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Copyright is a major issue here in DeviantArt, probably one of the hot topics you can't miss every single day. art thefts happen, and it's better if we protect ourselves ahead, and get the last laugh.

first, lets define Copyright.

What is Copyright?
The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.…

Are There Many kinds of Copyrights?

Creative Commons
Creative Commons licenses are several copyright licenses released on December 16, 2002 by Creative Commons, a U.S. non-profit corporation founded in 2001.

Many of the licenses, notably all the original licenses, grant certain "baseline rights", such as the right to distribute the copyrighted work without changes, at no charge. Some of the newer licenses do not grant these rights.

Creative Commons licenses are currently available in 43 different jurisdictions worldwide, with more than nineteen others under development. Licenses for jurisdictions outside of the United States are under the purview of Creative Commons International.…

Original Licenses
The original set of licenses all grant the "baseline rights". The details of each of these licenses depends on the version, and comprises a selection of four conditions:

    * Attribution (by): Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.


    * Noncommercial or NonCommercial (nc): Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for noncommercial purposes.


    * No Derivative Works or NoDerivs (nd): Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based on it.


    * ShareAlike (sa): Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work.…


Mixing and matching these conditions produces sixteen possible combinations, of which eleven are valid Creative Commons licenses and five are not. Of the five invalid combinations, four include both the "nd" and "sa" clauses, which are mutually exclusive; and one includes none of the clauses. Of the eleven valid licenses the five that lack the "by" clause have been phased out, because 98% of licensors requested Attribution. But they do remain available for reference on the website. This leaves six regularly used licenses:

   1. Attribution alone (by)
   2. Attribution + Noncommercial (by-nc)
   3. Attribution + NoDerivs (by-nd)
   4. Attribution + ShareAlike (by-sa)
   5. Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivs (by-nc-nd)
   6. Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (by-nc-sa)…

What Are the Works Protected?
Work licensed under a Creative Commons License is protected by copyright applicable law. This allows Creative Commons licenses to be applied to all work protected by copyright law, including: books, plays, movies, music, articles, photographs, blogs, websites.

However, the license may not modify the rights allowed by fair use or fair dealing or exert restrictions which violate copyright exceptions. Furthermore, Creative Commons Licenses are non-exclusive non-revocable. Any work or copies of the work obtained under a Creative Commons license may continue to be used under that license.

In the case of works protected by multiple Creative Common Licenses, the user may choose either.…

Other Licenses
A number of additional licenses have been introduced, which are more specialized:

    * Sampling licenses, with two options:
          o Sampling Plus: parts of the work can be copied and modified for any purpose other than advertising, and the entire work can be copied for noncommercial purposes
          o Noncommercial Sampling Plus: the whole work or parts of the work can be copied and modified for noncommercial purposes

Besides licenses, Creative Commons also offers an easy way to release material into the public domain through the Public Domain Dedication, as well as Founder's Copyright, through which the work is released into the public domain after 14 or 28 years.

A recent project was announced called CC0, a legal tool for waiving as many rights as legally possible, worldwide. CC0 improves and extends the current CC public domain dedication, by adding a waiver statement and attempting an universal rather than the current dedication's U.S.-centric approach.

Legal and technical work on the CC0 waiver was completed on 1 December. Launch is pending.…

Retired License
Due to either disuse or criticism, a number of previously offered Creative Commons licenses have since been retired, and are no longer recommended for new works. The retired licenses include all licenses lacking the Attribution element other than the Public Domain Dedication, as well as two licenses not allowing non-commercial copying:

    * Sampling: parts of the work can be used for any purpose other than advertising, but the whole work cannot be copied or modified
    * DevNations: a Developing Nations license, which only applies to countries deemed by the World Bank as a "non-high-income economy". Full copyright restrictions apply to people in other countries.…

i'll make a different article to elaborate on the above different licenses :aWW:

here are someways to make artthefts out there look at your work, and NOT decide to steal it.

not too big, bot too small, but clear enough to be noticed. oh don't worry, it won't look you image hideaous.
if you're tired of doin it manually, becuase you only thought of adding it now, here's a software that would add watermarks to your images by batch -… , or design you own logo through this -… if you think photshop is to fancy to do the job :aww:

i personally use
now, captures your original creation's fingerprint, stores the fingerprint in a database and sends a copy of the fingerprint to you in an email. The email contains the verified date; the fingerprint verifies the digital creation, and your email address verifies it belongs to you.
all you have to do is create an account, upload your art/creations, fill up the description and wala, you have proof that it REALLY is yours.…

constant reminder is nagging and therefore scareful to art thieves out there.

i usually put this phrase in my artist comment box -
The work contained in my gallery is copyrighted©2007-2009 Shryne Siglos. All rights reserved.My work may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. My work does not belong to the public domain. If you doubt this, feel free to email me:

please do feel free to do the same :aww:

now, i hope i everyone gets the last evil laugh! :evillaugh:
if i think of more ways, i'll post them up! :aww:

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EffKay9 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
why 2007-2009? there is an expiration or something else?
PaMonk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Artist
Awesome Info thanks for sharing.:D
Team4Taken Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hi Laceratedwrists, first of all, thank you so much fo this post. I was wondering, how do you manage to put the copyright statement at the side of your name in every deviation?

You Know:

Journals / Art Features ©2009-2014 laceratedwrists <---This!!!

