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WHO WE ARE:

We are the legion of doom:

1)We CRUSH art theft!

2)We support artists who's art has been stolen.

3)We fight for artist rights!

4)We help YOU defeat art theft.

5)We show off various cases of art theft and write stories of its resolution.

6)Educate DA world about art thievery


If your work has been stolen by someone on DA:
click the "report violation" button, beneath the stolen artwork. Deviantart admins will take care of it.

If your work has been stolen externally from DA, contact us via a note and seek advice.

If you're an original artist and your work has been taken, and you wish to share your story with others, send us a note!
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FAQ:

How to search if your work has been stolen by someone or what to use to find the original source of an edited image?
Use tineye.com: www.tineye.com/

There are also the options of SauceNAO saucenao.com/
or IQDB iqdb.org/ which may find things that Tinyeye can't.

How to get help from this group if your work has been stolen? How to expose art theft?
Send this group a note and write your story!
Make sure to include a link to original work.



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ART THIEVERY:

It must not be prevented, it must be punished!

"Preventing" art thievery is a foolish endeavour:

1)Watermarks ruin images

2)Disabling right clicking makes wallpaper lovers cry

3)You're cheating yourself out of POTENTIAL INCOME!
It's incredibly EASY to win cases of "artist vs art thieves" if they're in 1st world countries and if they've made profit off your art.
In most cases the artists win settlements in thousands of dollars without EVER going to court.


COMMANDMENTS:
1)I will not "prevent" art thievery
2)I will laugh at art thieves, not be angry/afraid of them
3)I will fight art thieves, win money and buy cake.

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HOW TO REPORT ART THIEVES on Deviantart only:
FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?

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FAQ to educate art thieves with:

Generic?
FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?

Someone editing other people's work?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?

Tracers?:
FAQ #304: Do you remove copies and trace-over art?

Screenshots as fanart?:
FAQ #572: What does deviantART consider "Fan Art" to be?
FAQ #578: What does deviantART consider to be a proper desktop screenshot?

Crediting so it's a free for all?:
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?

Think it's fair use?:
FAQ #32: Fair Use and Your Submission

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...What the heck is copyright?*
*You'd better understand this before sending anything to the group, even a comment.

Deviants

Notice

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~ SEND YOUR REPORTS THROUGH NOTE, PLEASE! ~

~ DON'T POST YOUR REPORTS ON THE COMMENTS SECTION ~

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COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LETTER

This letter is your MAIN WEAPON against ART THEFT!


If anyone ever steals YOUR work, this is what you write to the thieves, be they an individual/magazine/website/newspaper/music band/etc.
Simply fill in the blanks and erase the stuff in the brackets.

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To: __________________(art thief's name/company)

It has come to my attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my copyrighted Work entitled "____________ (name of stolen artwork)" in the publishing of a ___________(your website/advert/newspaper/magazine)

I have reserved all rights in the Work, which was first published on _______________ (date) at _______________(my website link), with copyright registered to me.
The advert which appears in your __________ (website/magazine), is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis.

You neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for the advert, nor to make or distribute copies of it. Therefore, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC Section 101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000.
Under the copyright law I demand:
Compensation and Immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies of it, and that you deliver to me all unused, undistributed copies of it, or destroy such copies immediately, and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future.

Also, I demand a compensation for the use of the image.
Your company did not notify me, we did not sign any contracts, and I have not been paid for the use of my work.
If I have not received an affirmative response from you in two weeks, indicating that you are ready to discuss terms of payment for the use of my work and comply with my requirements, I shall consider taking the full legal remedies available to rectify this situation.

Sincerely,


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DISCLAIMER:

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DISCLAIMER:

Please be "polite" to the art thieves, even if you know they've taken stuff. Do NOT flame. Do NOT act like a mindless, angry, hate-mob.
Flaming will get you kicked from this group. We are not a mob, we are an organized machine to help artists fight art theft.
Some art thieves simply don't bother to read DA upload rules or know nothing of copyright law.
Fight art theft with the power of LOVE, LAW, and LOGIC.

1-inform the violator of the rules they're breaking, in a polite manner, like this for example:

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Dear {{__________}},
Please note that the image/deviation you have in your gallery is a copy/unlicensed edit of {{__________}} and is therefore a copyright violation. Because deviantart automatically writes "artwork (C) you" this means that you are taking the original artist's image rights, without permission.
DeviantART policies on copyright violation are FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?.

I'm sure that the original artist would appreciate it if you credited for their hard work/asked their permission on whether you are allowed to use/repost their work.

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2-Report the deviation using the "report violation" button, ONLY if you're the first person to catch the thief.

3-if you suspect that the art thief has a ton of violations, send a report to this group in the form of a NOTE
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ALL COMMENTS ABOUT "SUSPECTED" ART THIEVES WILL BE HIDDEN.
(per request of DA administration)
PLEASE REPORT ART THIEVES IN THE FORM OF A NOTE TO THE GROUP!

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:iconakara-legend:
Akara-Legend Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have you ever seen any of my art out there? I've been looking for thieves of my art and haven't seen any. I don't watermark so I can catch people.
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glennwaters.photoshelter.com/i… - Copyright Glenn Waters. All rights reserved.

etc.
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milovanf Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Please, send your reports trough Notes not here on public domain, thank you.
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:iconhans-sachs:
your friend should file a dmca takedown request here: help.deviantart.com/dmca
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ex-astris1701 Nov 19, 2013   General Artist
Hi there,
According to the group information sending a note is the best way to get advice from this group regarding copyright infringement outside of dA. So I sent a note several weeks ago requesting help in taking down my copyrighted works from a third party site. I was told someone would get back to me, but so far nothing has been done. I completely understand if third party copyright infringement is not something with which this group is qualified to deal with. However, I had asked that, should my case be beyond the scope of this group's means, someone would kindly tell me the next step in getting my art off this terrible site (goodfon.com). Nothing I've done so far has done any good and I desperately need help. I am writing this message here instead of via note to ensure that it is not overlooked like my last message. I apologize for writing a comment instead of sending another note, but I have been dealing with this case for several months now, and I don't think this terrible site, full of thousands of stolen works,  should be allowed to keep going. 
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:iconhans-sachs:
i did a bit research, and it seems that the site is hosted by hetzner. other artists with a similar problem said that the infringing content was taken down, after they contacted hetzner: www.hetzner.de/en/
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ex-astris1701 Nov 20, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much for taking the time to help me. I greatly appreciate it. Hopefully I will be able to make some progress with this new information.
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:iconhans-sachs:
you are welcome.

i'd like to point out that your work can also be found on the russian version of the site, like:

www.goodfon.com/wallpaper/tuma… - www.goodfon.ru/wallpaper/tuman…

it might be necessary to file reports for the russian site, too.
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