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The Galleries here at deviantART.com receive, on average, around a hundred thousand submissions every day- any way you look at it that is a lot of creative works coming in every minute of every day. Among this outpouring of creativity which we call Deviations there are, inevitably, works which could be potential problems and when members of the community find deviations which could be troublesome for one reason or another it is only natural to want to bring them to the attention of the staff here at deviantART.

Because of the various ways that a deviation might be a problem we'll focus on only one specific issue in this blog, that issue being the subject of copyright infringement.

Now we've already tried to explain the ins and outs of copyright in our copyright policy so if you haven't read that particular page yet I'd encourage you to do so now (you agree to obey the rules and restrictions laid out there every time you submit a deviation).

Now the term copyright infringement is often referred to by the (somewhat inaccurate) slang term of "art theft" within the deviantART community and elsewhere but for the purpose of this blog we will not be using the slang term at all and will rely solely on the more accurate term "copyright infringement" or "infringement".

Some examples on how a deviation can be considered copyright infringement would include things such as placing something made by another artist into your deviantART gallery without their knowledge or permission, modifying or editing a work made by someone else and placing it in your gallery or precisely copying a work originally created by someone else. There can be other situations but those three represent the most common reasons that someone will believe that their copyright has been infringed upon.

There are basically four avenues by which alleged copyright infringement can be brought to the attention of the deviantART staff; two are "informal" methods which are fairly forgiving in terms of what is required while the third and fourth are more "formal" methods which follows a strict protocol and we'll briefly explain all of these methods of contact below.

To start with the formal methods of contact, these are done either by contacting deviantART customer service (the help desk found at help ), which can be done if you have a deviantART account, or by emailing us directly at violations@deviantart.com. Using either of these methods will require that the complaint follow all of the legal requirements laid out under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as we mention in the deviantART copyright policy. Don't worry if you aren't certain what you need to write, someone will be able to assist you if you don';t know what to do or if you haven't provided everything which is required.

Because both of these formal methods of contact have to meet specific requirements under the law they can only be used by actual copyright owners or someone who is authorized to represent them. This means that "third party" reports won't be accepted either through email or through the deviantART help desk and anyone who is not an owner or who is not representing an owner will be redirected to the informal moderation system which we will talk about below.

The two informal methods of contact use our onsite moderation system and are started the same way- by clicking a link on the actual deviation page. The link in question is Report Deviation and it can be found on every deviation page. This link has moved around the deviation page over the years as various changes to deviantART have occurred and as of this writing it can be found below the deviation itself, in the right-hand column just underneath the Statistics section where you can find the total number of comments, favorites, views and downloads. The link is in blue and has an exclamation point symbol next to it to help it stand out a bit.

Clicking this link will bring up a menu where you can select several options but the ones we are mainly concerned about in this particular blog are "My Work Used" and "Permissions Issues". While both of these categories can be used to report alleged infringements they are distinct in who should be using which one to bring deviations to the attention of our staff.

The category titled "My Work Used" is intended to be used by actual copyright owners to file an informal report with our staff. Reports filed through moderation here are not quite the same as writing a claim of infringement which complies with the more strict protocols set out under the law so under some circumstances our staff may redirect an owner to file a more formal notice (which we'll explain more below). These reports go into a special queue in the moderation system where they will be given a higher priority by our staff and waiting times for review should be relatively short. Because this particular report type is intended to be used by actual owners it is important to mention that if you are not an owner and you file a report using this section you will be redirected and your report may be closed without any further action being taken- this is done in order to keep this section of the moderation system focused solely on the more informal reports filed by copyright owners.

By contrast the selection of "Permissions Issues" will allow anyone to report a deviation as being potentially infringing but there is a trade off in that these reports are a much lower priority and depending on the circumstances and information provided it is less likely that they will prompt any direct action from the staff in any but the most clear and obvious situations.

Now, this brings up the subject of the differences between a claim of infringement filed by an owner and one filed by anybody else and why our staff treats these reports differently - we do understand that many in the community feel that third party reports should be handled without question and many have claimed in the past that we do not do this because we are "lazy" or that we "support art theft" or "don't care" but the actual reasons are rooted in the need to respond to these sorts of situations in the most responsible fashion possible.

The average third party infringement claim can have many things about it which can cause our staff concern; many can be vague or based upon assumptions or rumor and we've even seen a few which are plainly wrong for one reason or another. These concerns are why third party reports are handled differently.

We have millions of artists here and many of our members maintain, or have used, more than one deviantART account. Many members have accounts on many other art related websites or forums or personal websites and cross-post the same works on these other websites, not to mention that many deviantART members have works published in books, magazines and other print sources. In addition the works found on deviantART can be taken by a small number of the millions of daily visitors and posted elsewhere (with or without permission) and this creates a situation where we cannot simply assume that since you were able to find a particular work elsewhere that the work found on deviantART isn't supposed to be here.

