocolate33:
LoveChocolate33 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks
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:iconmssilvs:
Mssilvs Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
What about people who's entire gallery is of other's art? :/
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:iconclockwisecat:
Clockwisecat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i need help cause they keep using a deviant that i watches art and say its theirs! flrestar.deviantart.com/art/Eg…   
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:icondarklink721:
DarkLink721 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Scout25 is also an art thief. He uses bases for his (shitty) mlp art and doesn't credit the original maker. He even claimed to be hacked to try and atone for the dact that he's an art stealing bitch
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:iconshadowgirl7:
ShadowGirl7 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmomo-candy: is an art thief. She's been reposting stuff from pixiv and claiming its her own. She's even denying and pretending she didn't steal it.
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:iconfishmish:
FishMish Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
theamazingspider-bat.deviantar…

Need help reporting this ignorant b word 
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:iconpj1214:
pj1214 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, this helped me report Hottie100 for stealing Loga90's artwork.
In fact, 1 of my favorite artists got her art traced recently.
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OnLinedPaper Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A journal led me to an interesting site... it's a porn site, but for some reason, it's seems to be stealing art from... everyone. Put your username into the URL at the bottom and check; do NOT scroll past the first 4 rows of pictures because that's when it gets weird. I'm not really sure how to report an external site, but it needs to be taken care of - love it if someone would be nice enough to tell me how external site reporting goes down.

Seriously, if you click the link, please be warned - not for kids.

www.nurseps.com/<your-dA-us…
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