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The Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants. 

As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.

In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.

Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:


What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This includes images of celebrities, images taken from films, games and books or images found via search engines. 

If you didn't take the picture, or have clear and explicit permission from the artist prior to submission your stock or resource will be considered invalid. All submissions to deviantART must comply with our submissions and copyright policy

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
deviantART Submission Policy
deviantART Copyright Policy

What happens to Invalid Stock and Resources?
First we will look to see if the deviation would be better suited to a different gallery or a deviants scraps, if that is the case than it will be moved. If we need take further action then we will request that the deviant provides proof of permission to submit. Once we have requested proof of permission, the artwork will be suspended from public view for 30 days, during this period the deviant can lift the suspension by providing the necessary proof. For repeat offenses or large scale infringement other administrative actions may be applied, this may include immediate deviation deletion or account suspensions. The falsification of submission proof is met with zero tolerance and will result in immediate removal of the image as well as a suspension or indefinite ban on the account.

FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?

Stock and Resource use on deviantART:

 
What can I use in my submissions?
You can only use images in your submissions which you have permission to use. This is either works created entirely through your own means, valid stock and resources or images for which you have obtained specific, verifiable written permission to use.

You may also use images that are considered Public Domain in your submissions. Please note however that public domain does not mean anything you can find on the internet. Public Domain images are images which are free from copyright either because the term of copyright has elapsed or copyright was never applied to the artwork. The current term of copyright that deviantART adheres by is the life of the artist and 70 years after their death.

What must I do to make sure that my images are valid for submission?
deviantART requires that you document your source material and encourage you to provide links where possible. We also require that you follow the terms and conditions set by the provider or host website. Most providers and host websites do not allow the redistribution of their stock or the modification of their stock in to other resources, such as application brushes, premade backgrounds or "renders". We will remove any works that violate a stock or resource providers terms and conditions once notified by the provider or their legal agent.

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

My image was deleted but it came from a stock website, why is this?
There are a lot of sites claiming to be valid stock and resource sites, but they are offering materials which they do not have permission to offer. If we receive notice from the copyright holder or their legal agent acting on their behalf then we will honour their copyright and remove any infringing work, even if you thought it was taken from a valid stock and resource site. You should use extra caution when using materials from sites offering famous images or photos of well known people, as these are rarely valid stock. We recommend that you only use recognised stock and resource sites such as fotolia.com, sxc.hu, istockphoto.com, gettyimages.co.uk or our own stock and resource providers.

What this means for the Stock and Resources Community:


We're going to put some extra energies into clearing up these galleries over the next few weeks. This may involve a simple admin action such as moving your deviation to scraps or a more relevant gallery, or for persistent policy violators, it may involve further administrative action. You may find that you are requested to submit permissions documents, or worst case scenario -- we may have to suspend your account.


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:iconmonkeyrebel117:
MonkeyRebel117 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
So I like to make wallpapers using characters from video games using 3D models. When I upload them do I upload them to SCRAPS then? I'm kinda new here so I was just uploading the Wallpapers I rendered to the 3D model category. Which I was later given a message from the staff that they were moved to SCRAPS. I don't want to violate any more polices by accident. Thanks for taking the time to read this message and I would be happy if someone could give me a direct answer to the question. 
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:iconohmylittleworld:
OhMyLittleWorld Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Interface Designer
What are they moving everything from my gallery? even my tutorials that are made by me! i don't freaking understan this! this is getting annoying, seriosly.
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:iconmythospictures:
MythosPictures Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I made the lens flares I posted, I don't get why this should be taken upon as a copyright since i used After effects to create such a pack.
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:icontatsuyasan:
TatsuyaSan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry , but I'm note in the render info. I'm rendering that image but not my own and note a credit in the info box. Please read all render in my gallery.
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:iconmadarabrek:
MadaraBrek Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Sorry but I get a note saying that this psd has
copyright but the design is mine, only the design materials
I gave credit for that

We have moved 1 of your deviations from "Resources & Stock Images > Tutorials > Digital Art > Drawing & Painting > Photoshop" to "Scraps".

The administrator also said the following:
Upon review it has been determined this deviation was improperly placed.
In accordance with our policies it has been moved your Scrapbook area as this image may contain copyrighted material.
For more information please read the Stock and Resources Policy Clarification and FAQFAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

If you feel that this action was made in error please contact deviantART customer service and file a "Policy Inquiry" help.deviantart.com/contact/?c…

The reason this may have happened can be read in FAQ: Why was my deviation moved?