There are also commissions, "art trades", collaborations, partnerships, work-for-hire transactions and hundreds or private deals and arrangements every day just on deviantART alone. Add to this the fact that there are tens of thousands of legitimate stock images, "bases" and other resources free for the taking and free to use in a new work and then mix in tens of thousands of works covered by Creative Commons, those which have otherwise been offered to the public for use by the owner, and those created by owners which don't care if their work is spread around and we have a situation where just because someone has used or posted something owned by another person doesn't necessarily mean that it was unauthorized or that the owner actually objects.

In short, the reason that we place an emphasis and preference on claims filed by owners over claims filed by just anybody is that, without the actual involvement of the copyright owner you really cannot say for certain if a particular use was without permission or if the owner even cares at all about the use.

This means that the best course of action when you find what you suspect to be an infringement is for you to actually contact the owner- something which can be stunningly easy considering that a large percentage of third party reports given to us involve owners who are already a part of the deviantART community. Contacting them and letting them file a more formal complaint with our staff is vastly preferred to a report which amounts to suspicion and accusation alone.

We will continue to accept and review both owner-filed and third party reports and I hope this article has helped make it clear where each type of complaint should be filed and why they are handled with different priorities and why they receive different levels of action by our staff.

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:icongeminikid13:
Geminikid13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know what deviantart's exact religious/whatever views are, but this person is just a devilish troll.

mrwes326.deviantart.com/art/yu…

they referance listening to "yiff sounds" (yiff being furry for porn) as welll as watching 9/11, telling people to do things for the glory of satan, etc. please ban this inconsiderate troll!
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:icongeminikid13:
Geminikid13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they are also racist as they use the "N" word
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:iconpolycosas:
PolyCosas Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Please listen, this is very serious,

for months those useres have been insulting us, in a very rude way. posting bad offensive journals to my friends and now me.
kozispoon was assinting this.


We want peace and freedom to coesxist and share our art nothing else. Why we have to be prisionners of those thieves and rude accounts?

Reported users: Veronica-skunkette & Annafox

Here she was saying she is pointing me with tis weapon to kill me.
So offensive that comment it says. This comment violates deviantART policy, and could contain offensive material
comments.deviantart.com/1/4476…

comments.deviantart.com/1/4476…


Links:

veronica-skunkette.deviantart.…

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veronica-skunkette.deviantart.…

veronica-skunkette.deviantart.…

annafox.deviantart.com/journal…

veronica-skunkette.deviantart.…

veronica-skunkette.deviantart.…

veronica-skunkette.deviantart.…

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fav.me/d7gpm9w

Request #629299 "2Annoying guys in a female mask" was closed and merged into this request. Last comment in request #629299:

Annafox is a ban avoider, changing everything to not to be detected, her banner accounts are: Rokefox, RokeWolf, BetoFox, BetoChester, and now from YeyoCamello.
I reported them but still on.

Please help us to stop this nightmare.

Also that group created an importot accout :iconramirogaxiola: and wrongly got banned this victim :iconchacs:
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:iconjenny345:
Jenny345 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Nice. Thanks for the info. Unfortunately all the reports come back invalid. However some do not and action was taken.
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:iconfriendofthedoctor:
FriendoftheDoctor Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
How long does one wait for a response to a report? 
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:iconsasaji-monkey:
Sasaji-monkey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Artist

Hello and good morning to the staff D.A.
I want to communicate the discomfort that I see the user page "ShinigamiEyes22" because it makes illegal use of the information "aomehigurashi258" user and uses it to end annoying, troublesome and defamation to the same user, I do not think it appropriate to create this type of content to promote stupidity and make other people do bad ideas. 
It would be very good of you to warn this user to your content or simply cancel your account. 
As I understand DeviantArt is a website for promober good art show manual skills of each and promote a place where an artist all feel welcomed and scope open to criticism, as these are not destructive and do not pose game social integrity user on the same page, leaving it exposed to bullying, I urge you to do something with this, thanks.

Abuse Links:

shinigamieyes22.deviantart.com…

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/34.0.1847.116 Safari/537.3

Molestia anti-aome.png (quick view)

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:iconart7864:
art7864 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Please investigate the art submitted by username Usikujumba to make certain that it complies with the rules of your website.  It is not acceptable that users should be asked to open an inappropriate page before they can have access to the Report Deviation Link.
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:icon76859thomasreturn:
76859Thomasreturn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014

there's another threat who wants to harm my stuff:

www.deviantart.com/art/Kill-it…

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:icondannylynn-adams:
DannyLynn-Adams Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
ask-linny.deviantart.com/art/T…

ask-linny.deviantart.com/art/M…

ask-linny.deviantart.com/art/Y…

ask-linny.deviantart.com/art/A…

This girl is stealing screenshots and recoloring them, or writing words over them AND calling people who like these charas 'mentally ill' and 'pedofiles' then when she's cornered, she is blaming her autistic friend for her misdeeds..saying SHE put her up to this. I talked to that girl..and she says ask-linny is lying.

please ban this girl..this has gone on LLLLOOOOOOOONG enough.
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:iconxlightbluesnowflakex:
xlightbluesnowflakex Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well there is girl that goes by KristinaQueenOfVamps she is harassting devianart people and putting up pron and lied about her age
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:iconkakaider:
Kakaider Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

baster037

has stolen a peice of art that belongs to one LadyBarbero this is a deplorable act and should be punished the work should be removed asap!!

