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Current Update, Feb 9: It seems that the artworks created with the DA stock models have been taken down from all sites. This is good news! I hope the artist will be in touch with the models they have used. It seems possible through what I've heard from these models in their research that this artist may have found these images on a 'free stock' site. Please be aware of any site that is set up with a huge variety of fabulous, high quality images for commercial use, for free. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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An Italian artist has been using stock images from DA's portrait models as the source of her professional work without notifying the models or crediting them. In most cases, these models do not allow commercial use of their stock without permission.

Here is a list of models discovered to have been used so far.
:iconkxhara: Plain Portrait by Kxhara
:icontasastock: :thumb129588300:
:iconaimeestock: Shampoo Commercial 2 by AimeeStock
:iconniniel-stocks: (user is no longer active but this deviation Before and After Model by TheWorldIsTooSmall used and credited the same stock) used in

Kxhara was the first to notice the use of her image without permission.

I suspect that since so many of these works share a similar source it is likely that many others in the gallery have their source in DA's stock galleries.

This is a serious matter to which I would like to bring more attention. If you are using someone's face in your artwork, be sure you have that person's permission before you go about selling it.
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KrissyChaotic Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad! I know you and other stock groups/pages work hard to put these amazing references up for us all! <3
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MotherofDragons Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly. =)
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MotherofDragons Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry. xD It's just something I feel strongly about, so I wasn't trying to offend anyone here. I love drawing fan art, but I won't sell it. I'll give it away for free. That's just how I roll. Haha. <3 Glad someone gets it. xD
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KrissyChaotic Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you use the pose or anything in any way off a stock site/DA stock group/page you HAVE to credit either the page, model, or both.
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KrissyChaotic Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shared both your and Kxhara's journal about the art theif to my Facebook. I suggest other people do the same. I mean, seriously, who knows who else's stocks/art this person has stolen? I love you stocks, and I'll do watever it takes to help!
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