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February 1, 2009


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This community has come together on many occasions to sign a petition to help a worthy cause. I never imagined something would have to be started because of a problem within deviantART.

If you haven't read the latest CEA Update, I'd suggest taking a look at it before you e-sign anything. I'm petitioning this revision because I think it's opening a door that will ruin this community.

Allowing members of deviantART to copy, trace, or duplicate any copyrighted artwork is giving a mixed signal to growing artists. Whether or not it's done with the intention of practicing, the act of submitting it into an official gallery here on deviantART is copyright infringement.

If we would penalize these same deviants for copying an artist within the community--who discovers it and complains about it--then we should be penalizing them for copying all artists, as all artists have legal rights to their works.

Having the practice works moved to their own little area of deviantART could be tolerated, but having them in official dA galleries is offensive. We are an art community, originality is what makes art amazing. Don't let dA become an image hosting site by allowing copied, traced, or duplicated artworks to be displayed among the sensational works of original art.

The News Article: CEA UPDATE 20090130; Issues Involving Copying

Petition: deviantART: Crack down on Copyrights
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lagenerala Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student General Artist
DeviantArt is on the road of becoming the next photobucket.. hell
historygeek5 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
historygeek5 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It drives me nuts. Those who trace are not artists :pissed:
historygeek5 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Forget what i just said. I souned mean but i'm tired and dbon't think about what i say when i'm tired. I agree with all of u and i do think a reguieed vid at registarton would be awesome
KahlaDelahay Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
I have to say I think the key is awareness. I admit that when I first joined dA I did infact copy and change someones art and resubmit it. At the time I was a naiive 15 year old that thought it was acceptable. I didn't understand much about HOW dA works back then. I was the exact person you are targeting.

There needs to be more awareness. Having someone read some FAQs and Rules + Procedures will not work. No one really reads the Terms and Conditions when they join. There needs to be something huge that is in peoples faces so they realise that it is not acceptable.

Anyone agree?
Buri288 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely agree.
It would also help if DeviantART would provide their Policies in other languages, since from my personal experience most people that trace/recolor artwork are from countries where English is not their first language.
LostKitten Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist
Came to look at this again for no real reason today and I do agree. The reason I know so much about dA policy today is because I used kitty images from dA artists to make signs when I first joined dA, which is a policy violation since I didn't ask anyone for permission. After that, I made myself aware of all the rules so I couldn't break them again. A lot of people don't realize they're doing anything wrong when they submit policy violations.
WRAMIREZOIDE Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009   General Artist
the only Copyright Violations DA cares about are screenshots from movies/comic books.
L-O-D-Life-or-Death Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
I agree on everything you said! Unfortunately, my first Deviation was an annotation....
It is hopefully my last!
DelqueaBoss Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Here is an idea. You can try to make a petition to have traced work moved to its own unofficial gallery.

I say Unofficial because it is not true art.

Therefore we have official galleries and unofficial galleries such at the scrapbook.

A few admins already started this plan. and even banned Direct Tracing.

Though honestly I do agree with this. but I disagree at how everyone is charging and attacking before trying to come up with a better solution.

Now that is just my opinion. I am not trying to enforce it or anything ^^;
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