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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:iconniniel-stocks: (user is no longer active but this deviation Before and After Model by TheWorldIsTooSmall used and credited the same stock) used in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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hekxus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Wouldn't they still need to ask the person for the use of theirs likeness? Isn't that a law that you have to haven a per work? How did this get away for so long with no one realizing that? Doesn't deviant art have some way to protect them? 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Every stock provider has their own license agreement that artists should follow. DeviantART can enforce that license on its own site, but it can't outside of DA.

With digital images so widely available, I think some artists think they can use whatever they want. Sometimes they find the photos on a site that took them from DA and don't link to the original provider so the license info is lost.

It can be quite a mess xD
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MasterKoschei Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's why I pay for stock that allows commercial work if I need to... What the hell is wrong with people?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I do wonder what the story is, but I don't think I'll ever know
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GlennCroft Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I feel sorry about this. Shame on them! By the way I used a picture from your gallery. Reference for my digital painting, is not photoshoped, itīs hand painted with a tablet. Itīs explained below the picture and has a link to your Deviant! Love your work and thank you very much for sharing your artworks with us!!!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad the stock was helpful! Is it up on DA? :)
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GlennCroft Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Yes, sure! Here: [link] And it has a link to your deviant as well!!!!!!
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GlennCroft Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Oh sorry, hereīs the link : [link]
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GlennCroft Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Non for commercial use, itīs for practicing, I swear, lol.
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ValentinaKaquatosh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ouch! That scared me because my first name is Valentina! But I know the rules and would SO give credit and ask permission before I'd dare, plus I'm not Italian (even though my name is Latin). I've just been getting into using the lovely stock photography here at DA, and so far have not used any of it for commercial use, and the paintings and drawings I've created are credited to the models here!

I admire your hard work, Senshi!
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