Moved Deviation: Venom Spider PSD


This is an automatically generated note and replies will be lost. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the help desk

Thank you.
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Giving credit doesn't necessarily mean that you are permitted to offer an image as stock if you're not the sole copyright holder. In general you may not use images as resources unless they were created solely through your own effort or are copyright free.
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:iconmadarabrek:
MadaraBrek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Well but my account in no danger?
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If we receive a DMCA notice from someone claiming that you are using their work then we have to follow up on that, it would depend on your actions as to whether we just remove the copyright infringement or whether we have to suspend your account.
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:iconmadarabrek:
MadaraBrek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Ok, and remove the frame I render tbm copyright
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:iconmylifeisbeautiful:
MyLifeIsBeautiful Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
me mandaste  una nota  diciendo que yo no habia robado unos vectores 
pero en realidad los hice yo ! disculpa si molesto eso masomenos fue lo que entendi :/


la nota:
Hemos pasado 1 de sus desviaciones de "Recursos y Stock Images> Recursos Vector" a " Recortes . " El administrador también dijo lo siguiente: . Luego de la revisión que se ha determinado esta desviación se coloca incorrectamente De acuerdo con nuestras políticas se ha movido su área Scrapbook como imágenes de las celebridades no son permitidos en el sitio como acciones y recursos. Para obtener más información, por favor lea el archivo y Recursos Política Aclaración y FAQ FAQ # 809: ¿Cuáles son las directrices Imagenes almacenadas de deviantART? Si usted cree que esta acción se hizo en error, por favor póngase en contacto con el servicio al cliente deviantART y presentar una "Consulta Política" help.deviantart.com / contacto / c ...? La razón de que esto pudo haber sucedido se puede leer en FAQ: ¿Por qué se ha llevado mi desviación? Desviación MOVIDO: Personalizadas + FORMAS (onditas ) Se trata de una nota se genera automáticamente y se perderá las respuestas.Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con el servicio de asistencia Gracias.
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:iconruby244:
Ruby244 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
<font><font>followinghi read the finish letters of this my Cảm see Hơi lang nhang, pain and the first ...... </font><font>ko understand j expired </font></font>CURSE YOU! 
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:iconsora1232:
Sora1232 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
waite i can't understand Waaaah! 
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:iconmaryneim:
Maryneim Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Because I remove the wings of angel? HELP! PLEASE!!! 



This notice is to inform you that we have received one or more formal copyright complaints against content you have posted. These complaints are "DMCA takedown notices" under section 512 of the United States Copyright Act and we are therefore required to remove the content from deviantART.com. You can read more about the effect of these notices in our FAQ

Title: Wings Angel PSD-PNG
URL: mlauneim.deviantart.com/art/Wi…
Submitted: 2012-10-29 9:23:33 am



The following additional information was provided by the copyright owner who lodged the takedown notice: 
Claim of infringement filed by ~AlzirrSwanheartStock

For further information, please review the deviantART Copyright Policy

If you believe this takedown was in error, and that you hold all necessary rights to post this material, please review this information on how to file a DMCA counter-notification. 

Please note: Three strikes involving claims against you with respect to copyright infringement will result in an indefinite ban on your account and will block all of your content from being viewed by others. Please immediately check your gallery and remove any deviations that contain materials you do not hold the necessary rights to post. 

A copy of this notification has been sent to the email associated with your deviantART account. 

Thank you, 
deviantART Staff
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You need to contact the helpdesk as mentioned in the note. help.deviantart.com/dmca/count…
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:iconmaryneim:
Maryneim Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No se, No ... Gracias!
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:iconibjennyjenny:
ibjennyjenny Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
So nice to hear that DA is taking care of this issue. Along with being a copyright violation its difficult to be taken as a serious resource provider when every other deviation has Selena, Miley or Demi's face on them... though it did make things easier when it came to sorting through them, I would just keep scrolling right passed them. LOL

Thanks for everything.
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:iconaburlacu:
ABurlacu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
You might need to know that, when someone possesses the _original_ work of art, an oil painting perhaps, or the only recording of a musician, they generally have the right to copy an original they own, especially if the author's works have gone into the public domain, or provided the original artist has not already copyrighted the work. (This is difficult, or not possible, if the artist does not have the original, or is deceased and never copyrighted it, or the work was created before the copyright law.) This was not done with a very high percentage of original art, before sometime in recent decades.... and, according to any reasonable person's, or a lawyers, reading of US 17 202 the copyright to a never-copyrighted work, or where the copyright was never explicitly conveyed, is in the public domain. Perhaps you can throw some citations out to clarify your position . There may be none, since I have already checked Lexis, Westlaw, Google Scholar, and Pacer re this section of the code. (I have a professional interest, and a need to know BTW)
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:icon4hellcat:
4hellcat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I prove that I made the pictures?
I'm not marked the photo,
Now 2-3-4 people claims that you his photo
their name on it in the photo and
up do other side ex: facebook, flickr, etc.
this experiencing many others work
please help How do I prove that I made the pictures?
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:iconjaded-ink:
jaded-ink Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
i'm sorry if its already been covered, but what about valid stock from flickr?

there are amazing amounts of CC images available there, which i've used plenty in the past.
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:iconbkennedy-photography:
BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   General Artist
I hope you're still responding to comments on this journal!
I was wondering about public domain being offered as stock. It seems to me that a deviantART stock provider should not take photos from the Public Domain, upload them to their stock account and then place strict rules on the usage thereof. What is dA's view/policy on that issue?
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Images that are actually public domain, that is free of copyright due to copyright expiring or being offered free of copyright can be submitted as stock. If there is no license attached to an image then there is no basis for us to refuse to allow it on deviantART.

