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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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:iconfawxdacreator:
FAWXdaCREATOR Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful! Thank you!
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:iconlil-tanukii:
lil-tanukii Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
for some reason when I tried reporting the submit button was grey and I couldn't click it 
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:iconalbedo062:
Albedo062 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone stole art, then took it down and blocked me. it wasn't my art but I have a feeling they will try and take my art sooner or later so what should I do?
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:iconmarysue1964:
MarySue1964 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
It would be nice if the Report Deviation button actually worked.
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:iconkillb94:
killb94 Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Student Filmographer
Great, I just wanted to report how this bitch stole the drawing of my friend in her gallery >> [link] But now it's not like this anymore, apparently only the owner of the drawing can report it. -_-* goddamnit, do your job and take that bullshit down.
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:iconfayt7:
FAyt7 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017
Notice that too. Seems DA is doing everything they can't to make reporting stolen artwork impossible.
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:iconbotsii:
Botsii Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do I do if I find an art thief, but I don't own the art? It says I can't report them.
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:iconsomenewguy1:
somenewguy1 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Man, why can't it be like this anymore?

"You're third party, therefore you can't report it!"

BULL!
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:icongina4573:
gina4573 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Student Artist
omg ikr!
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:iconnovonova:
NovoNova Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
"Let's remove art reporting, because God forbid you want to make find art thieves easy"

Look at this shiit

www.pixiv.net/member_illust.ph…

zzmurderawzz.deviantart.com/ar…

The dude just friggin put their crap tier watermark over the art (and did a shit job of erasing hair), and since I can't speak moonrunes I can't even tell the artist on pixiv that someone's stealing their art
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:iconmarshmallowxswirl:
MarshmallowXSwirl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Filmographer
User by the name rksaftsdplz has stolen various artworks.
Unfortunatley, the system has changed, and I can't manage to report the bastard.
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:icontheblackcatmasque:
TheBlackCatMasque Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone needs to make note this report tutorial is from 2011 and the system has changed since then

3rd party DMCA reports are not allowed (I think this was done to prevent bogus reports and misunderstandings?)

The best way to deal with a thief is put it out there that user is one with proof (links to original images), make journals (do not go to the forums as call out threads are not allowed). Do not threaten people and spamming is not always helpful, warning others such as someone looking to commission a thief, however is a good idea.

In order to actually take care of a thief you're going to need to find the original artist and direct them to the stolen work, DAs policy information to the DMCA request. A person does not need a DA account to file a DMCA. 

Sometimes though, once a thief learns the jig is up (the artist was or will be contacted and/or pretty much everyone knows) they have a tendency to take the work down and deactivate (at least for a while).
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:iconaya-i:
Aya-I Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for writing!
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:iconemilyao:
emilyao Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student General Artist
azami-senpai.deviantart.com/
is taking art from all over, adding filters to some, etc.
I can't report them because the "Submit report" button is greyed out and won't function.
If someone looks at there page and can find some of the original artists, that would be very helpful.
I plan to migrate from dA at this point, because this is just ridiculous.
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:iconarrosense:
arrosense Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student General Artist
it's disgusting that they don't allow reporting. instead, just "peacefully talk about it!!!1"
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:iconvanderlinde-22:
VanDerLinde-22 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Went from hardly doing their job to not doing it at all. :lmao: Hard to reach peaceful resolution when most of the art thieves on here are 12 year olds who hide comments from everyone who points out said thievery.
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:icontoxichoundart:
ToxicHoundArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017   Digital Artist
^^^^This.

Seriously though, the whole idea of reporting is to alert admins where to do their job, since they have the power to resolve issues then and there. Instead this seems like they're saying "well you guys can just solve your problems on your own lol."
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:iconvanderlinde-22:
VanDerLinde-22 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
I reported some recolors and it took two months to receive a note from staff saying they've been deleted. I couldn't help but chuckle at "0 tickets resolved today" when looking through the FAQ.
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:icontoxichoundart:
ToxicHoundArt Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   Digital Artist
Ridiculous. Yet there's enough time to send me notifications to greet new people and visit Project Comment to make comments. Which in general I wouldn't mind, but at least get art thieves out of the site. I don't know what they technicalities are, but I think they could set up a team of investigators or something to help with it. Especially if they aren't getting anything done at the moment.
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:iconskeietontrash:
skeIetontrash Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
A user by the name of SHADIKAL15 has been stealing Undertale art from amazing Tumblr artists, but is /not/ crediting them at all.

They recolor these pieces of beautiful artwork in a way to correspond to their AU "Underhell" and "Underhell Sans". It's ironic because they full well know recoloring is terrible but thinks it's okay because "everyone"' does it.

It's absolutely horrible, art thieves are the lowest of the low.
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:iconikitsune404:
iKitsune404 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully this works, when I sent a trouble ticket/help ticket, they did nothing for a month and then sent me a link to the DMCA form, but I'm not filling out PRIVATE and personal info just so I won't be stolen from.
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:iconkitsuine:
kitsuine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist
this guy is offering point commissions for digitally traced art >> gensokyo-man.deviantart.com/
which he put 'well, i not give credit at nobody for that...'