Abuse Links:

ladybarbero.deviantart.com/art…

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:iconaniselomit:
AniSelomit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
zutara1994  has been publicly and privately harassing Deviants. She has also stole my art AniSelomit

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:iconshadowmark158:
ShadowMark158 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
zutara1994  has been publicly and privately harassing Deviants. She has also stole art that belongs to AniSelomit
 Please have her account suspended or something.
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:iconzutara1994:
zutara1994 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Artist
will stop I just delete them all ok just leave me alone
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:iconshadowmark158:
ShadowMark158 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Leave me alone. I'm not doing anything. I reported you earlier due to art theft. 
If you keep bothering me, I'm reporting you for harassment. ):<
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:iconmorganatwist:
MorganaTwist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doesnt matter. Report all you want people. DA doesnt care. Their admins and mods dont care. Nobody cares. I see pics up all over this site of pornographic images that are certainly not "art" and yet report it and the users all you want and this crap will still stay up. The posters will still be here on DA unbanned. It's bullshit. Plain and simple hypocritical bullshit. They dont care if you report artwork that breaks their rules and policies. Masterbation, tits, gaping vaginas and assholes, sex toys, blow jobs, and insertion pictures abound on this site and yet they holler that they are not a porn site. Yeah fucking right. *rolls eyes*. If you wanna be an art site and not a porn site then TAKE DOWN ALL THE PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES FROM THIS SITE AND SHOW SOME RESPONSIBILITY AS SITE MODERATORS AND OWNERS! Seriously, quit the hypocritical crap. I have compiled a HUGE LIST of users and links to images that break the AUP rules of this site and I report them over and over again AND NOTHING is done about it. NO actions are taken. I have about had enough of this BS site and honestly I dont even want a profile on here anymore.
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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Artist
MrWes326 has pornographic images. mrwes326.deviantart.com/art/Mi…
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:iconlatias1112:
latias1112 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so whats wrong for drawing mature art all it is its not like there not bonking each other its part of the art culture let him live on deviant art.
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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Artist
I'm sorry, I don't speak bullshit!
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:iconlatias1112:
latias1112 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

 Im the only one who respects all artstyles even mature art, So why do you have to make such a big deal over every thing that offends you in a piece of art, cant we all get along instead of  acting like little angry monkeys?! ive checked out that persons art work and i think its ok to let him live on deviant art, so i know what im really talking about and what your saying about me is really mean, And I don't tolerate it at all and second of all

why don't you please stop yelling at me i don't even deserve your mean comment about me, even though your comments are rude.

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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Artist
Please. If I ever seen someone reading a script your comment was it. How much is the person I'm trying to report paying you to say this anyway?
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:iconpolycosas:
PolyCosas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
There's a dangerous pursuer who forces people serve her. her mind is sick, her brother has been banned is one known as annafox.deviantart.com stills in DA, one of the most dangerous trolls because he attacks, bothers people, steals and modify pics and forces people to troll people. above all by notes, as a virus she attacks from deep. Here's a sample of her hate, insulting an user comments.deviantart.com/4/4466…
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:iconannamous101:
Annamous101 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
What do I do when I see an artwork attacking another user? I found a couple a couple months back that where threatening a user with assault and false portrayal, I remember telling the victim to report it and even reporting as hate art, but those two somehow manage to stay around, am I reporting it wrong or is it still in queue? I heard back then that an automated message told anyone who reported a deviation if it was either taken care of or a rejected report, it never does that anymore.
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:iconiaminvadersim:
IAmInvaderSim Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This person is stealing art, nothing in their gallery is actually theirs jeffthekillermoefoe.deviantart…
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:iconpaintdr0p:
PaintDr0p Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This really helps
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:iconpyrusmerlyn:
pyrusmerlyn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Gee would you look at that. You are not a special snowflake girl. Yes as a matter of fact I know what autism is. I know what it is very well. I too have things I've had to overcome! Im partially deaf, I'm audio deficent. I have a speech impediment. I also have short term memory disorder. Along with other things that I'm actually being tested for currently. SO DONT USE THAT AS A CRUTCH! YOU DONT KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE!! Autism is not a crutch. It is a disorder that many people have and many are functioning members of society. Look. I've tried to be nice. I've really tried. But I just don't have the ability to care anymore. I really dont. I thank you for pointing out the art theft but other then that, I'm sorry. I'm not one to coddle anyone. So cry me a river, build a bridge and get the fuck over it. ( another one send for meh) so mean how she reacted in :icontumblrplz:
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:iconpyrusmerlyn:
pyrusmerlyn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
& they just keep on blocking me over a one tiny comment
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:iconpyrusmerlyn:
pyrusmerlyn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
well some do kinda insult art about other when once get to ad a comment then later some girls block you cause i only said 1 thing i had no idea what comission ment until now & she blocked me & there are other to who write really mean comments thats what this lady said :iconsaysplz:Ughhhh, reminds me of some people I know... Mention you're in a mood to draw, and suddenly they're around you like flies around shit... e_e
And god forbid you ask for money for your services. I only has for points, and I still get bugged to draw people free stuff. Jeez... >< "oasiswinds.deviantart.com/art/… please some one make those grazy megamind fans stop acting so mean i wnt all of them to just quit it :tears: well they are older then me but that's not the way to react to a younger person oh & what i just a few weeks ago dicovered there are not only color racists there are even home country racists 
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:iconpunkfrommarz89:
PunkFromMarz89 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this user is posting pornographic photos star1958
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:iconmaryneim:
Maryneim Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Because I remove the wings of angel? HELP! PLEASE!!! 



