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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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Mature Content

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:iconniniel-stocks: (user is no longer active but this deviation Before and After Model by TheWorldIsTooSmall used and credited the same stock) used in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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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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lilpixi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe i'm the odd one out here. But some of his stuff is really beautiful. It's a shame to see it taken down. Honestly i think you guys are being a tad petty. You could just ask him to put credit where credit is due and ask maybe for an apology. Maybe i'm just biased because the artwork is about the beauty of a blemished body, something no one appreciates anymore.
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If you don't watermark your stock like a proper professional, you really are asking for your stock images to get used without permission. That's how stock images on the rest of the internet works. *le shrug*
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And that would be sooo boring xD
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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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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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Greeceskitty Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a bummer
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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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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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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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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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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