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Hot-Linking, Reporting Art Theft and Groups!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 9, 2012, 6:39 PM

:gallery: :deviation: Folder Limitations ~ 250 folders and up to 5346 deviations in each folder FAQ #762: What is the Gallery Folders Feature and how do I use it?


As a Founder and/or Co-Founder of Stock Groups, I get dang tired :sleepy: of deviants who are alleged art thieves trying to join who have galleries of "stock" that are screenshots/caps of celebrities, movies, games, comic characters, etc. Not only are such requests denied, the deviants are reported to the help desk! I notify Elandria of the "celeb" stock and she can move it to the scraps and report the deviant directly to the CEA team. The problem is rather huge, so it is important to get the word out.
:helpdesk: Report, report, report! :work:

CEA Blog: How (And Where) to Report DeviationsThe Galleries here at receive, on average, around a hundred thousand submissions every day- any way you look at it that is a lot of creative works coming in every minute of every day. Among this outpouring of creativity which we call Deviations there are, inevitably, works which could be potential problems and when members of the community find deviations which could be troublesome for one reason or another it is only natural to want to bring them to the attention of the staff here at deviantART.
Because of the various ways that a deviation might be a problem we'll focus on only one specific issue in this blog, that issue being the subject of copyright infringement.
Now we've already tried to explain the ins and outs of copyright in our copyright policy so if you haven't read that particular page yet I'd encourage you to do so now (you agree to obey the rules and restrictions laid out there every time you submit
CEA Blog: How to communicate with the CEADuring the course of our daily activities we receive a lot of communication from members, in the interests of helping you get the right help in the quickest possible manner we have put together this guide on how to communicate efficiently with the CEA team.
Before contacting the CEA we ask that you do the following:
Check for a relevant +faq entry to make sure your question isn't already addressed there. This can save you a lot of time waiting for a response that you can easily access.
Check recent #communityops blogs to make sure that your issue hasn't been addressed there.
If reporting harassment, have you blocked the deviant and hidden their comments already?
Collect any relevant information about the issue, links to comments, journals or deviations
If the issue has upset you, take a few minutes to make sure you're calm before contacting us. This will help your tickets
CEA Blog: Know Your Report CategoriesHi deviants!
In my past blogs we've gone over How to submit Abuse Reports and How to Report an Underage Deviant. In this blog I'm going to give a breakdown of each category in the Copyright & Etiquette portion of our Support Center Contact page.
So why is filing reports or inquiries in the right category important?
Picking the right category ensures the right staff members are reviewing your ticket as soon as possible. Filing a ticket in the incorrect category requires that we escalate it to the correct team for review and this can potentially add time to the wait for a response. Take a quick look through the categories and pick the best one for your ticket. If you're still unsure, fear not! We'll go over the categori

:icontrashcanplz: The sooner such garbage is removed from deviantART, the sooner we can all find legitimate stock to use! Considering there is a limit as to how many stocks will show when doing a search, the celebrity, comic character, movie caps, etc. take up valuable room in the search results. To read more what :devart: is doing about the aforementioned, read:

Stock and Resources: Policy ClarificationThe Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants. 
As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.
In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.
Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:
What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This incl

If a group encourages art theft by featuring celebrity screenshots, be sure to report the group to the help desk as well. Groups that inadvertently accept screenshots, or at least turn a blind eye to them, are violating policy but are not in line to be banned
Groups that encourage art theft, however, can and will be banned if $taff construes that the group outright encourages theft. It is time to save bandwidth and unload deviations and possibly groups that violate policy!!

A few important FAQs (taken from a denial message from various groups I admin):
FAQ #2: Where can I find the official DeviantArt Copyright Policy?
FAQ #8: What are violations of the DeviantArt copyright policy?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #304: Do you remove copies and trace-over art?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #578: What does DeviantArt consider to be a proper desktop screenshot?

So You Think You Can Hotlink by deviantdash Check the article posted by TheFantaSim that
includes what I had to say about hot-linking and art theft. All part of
Project Educate, this affects a lot of deviants:

Art Theft And Hot Linking With WDWParksGalMy dear friend WDWParksGal, formerly a Community Volunteer, recently discovered that one of her deviations was being "high jacked", or the proper used termed, "hot linked". This is a very serious issue that not only affects the deviant,  but also deviantArt. We have been overwhelmed with this issue the last few weeks causing many stock providers and  too many manipulators to change the way they handle their deviations and sites. A few have emptied their gallery and left dA completely.    
Since I had the opportunity, I asked her if she would like to write an article concerning this matter, and she jumped at the chance! So following is WDWParksGal thoughts on this situation.
I have been creating Photomanipulations for about six-years now. I have learned a lot, not just by experimenting with my PhotoShop Elements Programs that I have purchased over the years, but by watching YouTube tutorial videos, talking to other Manipulators, reading

Stock Update!
Happy October Stock and Resources News!It comes around so quickly!
I can't believe its already officially Autumn, and don't ask me what happened to spring and summer!!
Gallery Description Updates
Yesterday saw the release of the new "stashy" submit page to A/B beta testers hailing the promotion and better definition of gallery descriptions aimed at improving, helping and preventing the age old problem of miscats (which everyone hates except the people who miscat in the first place)

As you can see from the previews the gallery selection area is now accompanied by examples and the description - which is where you come in.  The stock and resources gallery has seen a LOT of changes over the years making the range of descriptions for individual sub categories quite a mixed bag!
We are looking for thoughts and suggestions for updating the ENTIRE set of galley descriptions across the board, and if stock and resources aren't your thing but you want to g

:icongrouploveplz: Starting a Group? Need help? There is a group just for you:


Group-Eaze is a place to find out about all-things group-related. Leave a comment
containing your question and help will be provided!

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On a positive note, fall is here, thank God! And I am looking forward to cool weather and Halloween!!!


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Stock violators, hot-linking, how to report policy violations, fall, Halloween and Stock/Resource clarification! Be on the lookout for stock violators and report them!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your helpful article has been FEATURED :heart:

WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :glomp:
nitchwarmer Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Worded perfectly and thanks for mentioning our new group :icongroup-eaze:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You bet! We need to get the word out that there is help for founders everywhere :nuu:
nitchwarmer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need a staff will to help me. :lol: Ill be over my head soon!
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the problem with a group like this. I remember in #DisneyDreamers how membership exploded to over 3000 deviants and my daughter and I had to beg for help. A good group takes a lot of workers to keep it working!
nitchwarmer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. The only group I have competent admins are at the Morgue. The others are hit and miss. Thats why I am glad your with this one because I know you'll be there if I need you, I think one more for sure. :D
Right now I am working on a css for the group and I need to copy the links you just posted on your blog about thief's.
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very good
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thank you!
Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:iconcuteflowerplz: Have a nice day :iconhug1plz:

and a happy weekend :iconjoyplz:
PixellyPerfectStock Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
:thumbsup: Excellent journal! :clap:

WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you... now if we can just get deviants to stop posting celebrity "stock" and unload the ripped images dA will be in good shape!!!
slephoto Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: NO THIEVING
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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