This notice is to inform you that we have received one or more formal copyright complaints against content you have posted. These complaints are "DMCA takedown notices" under section 512 of the United States Copyright Act and we are therefore required to remove the content from deviantART.com. You can read more about the effect of these notices in our FAQ

Title: Wings Angel PSD-PNG
URL: mlauneim.deviantart.com/art/Wi…
Submitted: 2012-10-29 9:23:33 am



The following additional information was provided by the copyright owner who lodged the takedown notice: 
Claim of infringement filed by ~AlzirrSwanheartStock

For further information, please review the deviantART Copyright Policy

If you believe this takedown was in error, and that you hold all necessary rights to post this material, please review this information on how to file a DMCA counter-notification. 

Please note: Three strikes involving claims against you with respect to copyright infringement will result in an indefinite ban on your account and will block all of your content from being viewed by others. Please immediately check your gallery and remove any deviations that contain materials you do not hold the necessary rights to post. 

A copy of this notification has been sent to the email associated with your deviantART account. 

Thank you, 
deviantART Staff
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:iconheatthefireguardian4:
Heatthefireguardian4 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This guy is stealing other people other work and putting rude words in it :iconhate-guy: 
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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Artist

mrwes326.deviantart.com/

This user posts pornography and sexualized minor pics.

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:iconazurite:
azurite Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
betty55.deviantart.com/

This person is a spammer.
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:iconokamimouse:
okamimouse Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
comehere2adopt.deviantart.com/
this person is stealing points from others he's 5000debt to the points and stolen adoptables
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:iconcherrieblossemkitteh:
cherrieblossemkitteh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
This person has people spamming my page and she reported me saying I was under aged I lost accounts  cause of her lie *vanellope-x-taffyta and now people post rude comments about me on my page can you stop her I even blocked her but that did not work
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:iconhornetman005:
HornetMan005 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Hey there,i found a kid called :iconeliastimelineraw: wich is an sockpuppet made by :iconelipick11pop: he has admitted be underaged (he's 10 years old) not only that,he also is rude,and he edits art without permisson
if he hides it,i have already screencaped it : chandelure005.deviantart.com/a…
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:iconuiise:
UIise Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional
It was a mistake.
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:iconhornetman005:
HornetMan005 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Nope
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:iconhawkeyethewarrior:
hawkeyethewarrior Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
finally i have a certain bully to take care of for being so mean to people
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:iconfireemblemstarllight:
FireEmblemStarllight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconjksigma: is trolling people and making fun of people's artwork.  Please make him stop.
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:iconrockin-neko-flower:
Rockin-Neko-flower Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stop her she is making sexully comments and stealing art from people creamrabbitlove.deviantart.com...
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:iconfrankteller:
frankteller Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I recently filed an abuse report on a user who posted more than 100 screenshots from various movies and television shows. One of your administrators responded that nothing could be done because I am not the copyright owner.
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:iconbluisi:
BLuisi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Amem!
Finally I found how to report abusive content!
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:icon1delta3grim7:
1Delta3Grim7 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shut him up, [link]
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:icondark-wolf-spaniel:
Dark-Wolf-Spaniel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks, is helpful.
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:iconvanuinfiltrator:
VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Don't people even read anymore...?

Posting a comment here will do nothing, if you want to report a deviation, then read the damn article :stare:
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