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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,,, 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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Sora1232 Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
waite i can't understand Waaaah! 
Maryneim 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 You can read more about the effect of these notices in our FAQ

Title: Wings Angel PSD-PNG
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
dxd Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You need to contact the helpdesk as mentioned in the note.…
Maryneim Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No se, No ... Gracias!
ibjennyjenny 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.
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)
4hellcat 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?
jaded-ink 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.
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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