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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.
:iconrobynrose: Plain Portrait by RobynRose
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: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:iconniniel-stocks: (user is no longer active but this deviation Before and After Model by TheWorldIsTooSmall used and credited the same stock) used in

RobynRose 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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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The work was really beautiful and that's why I think it's a shame they misused the high quality, free resources. The stock was provided by these (not professional) photographers with the simple license of credit and notification for personal use. Many of them allow commercial use as well, but request that artists contact them in advance. This work likely could've been made, shared, and appreciated if the artist had taken the right steps in contacting the stock providers as required by their license and use requirements.

People watermark images to prevent people from using it without paying. These stock providers do not require people to pay for the stock for personal use so it wouldn't make sense for them to have watermarked images. It's the artist's responsibility to ensure the resources they are using are legitimate.
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lilpixi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
After researching this, i get it. Not sure how much I like it... but i get it :/
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disco-mouse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
AAARRGH :mad: I hate art theft!! I'm glad it seems like most of these have been resolved. I hope it doesn't discourage stock makers! I NEED YOU GUYS.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is discouraging and it's such a problem. When providers don't feel respected they often stop making stock. ;( I hope people continue to be strong in the face of these challenges
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FanaticalOne Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate art theft, but IMO, if the artist was using pictures obtained from a "free stock" site that deceptively promised, well, free and ready-to-use stock, then the site admis are the ones that ought to be shamed, not the artist. I mean, yes, the artist needs to take down the offending pictures and stop selling them - and apparently did! - but now it's the site that needs to be dealt with. Does anyone know which site it was, yet?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I had heard it was a possibility, but I'm not sure that's what actually happened
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Queen-of-the-Smileys Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're all down now! :)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's great! I hope the artist has learned a valuable lesson
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TheSliverCross Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info I'll remember this. I'll also do what I can to help.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
it looks like it's done for now but it's good to be on the look out ^_^
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