Thank you so much in advance. =)
YunZhongShanRen Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
carl2k2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I have 1 question, 

What rights do I have if someone copied my artwork but modified it slightly such as changing the colours or creating a vintage worn out look to it?
a-ka-neArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Unless you had any creative commons on your work (attribution, non-commercial use; it's a very self-explanatory system) you are the sole license holder.  No one is allowed to take your work, do anything to it, and call it theirs.  If you find your work used/manipulated you have every write to file a dmca complaint (possibly so long as it's not fan art as it is someone else's copyright) or get staff involved.  If there was a creative commons license at the time, see what the terms were, since you may be out of luck there.
MaryItIs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So what am I to do? (Sorry) I write by the way
SonicRanger-1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this! I have a very important story that's dear to my heart and I would literally die if anything happened to it, but I rally want to share it, so this really eases my fears. Thank you so much! :love:
TheNukleous Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
"fill up the description and wala, you have proof that it REALLY is yours." Don't you mean "voila?" LOL. Sorry, I'm a 'grammar' cop of sorts, couldn't help myself. Though, great article. Have had my art stolen, always try to read more info on how I can protect myself. Thanks!!
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sort of an expression, so no 'grammar violation' there -- my opinion tho, LOL :hug:
TheNukleous Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait...where did I say that it was a 'violation'?! I said 'grammar' 'cop' because I thought you meant to say "voila" in which case that would be a French word...right? If 'wala' is your expression that's fine. Just please don't tell me I said something I didn't say! :( I have nothing against your opinion, though, I respect your opinion by all means! But I never said "violation". I said "voila!" Oh geez. >< :hug: I have no ill will towards you, but I don't feel good if someone told me if I said something I didn't say??
TheNukleous Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist

Oh..didn't know. I always just thought that "voila" was a French something..but if it's your expression it's your thing, heh. i got no prob with that, it's your opinion so it's good. ^^  You said "wala"? Is it your like...made up personal word...? I'm a little confused. How is it not a "grammar violation" unless it's just your word...then I understand. >.> then no need to explain.

Thelionpride Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   Writer
hmmm the site seems not working :( 502 error anyone can help with that i need something to protect my writings
Zarcan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
same, doesn't work ...
Redrobynsart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tumblr is just as bad if not worse...Happened to me on Tumblr. So far not on here. It is more pathetic when the user who stole it, takes off the watermark or source.
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
agree, tumblr is everyone's fave medium for all sorts of stuff, lol.. I just say, If it's yours, do whatever you can to have them take it down :heart: hug:
Reapercaster Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I have a question I hope you can help me with: is your work immediately copyrighted once it is posted, or do you need to fill something out? And also, do you know of any watermarks that can be used for pieces of literature or other written pieces? Right now all I have for my written work is a plz in my description that says "you are not allowed to use or alter this work" but I'm worried it isn' t enough. I'm sorry, I don' t mean to bombard you with question, I'm just not sure where I would go to ask these things
AaronMetallion Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This article is really good!! ^^ :hug: thank you <3
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
themalefox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
I herd that is a scam
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really? what article? can you send me a link? would really appreciate it, thanks! :hug:
themalefox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
Thanks for your help!
DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this !!! I took a long time to find something like this, and you posted it here (((: Thank you very very much for your support, it was very helpful!!
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: 
meguzara Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student
im not sure how to put watermark. would it work if i put a little signature at the bottom?
DarkLuigi-1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does that mean I have to unblock my signatures?!
Misora-Roll Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
What if you create something (like a comic) and you don't want anybody to steal your ideas from you?
Does the Free Copyright page covers that or just the picture you just uploaded?
SamuraiCatLuka Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
^^ i always watermark my art, or if the picture is too dark I just sign it.

thanks for all the info though ^_^
Disney-May Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't quite understand all of this, but thank you so much for posting it! I'll get someone who can interpret. THANK YOU!!!
Cookie-Sweetie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I dun get it, but thanks!
ZoeMontez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Thank you for explaining all this :)
irongiant775 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the info :)
Red-08 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
A interesting, helpful and informative article. ^^
Art-Thieves-Agency Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
A very helpful and informative article! Hopefully users can learn from this to add the copyright on their art.
artstyfox17 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very thoughtful. I will make myself a logo to protect my works.
edopunkrock Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
HELL YEAH!! my design is steal by another indonesian!! this is a good information!! thank you very much, im forever greatful!
airicalush Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
This is very useful :D
SkymanMoon Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
are you allowed to just write it on without any like legal protection?
ChristofLehmann Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Very helpfull and good article. Thank you for the ling to the free of charge copyright registration, I always paid for it, this is wonderfull.
I see you read some of my articles too, hope you enjoy.
Best regards from Denmark to Finland.
Christof Lehmann
Silver-Dew-Drop Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks this was very useful :)
IsharaComix Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Thanks for giving out such a big intro to the Creative Commons project in your article. Those guys at CC don't get enough respect for their hard work.

I first saw the title of this piece thinking I'd regret reading it, but it was rather enjoyable (hence the fave). Thanks for sharing.
RavenAmberRenay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
I'm very Sorry about this. I feel bad. You can tell everybody, I didn't do this and I forgot to Credic you, and She is very sorry.
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's okay, don't fret on it :aww:
i don't mind art all as long as it won't happen again :hug:
RavenAmberRenay Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
It won't happen again.
RavenAmberRenay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Okay. I didn't know you can fav this. I'm very sorry to say I put this yours in my News, And everybody is getting on ass saying I should give you credic. My Question is how can I delete the Article. Like I said I'm very very sorry.
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
chesney Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
See if this looks familiar. :roll:
The irony at work here...
laceratedwrists Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's okay, i can see that she's truly sorry for it :aww: maybe she's new to this thing and didn't know about certain stuffs :aww:
chesney Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Yes, I see this now! It is good. :)
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