"Sorry, no pirates allowed in the gallery." (Artwork by /MistiqueCat )
In every art community there are cases of art theft, and Shadowness is no exception. However, keep in mind that in most cases the art thieves don’t want to harm anyone and don’t even know that copying and pasting artworks which are freely available on the Internet is forbidden.
With Shadowness’ exponential grow rates it’s getting harder and harder for staff members to notice stolen work. Therefore, I would like to lay down some guidelines how you can help us track down art theft.
Shadowness is known for being a tight-knit community where artists support one another, so when you come across an artwork which you think was stolen from someone else or contains stolen material, please refrain from flaming or even directly addressing the user who submitted the artwork. Instead, let me or any other /staff member know about the issue. We will take care of the matter by moving the artwork to the scraps section and engage in a one-on-one conversation with the alleged art thief via PM. The user will be given the chance to comment on the issue, submit proof that it's their work or remove the artwork if it turns out it was indeed stolen. If the user does not cooperate or the case is clear, we delete the artwork immediately. Repeated cases of art theft result in a ban.
Let’s all work together to deal with art theft, and thank you in advance for helping us identifying suspicious submissions!
If you want to know more about our copyright policy, check out /copyright .
I like how you point out that usually the thief does not mean harm. Sometimes they just don't know the extent of how bad it is to steal, or what stealing art means.
Internet art is a relatively new thing, and newcomers to art communities may not yet realize that taking part of someone's image or idea can be hurtful, and is serious. Since most people are unaware, it is important to try to reach them in a non-confrontational manner. Perhaps we should ask them questions and then gently let them know how the artist may feel if someone used their work without permission.
I feel better that the artwork will moved to their Scraps and the staff will actually try to talk to them instead just removing the (possibly) stolen artwork and not even talking to the (possible) thief in question.