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How to report stolen work on dA

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 19, 2013, 7:34 AM
Hi all,

I've seen enough stolen work journals lately that I wanted to make sure you know exactly how to report it. A couple of things to keep in mind:

:bulletpink: I, as a CV, cannot do anything about it. Bitching at me about it for "doing nothing" will only get you blocked and/or reported for spam.

:bulletpink: It does NOT help to post a journal asking all 500 of your closest friends to report the stolen work. dA will pay attention to YOUR request as the artist. Third party reports get lower priority than first party (artist) reports.

:bulletpink: Make sure you are filing a DMCA report and doing so CORRECTLY. If you do it correctly, dA staff WILL look into it. 

Here's how to do it correctly:

Step 1: On the right side of the deviation, click "Report Image," about halfway down.

Step 2: On the left, select "My Intellectual Property."

Step 3: On the right side of that form (where I've circled it, below), click "File a DMCA Notice."

Dmca by Aeirmid

Step 4: Fill out the form that comes up. Notice that you have to click through a couple of pages and then submit it.

That's it. No need for fuss or drama.

I hope that helps.


How to report your art as stolen. No fuss, no drama. Just results.
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jocat237 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you know that your art has been stolen? Will some one tell you or DA itself? :(
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Digital Artist
usually you find it or someone else sees it and tells you about it. You can also check by reverse-searching your image. Copy the URL of your image on dA into the search box at or
jocat237 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kk, thank you! :D
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Do wish deviants would understand that to spam the help desk simply makes in harder for $taff to do their work! Thank you for putting this journal out :thumbsup:
amazinglife2011 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can someone tell me how to report a comment very offensive and someone that is trying to hack everyone's account?
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Report the first (offensive) one as spam and then report it to the help desk as harassment. Report the second (hacker) to the Help Desk also. BOTH should go under Abuse reports. Also see: FAQ #660: My deviantART account has been hacked. What can I do?
amazinglife2011 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :)
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
danielle-droeven Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you
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