But it's important to note that public domain means images that are free of copyright, not images found on search engines etc.
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:iconbkennedy-photography:
BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   General Artist
From what I can gather this stock provider is taking photos from the Library of Congress's website and re-uploading them here.
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Images from there may or may not violate copyright and would have to be checked on an individual basis. You should report them via the report deviation tool. :)
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:iconbkennedy-photography:
BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   General Artist
For the most part, I do believe that she has only uploaded Public Domain photos. I just wanted some clarification. To be honest, it's the adding rules to it that seems off :lmao: I'll just get any photos I want to use directly from the LOC and not worry about it.

Thank you for taking the time to clear that up, much appreciated!
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:iconcreamtherabbit127:
creamtherabbit127 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
I think I wont use base or cosplays so I wont cause a problem (reminds self) O_O...
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:iconcreamtherabbit127:
creamtherabbit127 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
or that I wont share anything than my own drawings in deviant or like share my drawings to other websites like fb like what my bff do [link]
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:iconcreamtherabbit127:
creamtherabbit127 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
but what if dont need credit just link back [link]
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:iconcreamtherabbit127:
creamtherabbit127 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Ok now I should remind my self no more using bases or colabs (reminds self,reminds self,reminds self,) >_<
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:iconlady-bold:
Lady-Bold Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I have an question about doll makers if you design the outfit your self but use a doll maker program I am allowed to upload it and it mine or ask permission for the right to upload it
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hiyas! :wave: I featured this article here: [link]
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:iconchordhelps:
chordhelps Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Kay well, what I upload are psds, so I'm going to upload them to the psd section.
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:iconpikachuben:
PikachuBen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is a question on my behalf of being confused... what would a screenshot (taken from one's own computer) be put into in terms of categories?
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:iconlupsiberg:
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
Interesting info!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   General Artist
Featured on my profile.
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Just to make sure I'm not mistaking this here...

Is Fan Art allowed if a creator or IP holder such as a game site gives the 'Okay'? I know a few game companies will allow fans to tweak screenshots (used as stock), or make full works (paintings, sculpture, etc) - just so long as they're not used for profit in any way.

(I'm also aware there are other game sites which don't allow Fan Art at all, non-profit or not. That's obviously not allowed.)

Just curious where dA stands on Fan Art. Thanks.^^
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:iconhans-sachs:
hans-sachs Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
What if modified screenshots are okay'd by the creator/game site? Are they still not allowed on dA even with permission?
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:iconhans-sachs:
hans-sachs Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
they are allowed; you will possibly have to prove that you've got permission.

for details see:
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I see, I will keep these bookmarked. Thank you very much!
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:iconjamesmargerum:
JamesMargerum Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone really needs to look at Blender tutorials: [link]
By 'look at' I mean 'nuke from orbit'.
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:iconcarolkayla:
carolkayla Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ok, I understand that the rules, indicate, to don't show in a preview, peoples faces, like celebs, models, etc...
But It's not very fair that Dev. had changed the place of my files from psd files to scraps when there are thousands of people here, that commit the same error and don't receive, the change of the files.
Whoever i will have the point that i can't upload peoples in my previews, so i won't do it anymore.
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:iconlightxbuster:
LightxBuster Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm new to this so where can I place all of my extractions?
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You can't place them on deviantART at all, they're copyright infringement.
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:iconlightxbuster:
LightxBuster Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Even if we link the original image and credit the original maker of the file? I never knew that.
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:icondxd:
dxd Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes really, "crediting" the copyright owner does not entitle you to use an image. You can only use an image if you contact the copyright owner directly and gain permission from them. this is especially important when you're offering images as stock.

Regards
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:iconmagicmystery59:
magicmystery59 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm new to DA and have a question - The photographs I take have been uploaded into the "PHOTOGRAPHY" category with the ability for anyone to download. Another DA member sent me a message stating that I would get a better viewing from others if I put my work into the "STOCK AND RESOURCES" category. My images will be found if uploaded to either category based on the 'key words' I included with my images. So my question is does it matter where I put the images????? Thanks everyone!! :heart: :confused:
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:iconbnspyrd:
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
If they're intended for other artists to reference or manip or the like in their art, then yes you should place your photographs in the Stock and Resource category. That category has various sub-categories as well.

It also avoids confusion with what is stock and what isn't.
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:iconmagicmystery59:
magicmystery59 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much!!! :heart:
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:iconmabahe:
Mabahe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Work can be categorized as scrap even if all links are approved by DA?
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
COLLABORATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS IS WRONG?
my collaboration with this scrap now :(
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