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Stamp:  What is Fanart? by Kaminari-sama Stamp:  What is Fanart? by Kaminari-sama
Stamp template is from [link].

For my watchers, don't mind me, I'm blowing off steam at the usual noobs/ignorant people/etc...
Just ignore the rage if you want.
[Edit] Spinoff stamp: Rules.

I've wanted to make a stamp like this for a while, though I just got around to it now. Now I just need a sub so I can actually use it. *fails*
It irritates me greatly when I see people posting stuff like screenshots and other official artwork in the fanart section here.
Here's a lesson, people. Fanart=Something you draw yourself. Adding text or effects in Photoshop doesn't cut it, and it's even worse when people just take things off Google or something and post them here. Seeing other people posting stuff like that here doesn't make it okay to do. Saying "I don't own it lol" in the artist's comments does not make it okay to do. Hiding comments of people accusing you of infringing copyright does not make it okay to do. And yes, for the record, I've seen all of these.

Right now, this is happening a lot in my main fandom, which is D.N.Angel. I'm not too active in other fandoms, but I'm sure that larger anime fandoms like Bleach or Naruto or Hetalia get their share of this too.
The thing that really irritates me is when there are comments on those pictures like "Wow, that's really good!" or "That looks amazing!"

Of course it's amazing, IT'S OFFICIAL ART.

I'm not trying to say those commenters are to blame, since the one who posted it is the one at fault. However, when you love a series, isn't it natural know what official art is, or if you haven't seen the pic before, at least what style the original artist draws in?

Now, I know some people have the ability to imitate a given style to the point that it's difficult to tell if it's official or not. However, these individuals are not the norm. If you ever see something you're confused about, try asking another fan for their opinion on it. Or use :bulletred:this site.

On the subject of edited official art:

My problem isn't with people who edit things in general, it's with people who break the rules of this site. I'm not saying that all people who create images based on official stuff can't put a lot of work into it. Actually, I've seen edited stuff that's amazing/beautiful/funny/etc... I'm not discouraging people from making these things. By all means, go ahead. Just, please, do not post it here.
Just about the only thing I can think of where this wouldn't bother me is for stamps or some other similar customization like that. But please, don't try to pass it off as fanart.

:bulletpurple:So, what can I do to help prevent this?

Well, there are a few ways of going about this.

:bulletred:The first way is to hit the "Report Deviation" button. It is located to the right of any deviation, at the bottom of everything else. Fill out the area under "Permission Issues". The staff will then deal with the problem content.

:bulletblue:You could also try contacting the deviant and telling them that some things that they have submitted are breaking the rules. Ask them to remove the images. Here are some good FAQs to bring up (which you can use by typing :faq[insertnumberhere]:)

FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #572: What does deviantART consider "Fan Art" to be?

Also, please remember to be polite when doing this. Not everyone who submits things like this knows that they are doing something wrong. It's also better to do this through notes, since things submitted on a user's page may be interpreted as a threat.

:bulletpurple: This little note is just for people who happen to be in the DNAngel fandom. I've been in this fandom for quite a few years, so I'm familiar with what is official art or not. If you ever see someone submitting official art and are confused as to which volume/artbook/episode it's from, feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to look it up.
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FlintENT Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with this. It's sad when people make excuses to steal others images. A person is better creating his own content.
AGLtaria Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Motivationals are allowed, just give credit in someway at least.
BomKosh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AGLtaria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How come I see tens of thousands of motivationals here?
BomKosh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Because hardly anyone nowadays reads the rules.
Waterlily18 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Oh my god...I've been waiting for someone to make this stamp about "those" kind of motivational posters and explain DA rules in a clear and civil manner.

Logic and manners, it's and makes me feel... so many feels. :iconicameplz: (I hope your not offended by my sense of humour XD)
deviantdolphin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
((But aren't motivationals allowed? also in categories when you submit deviation one of the options is "screen shots". Please don't yell at my grammar! I don't speak english. I'm Mexican. :sweatdrop: ))
doomsdaythedeathmaid Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree
Wildheart63 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I took down all my screenshots. ;u;
Wildheart63 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please tell me fanfictions don't count as long as you write the whole thing yourself and credit where all the characters are from. Right? :iconcryforeverplz: Because, I think of writing as an art.... Plus there's a fanfiction button in the fan art option when you're uploading the deviation.
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