Like normally I wouldn't post, but it annoys me when people earn money from other people's art/by tracing
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:iconmatthewyoung123:
Matthewyoung123 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
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:iconirismidc:
IrismiDC Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much T^T
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:icon1crystalwolfie:
1CrystalWolfie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
we need a new tutorial on reporting art thieves because of how DA reports things now. it's impossible for me now.
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:iconorisodehime:
OriSODEhime Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016   Digital Artist
cosplayclass.deviantart.com/
This "user" has stolen art from countless artists without so much as crediting any of them, and all to promote their own business which is kind of sickening. If someone could help me take them down I'd be very appreciative.
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:iconobserver0132:
Observer0132 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
I ain't no snitch. 😂
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:iconshanteidraws:
ShanteiDraws Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
hybrior.deviantart.com someone hacked into their account and now are being exreamly mean to people, please do help to report them
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:iconghostqueen1312:
GhostQueen1312 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been trying to report a mass art thief, but apparently DA no longer allows people to properly report someone. 
This is ridiculous!
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:iconuranux:
uranux Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
yeah same here.
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:iconghostqueen1312:
GhostQueen1312 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently they're protecting creativity because theft is no longer wrong?
What?
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:iconuranux:
uranux Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
This is ridiculous, Theft is still wrong because that's someone's artwork.
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:icon1crystalwolfie:
1CrystalWolfie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
(comment stalker huehue)

i tried to contact the staff but it's not like it used to be back a few years ago. DA is now a piece of shit because of this crap.
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:iconuranux:
uranux Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Exactly. They're just letting it happen.
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:icon1crystalwolfie:
1CrystalWolfie Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish i had bookmarked a support ticket being made part so that i could continue reporting art theft. :<
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:iconsashima:
sashima Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
thanks for the image, though I have the problem of seeing an artist who's stealing many different artists, some of which I either can't find or don't know, but I doubt the art belongs to the deviant in question. Is there any way to in general report a deviant in general?
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:iconredsesameseeds4:
redsesameseeds4 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will this work if the person stole art from another site?
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:iconskeietontrash:
skeIetontrash Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
I believe so. I haven't tried it for myself, but I don't see why it wouldn't.
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:iconm-a-r-u-u:
m-a-r-u-u Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Sᴏᴍᴇᴏɴᴇ ﹙ʜᴛᴛᴘ﹕//sᴀsʜɪᴍɪϙᴜᴇᴇɴ.ᴅᴇᴠɪᴀɴᴛᴀʀᴛ.ᴄᴏᴍ/﹚ ʜᴀs sᴛᴏʟᴇɴ ᴀʀᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴛᴛᴘ﹕//sᴀᴠᴅʀᴀᴡs.ᴅᴇᴠɪᴀɴᴛᴀʀᴛ.ᴄᴏᴍ/. Iᴛ ᴡᴏɴᴛ ʟᴇᴛ ᴍᴇ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ I·ᴍ ᴀ ᴛʜɪʀᴅ ᴘᴀʀᴛʏ. Wʜᴀᴛ ᴅᴏ I ᴅᴏ﹖
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:iconsonatine-artsu:
sonatine-artsu Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
I tried to report someone who keeps rendering artworks without permission and not crediting them properly (they just state "credit to the artist" wtf). And apparently if you are a third party and not the original art owner you cannot file a report???
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:iconskeietontrash:
skeIetontrash Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
God, that annoys me to no end. "Credit to artist" isn't giving credit to the artist.

I've called people out on that, people that repost art on Instagram but just say "Credit to artist". Two of them blocked me, which was pretty funny ~ further proving my point that they know it's not their art.

Or they say "I did credit the artist" or "Credit is in the picture". No, that is NOT giving credit. Hell, people have even said "Reposting art is not stealing". It is if you're not giving credit properly.
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:iconprominis:
Prominis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
What do we do if the 'Submit Report' button is greyed out?

Specifically, I was trying to report this image zexionnightray.deviantart.com/… for ripping www.pixiv.net/whitecube/user/1… off, only to find that the lovely report button doesn't work.
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:iconhummakavuula:
Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016   Digital Artist
Payposter.com has a huge assortment of art lifted from DA.
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:icondrkrizalid:
DrKrizalid Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2016  Student Artist
This person gaomonxx.deviantart.com/ Has a art steal blog name willberriosthegodmod.deviantar… and claiming he own it all. He got mad over a silly Roleplay on Tumblr and decided to steal art on DeviantART 
He's stealing the original artist will6790.deviantart.com/
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:iconneoks69:
Neoks69 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
This woman stellacarr2013.deviantart.com/ had been stealing the art concept and even the draws (just editing the colors) from this girl andrea17glowin.deviantart.com/


Like this (original) andrea17glowin.deviantart.com/… (plagarism) stellacarr2013.deviantart.com/…
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:iconawsomeisred:
AwsomeIsRed Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
ribjo08amsp.deviantart.com/

This guy has been stealing people's art, and claiming them as his own. He even places in water marks on some of them, even though the real artists name/website is on the drawing/picture.  
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:iconaarovan:
Aarovan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
missrexcool.deviantart.com/
This person steals all of her art and claims it as her own.
Then gets pissy and blocks you when you call her out.  XD
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:iconsquirrelshine:
Squirrelshine Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
conversationended.deviantart.com is stealing from multiple artists including PureSpiritFlower and dybe.
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:iconbertustnapel:
bertustnapel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
This person has stolen art from much people
armagegeonix.deviantart.com/ga…

including skyline19
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:iconazaikisan:
AzaikiSan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
giorgioarmi.deviantart.com/
 please Report him. He stole art from Pixiv.

This is the real artist
www.pixiv.net/member_illust.ph…
www.pixiv.net/member_illust.ph…
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