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Oh art thief, oh art thief
How you’ve brought us all to grief.
How can you be unashamed?
When you stole from people unnamed

How you think about your own fame
Just like others like you playing that game
How you feed off us
How you live on others success

How can you sleep at nights,
Knowing you infringed other’s rights?
How can you enjoy this fame,
Knowing it rightfully belongs to another name?

Do we also carry the blame
That we blindly follow someone’s claim?
To the people that believe everything humans say
To you I say good day

We must always question what we are told
Or we can start to be controlled
By vicious lies and such
To me that is just too much
As everybody knows, there are art thieves all over the world.
Now there are many reasons why somebody would do such a thing, I am positive that you can make up some reasons yourself as well. Leaving aside the reasons why we shall continue to what you can do, to prevent it.
The time we live in where everything can be shared over the internet with everybody, has only made us more vulnerable to these kinds of things.
It is very easy to gain access to somebody's information as well as his or her documents over the internet.
This has only played people like the art thieves in the hand.
It is very easy to copy a picture or a text, which we all are aware off; you probably have already done it for a school project or such once.
Sometimes a site has some kind of mechanic behind it that brands (for example the 9gag brand underneath a picture whenever it is copied from the site and pasted elsewhere) or a watermark that is more difficult to spot (for example the Deviantart watermark).
As new tools are made to prevent documents and art from being stolen, new tools to counter those are made each day too.
Meaning that on a technological field, we cannot stop art thieves permanently using technology but we can bring them to a temporary stop, since they will try to counter whatever system is preventing them from copying images from Deviantart and such.
(This idea is most likely impossible because the internet is basically about free trafficking so disabling the copying of images and text completely will most likely not happen.)
There is one thing we can do however.
Sometimes we see a piece of art, be it a text or a photo, a drawing or a sculpture, appear on a site that does not have to be Deviantart itself. (If somebody is copying the work from somebody on Deviantart then chances are they will not upload it on Deviantart, since the chance of being caught is then way higher than on another site.)
Of such a piece of art looks even slightly familiar, please look it up and see, most of the time if you have such a hunch, it will turn out to be correct.
Thanks to Google, we can also search for pictures now, which makes it very easy to find copies of works.
It might not seem like such a through thought solution for the problem at hand, and that is why I invite you to suggest things that we can do as a community to prevent art from being stolen.
I know that most of the artists on here have an account on other sites as well, which may sometimes lead to false accusations.
If you have a hunch that somebody has stolen a piece of work, please do not take action in blind anger.
Sometimes they are indeed innocent, and even if they are not innocent, they are still human beings who still have a right to be treated with the same amount of respect, as you would want from somebody else.
One thing that we must not forget is that we should never stop questioning.
Sometimes art thieves are encouraged by people praising them, even if it is for works that do not belong to them.
Before one should start praising someone, they must make sure that it was really them who have written those words. Who drew that magnificent portrait with just a pencil. That created that sculpture or took that stunning photo of a forest. (There are so many diverse artists that I cannot possibly name them all, but from all medias art is being stolen.)
We must always question the things around is, that is how develop as human beings.
And we must stand together, whereas that is how develop as a community.

If you have any suggestions to prevent art theft please leave them in a comment and I will add it in here as well.

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moon-light-kit Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a lovely poem and it speaks the truth about art thieves.

How can you sleep at nights,
Knowing you infringed other’s rights?
How can you enjoy this fame,
Knowing it rightfully belongs to another name?
I actually ask myself those questions daily whenever I come across people stealing someone else's work on dA. I suppose some of them think they can get away with it, but they're wrong. It will come back to bite them in some way or another. I keep asking them, "How would you like it if you made something you worked really hard on and then along comes someone who claims that piece of work as theirs? How would you feel?"

I just... ugh. I'm sure the majority of art thieves are trolls or children that lash out when someone calls them out for stealing.

On a completely different note... 

I couldn't help but read your poem to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree." Sorry... :D
rainbowdash000000000 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
xy2kura Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Yeah like I was saying before.. one of them is on here, if anyone sees this.. please be so kind as to look through this [link] and help report almost all the stuff there. Taking anime pictures and uploading them as your own is one of the most frustrating of art thefts..
KeithVaughn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I have a different take on art theft and it's one that is rooted in self confidence as an artist: I am a Source. My images: drawings, paintings and writing come from within me and my total experiences. They cannot be duplicated! All an art thief can do is a poor copy... a second hand job from a hack/hack artist. If they do anything with the image they made on a professional level i.e. I see it on a product, the response is simple.

Send a C & D order from a lawyer (Cease and Desist) or they will be sued for copyright infringement. (The people who put out the product or the stores that carry the product.) I will also send terms of them for using the image: payment, ancillary terms and other considerations. If they fear a lawsuit, these terms will be accepted. The other fallout is the thief now has the Mark of Cain on his forehead if he tries to sell any other image. Whether he is 14 or 45 this "use him and get sued" will dog his steps the rest of his life.

As far as copying goes, I don't give a damn. Humans, myself included, learn by copying; until they get the lesson they need and move on. If you put it up, just acknowledge your source and move on. Not only my signature goes on a painting or drawing: every brush stroke, every pencil line and every word combination is my own--it cannot be duplicated, just poorly copied.

Don't worry about the art thieves so much as producing good artwork and a lot of it. It's the best thing you can do to discourage the false impression that the copied artwork is their own. Your style is well known and copies are seen for what they are.

TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I fully agree.
KeithVaughn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Live the words and feel their power.
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Writer
Totally agree. You should post this as an editorial because it drives to the heart of what really matters, and puts art theft and copying into some perspective.
KeithVaughn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I don't know if I'll make an editorial about it. It was just something to get artists, especially the new ones, to continue making art and not get caught up in things that distract them from their art/mission.

Thank you for the compliment thought.
Koratoshisfriend Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't believe I quite understand what you're saying. I think you mean that they try to copy it by tracing the painting and such, but what I mean is just copying it off a website and using mechanics to erase the watermark of the original artist (and if there is a signature erase that as well) and then add their own. Because off that it doesn't look like a copy but it is in fact a slightly altered version of the original. That might go as far as the original artist being marked as a fraud.
What you said about marking the copiers is also quite hard since most of these thieves sell the stolen art pieces under another name. Even if they get caught it does not mean that they will always stop, since for some it is just easy cash.

If I misunderstood your comment please explain it a little more clearer what you mean and I hope I didn't offend you or anything. I do value your opinion on the matter, but you should understand that most artists are getting quite upset if they see that somebody else is claiming their works.
KeithVaughn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I guess what I'm trying to say is to ignore this annoyance (and it is a pain) and continue producing artwork to get it out into the big, wide world. After a time your unique style will be known and people with money will want you to create artwork for them. If this ever happens to an art thief, they are dead. An AD (Art Director) can spot an inconsistency in style at a glance and then look for the actual source.

Getting ripped off for someone else claiming your art to the tune of $15 to $20 for a print or copy is annoying. But when the time comes where people actually want your original art (professional or private) and are willing to pay $1,500 to $ 15,000 for an original that petty annoyance from the thief wears off rapidly. Remember these art thieves are bottom feeders and always will be.

What I'm trying to say is: Make Art and a Lot of it then Post it! Ignore minor distractions that divert you from your art. This includes art thieves and other scum. Remember in a perverse way that theft is a form of compliment.

No, I'm not offended by you wanting clarification of my post. Thank you for asking for it instead of concluding I'm a babbling idiot. Hopefully this reply got across the long term view of what's important and what's not.

Keep producing your Art, Keith
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