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February 8, 2013
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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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Original Post:

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:iconniniel-stocks: (user is no longer active but this deviation Before and After Model by TheWorldIsTooSmall used and credited the same stock) used in

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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TheAsorlinsStrike 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.
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 ^_^
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good to hear. Anyway I wanted you to know I'm using your poses to help me draw some scenes. I'll send them to you when I post them. Also I would suggest you look into using two handed weapons like the lucern hammer. Its considered a pole arm and a hammer. So its up to you where you place it.
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sound good!

I have notes to try to remember to use the staff like a two handed weapon in future shoots so hopefully stuff like that will start showing up :D
earth-tone Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I had no idea this was becoming such an issue! Good for getting those removed! I've always found stock photos incredibly helpful as an artist and would hate for it to no longer be freely available! I might be forced to pose for my own pictures. Aaaaand nobody wants to see that, lol! ;)
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hehehe well I DO! :la:

Yeah, that's the a big, sad part about all this. I know what it's like to feel like you're not getting the credit or compensation you deserve for your work and when people feel that way, they get despondent and uninterested in doing the helpful things they've been doing. ;( This is how we loose good stock people! :(
TheLunarDragon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nobody will ever be able to prevent theft on this website. Simply will not happen. At least images can be watermarked. People who write poetry and literature have absolutely no way at all of defending ourselves against theft.
RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Stock artists can't necessarily watermark their resources or only show low-resolution images. Our artistic contribution is, in essence, high-res unwatermarked images. It's just control of credit that becomes an issue.

So our options are: Stock-by-application, as in everyone must send a note to recieve stock, which is a huge lag

or B: offer free downloads, and ask for credit, then find lots of stolen work later.

Writers do have the tool of google search at their disposal. Text search is much more comprehensive than image searching (though admittedly it doesn't help for offline publishing, same with art)
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it really can't be stopped and people won't stop doing it. But at least when we find it we can try to take action.
MissFox86 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I agree. Things like this are part of being on the internet. I'm not saying it's right or fair, but it's something we will never be able to completely control.

The fact is, no matter what you do, once you put something on the internet you are opening it up to being stolen, used without permission, criticized, shared, etc.
There is nothing you can do to stop these things from happening, other than not uploading anything to the internet.
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