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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
: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:iconniniel-stocks: (user is no longer active but this deviation Before and After Model by TheWorldIsTooSmall used and credited the same stock) used in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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:icontheasorlinsstrike:
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.
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:iconsenshistock:
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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:icontheasorlinsstrike:
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.
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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
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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! ;)
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:iconsenshistock:
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! :(
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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.
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:iconrobynrose:
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)
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:iconsenshistock:
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.
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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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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And that would be sooo boring xD
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:iconmissfox86:
MissFox86 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
ezackly :)
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Prophetic-KiNg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Whoa, I knew that art theft was real but this is ridiculous; I feel bad. Well I guess I'm grateful I'm not super popular yet.
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Greeceskitty Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On Zero chan i saw many pictures from dA uploaded by multiple people, yet, they didn't give any credit. I hope they take those down, as well
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure lots of things from there get posted here without credit, too. I don't understand people ^^;
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Greeceskitty Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah but those pictures I saw are all from the same person (actually it was ROSEL-D and another artist who's name I can't spell =_=, here on dA), same artstyle, same signature (sometimes they leave it)and are uploaded by multiple people on zerochan.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
;(
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:icongreeceskitty:
Greeceskitty Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
?
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a bummer
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Several of my flowers have been used commercially.. They are down by now but as this happened in different countries I probably will never see a cent for this :(
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
and I bet if they'd just contacted you, you would've been able to work something out
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would be pleased to make a liscense agreement and earn some money with my art if they just would ask but all I can do is to say if they dont remove I inform my attorney which most times helps for the quick removal. (as if I could afford to pay a lawyer to file a lawsuit to a different country)With one person I had high hopes he would buy a liscense he sounded so seroius that he really wanted it... nothing than tactics to calm me down Many of my works now get refused because I add bars over my artwork, but I am so fed up with finding my art not only in a gazillion blogs w/o credit, but worse used for fundraising, used commercially on various pages and on one iranian side altered and used as groups header, banner and ID and no reaction to any of my mails there I cant even say what this group is all about as I cant read farsi (persian)When I first time used google reverse search I nearly fainted. I am all but a well known or popular artist... if that happens to me such a lot, what happens to the real popular folks???
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:iconjedi-gert:
jedi-gert Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, I submitted some stuff and never got any sort of response. I submitted with a big grey 'sample' watermark across it that did not hide my work but DID prevent any real theft. I wonder if my proactive attempt to not find myself working for free prompted them to never reply?
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
could easily be specially with the word sample. better design your own logo
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:iconjedi-gert:
jedi-gert Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I flattened them to bit maps with no layers and brought down the resolution too but I will eventually probably use my logo when I find it again.
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A big reason my stock is CC BY is so I don't have to deal with this, but this is your art so it's quite a big different ;(

I think the bars are a pretty good idea though. Has it helped?
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I havent seen one of the works with the bar so it seems to help but I only do it for some weeks now. Downside is some groups decline my work because of this and some commentors say its really disturbing, although I really try to make it as inobtrusive as possible but annoying enough to make arttheft and cropping my name out too hard to be of interest. And the fe stock I have now all the newer ones are pay to download. not much just enough to make it impossible for people outside dA to download it. I take 10 points for a untreated photos around 30-50 for premade backgrounds and for textures depending on the amount contained in the file I am fed up with dealing with 3.365 downloads, opposed to 313 faves and less than 10 comments letting me know where it was used
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope that it starts to help. I think the less exposure in groups is probably worth the exchange of some protection for your work
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope so too, and I will slowly add the bar to more older works. The good thing is that I do rework some of my oldies with the knowledge I have now :XD:
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:iconvarjokani:
Varjokani Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yay that user on that site seems to be taken down! :la:
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But yes I hate copycats! D:
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
For now, it seems to be done but we'll be watching :eyes:
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:iconvarjokani:
Varjokani Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thats the spirit! :)
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:iconlumiafang:
Lumiafang Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its just wrong
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconaliz23:
aliz23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
>:/ I hate thefts, why authorities do nothing? is a violation to the right & privacy.
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Most people deal with this sort of thing in civil court as a conflict between people, but I don't think your average stock provider can afford to sue ;(
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:iconriccimer:
riccimer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi just to get this right: You do not want that artists you do not know use your stockphotos for free? Just trying to get it, no sarcasm here. Thanks for the answer in advance
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This actually doesn't have anything to do with my stock. ^___^ These models are other models on DA who have no commercial use clauses in their licenses and these works are being used commercially without their permission.

My stock is CC BY 3.0 so commercial use is allowed by default of the license.

Hope that helps!
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:iconriccimer:
riccimer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind answers.
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
they don't want peple they don't know use their stock for commercial purposes without credit.
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:iconemma-of-hearts:
Emma-Of-Hearts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Writer
They have no problem with it, they just want some recognition and sourcing.
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:iconamberrant:
Amberrant Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And as Gwendolyn12 says, they don't want people to use their stock commercially without their permission.
Recognition and sourcing and notifying the artist may be okay with the little things on dA, but I doubt it cuts it when people are making money off free stock.
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:iconemma-of-hearts:
Emma-Of-Hearts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Writer
Oh, I didn't know that the person was using it commercially, I guess that's what I get for skim reading.
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:iconborgiaruler:
BorgiaRuler Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Anything in my gallery is mine unless I say other wise. I have no reason to steal or such so I don't. I would ask first before I used anything.
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's the way to go :D
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:iconborgiaruler:
BorgiaRuler Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
*Nod* it makes things so much easier.
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:iconspudfuzz:
Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how people think stealing imagery on the INTERNET will go completely unnoticed. :facepalm:
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is my favorite thing out of all of this: [link]
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:icongwendolyn12:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
that's the common belief. Fortunately, it's untrue.:XD:
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:icongilmoreofficial:
GILMOREofficial Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
On the Saatchi too. Shame.
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