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Stamp:  What is Fanart? by Kaminari-sama Stamp:  What is Fanart? by Kaminari-sama
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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.
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[Edit] Spinoff stamp: Rules.
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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.
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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.
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: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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:iconflintent:
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.
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:iconagltaria:
AGLtaria Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Motivationals are allowed, just give credit in someway at least.
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:iconbomkosh:
BomKosh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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:iconagltaria:
AGLtaria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How come I see tens of thousands of motivationals here?
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:iconbomkosh:
BomKosh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Because hardly anyone nowadays reads the rules.
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:iconwaterlily18:
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 just...sexy and makes me feel... so many feels. :iconicameplz: (I hope your not offended by my sense of humour XD)
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:icondeviantdolphin:
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: ))
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:icondoomsdaythedeathmaid:
doomsdaythedeathmaid Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree
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:iconwildheart63:
Wildheart63 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I took down all my screenshots. ;u;
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:iconwildheart63:
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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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Eh? No, fanfictions wouldn't count as you're not posting something that someone else made. No worries. :) It's not the characters that are the problem expressed in this stamp, otherwise fanart couldn't exist at all. It's people posting something that they did not draw/write that it takes issue with.
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:iconwildheart63:
Wildheart63 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay. ^^ That's good. :)
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:iconchungphantomhive:
Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
As long as you draw it yourself? I mean I'm just sayin
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:icongentamorajeancalhoun:
GenTamoraJeanCalhoun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I agree,Chung. Just because something isn't hand-drawn doesn't mean it should be reported. There re so many types of art-collages,fanfics,latch hook-even the things the artist in of the stamp claims is not art. I have issues with artists who look down on others just for using screencaps to create art. If you don't like screencaps or demotivational postes,just don't look at them. It does NOT give one the right to label edited screens as "non-art" just because it doesn't meet someone's standards or definition of art.
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animeenix Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist
if thats true then what is fanart?
gosh im looking thru the comments and everyone loves it? i personally believe there is no problem with these types of art as long as they dont say
"oh this is my character i made them"
it shud be ok...
plus i find it bad that you would make a stamp dedicated to taking loads and loads of pics off DA
i mean i dont like it when they just take screenshots and stuff but if you take a shot from it and draw it then im fine im sure not many people are gonna read this and if they do most people will probably start a war with me but hey just saying
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:iconbineko-san:
BiNeko-san Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
So, if you copy a picture, just because you put the lines on the paper, you take claim to the concept, execution, and backstory?
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:iconanimeenix:
animeenix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist
im not saying that,im saying that if you give credit to those needed it shud be fine your not claiming all that stuff by drawing a picture of something so shush you
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:iconbineko-san:
BiNeko-san Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Well, technically, if you base it off another picture, you should get permission from the artist before you post it...
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:iconanimeenix:
animeenix Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
thats not what i mean when i say pic i mean screenshot
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:iconbineko-san:
BiNeko-san Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
It's the same thing.
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:iconanimeenix:
animeenix Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist
no,no its not cos you said to ask the artist first
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:iconbineko-san:
BiNeko-san Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
So, screenshots from shows aren't considered art?
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:iconavatarlr:
AvatarLR Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I Totally agree!

He can't possibly think that he can single handedly stop this "Unlawful, Unjust, crazy" Acts of cruelty can HE?!?!?!

Haha, I think as long as they give credit to who needs credit it should be okay!


SO STOP TROLLING!!! U mad broskey?
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:iconanimeenix:
animeenix Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks for the support mate cos i really does make me so mad...people actually trying to get art OFF the website so yar
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:iconavatarlr:
AvatarLR Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My Pleasure!

As long as credit is given were credit is needed then what is the problem???
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:iconanimeenix:
animeenix Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist
i know right jeez the nerve of some people is crazy
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:iconavatarlr:
AvatarLR Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! :)
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:iconthetruedarkness:
TheTrueDarkness Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
question, what happens if a person just takes a photograph of a few books and posts it here but gives credit to the original author? does that count as a copyright infringement?
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:iconme10900:
Me10900 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes the positive attention some of these art thieves get... It drives me insane.
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:iconhinodahime:
Hinodahime Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So... what is fanart then?
Is it creating your own art of official characters?
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yes, that is correct. The description expands on it a bit more, but that's generally it.
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:iconhatedlove6:
HatedLove6 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great stamp! And it is sad when you know that something isn't the person's and yet you can't report them because you don't know where the original came from, or it's been around for so long that everyone saved it in their pic folder one time or another. Besides the thievery, another thing that bugs the heck out of me, are screenshots of a conversation with a 'troll' or some other person they don't like, draw little arrows and type in "EPIC FAIL! LOL!" and posting it up as art.
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks.:) And yes, I know that feeling. It's also frustrating when you know where it came from, but the site doesn't exist anymore.
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:iconiamacutie:
IamaCutie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I like the way you think! Good for you!
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. :highfive:
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:iconiamacutie:
IamaCutie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oops. I fink I added that comment twice. Stupid computer! >C
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:iconiamacutie:
IamaCutie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Chibi high five!
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DaFan132 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student Writer
How about blurred pictures from a movie, making an image out of them?

I only do that for entertainment purposes only. I do not intend to claim art as my own. I don't upload other people's work. I don't just say 'copywrite to original owners,' I give actuall credit.

I wouldn't steal someone else's art without permission.
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's understandable to want to edit something for the sake of entertainment. However, there is a key difference between credit and permission. Credit lists the source(s), while permission is obtaining an OK to use the image from the individual(s) who made it. In the latter, the artist is aware that their art is being used. In the former, they are not.

The only way that it would be acceptable to use an image with only credit and not permission is if the original artist specifically states that it is ok for people to do that with their works.
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:iconf14ace:
f14ace Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Not all motivational posters use copyrighted material. I use images that I took myself or images that are public domain.
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That is correct, images like those would be fine as motivationals. However, I figured that I would mention motivationals in the stamp since a good deal of them do use copyrighted images. Hopefully more people will follow your example. :)
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:iconlilkty:
lilkty Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
and sonic fans are the worst offenders of the recolor type... *sigh*
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:iconlilkty:
lilkty Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
this is genius. I love every frame of it, specially the last ones. I don't think you missed anything and for that you deserve a cookie. :B :cookie:
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what we really need is a report deviation section marked "Annoying Meme," which would include mini sections including "Motivational Poster," "Mobile Phone Pictures," "Dude at a party photo" & "pouty camwhore in mirror photo."

That would so save me so much time.
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:iconlilkty:
lilkty Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
hahahahahahaha this made me laugh so hard!
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DarknessTare Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Some noob girl translated the pages from The Lion King books and posted them in her gallery, when she was asked to take them down, she simply just posted them again this time as desktop screenshots, then I told her how desperate she seemed.
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:iconmadnesstheatre:
MadnessTheatre Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I made a motivational poster recently, but I took it down when I saw how much hatred there was for them. ): I understand it's art theft, and I gave credit to the artist (it was a screencap to an anime) but that still didn't make it right.
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with motivational posters, it's just that they don't belong on this specific website because the purpose of deviantArt is to post creations where you either do 100% of the work or have some sort of mutual agreement with another artist.
Props to you for taking it down though. I think that a lot more could be accomplished if people followed an example such as yours.
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iamganontheumbreon Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Writer
While I was watching this stamp, I pictured an ignorant little kid asking all the questions, and some adult saying, "NO." XD
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:iconkaminari-sama:
Kaminari-sama Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's an amusing mental image and possibly an accurate one in certain cases. :XD:
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