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You're casually browsing the internet when all of a sudden you see your art ripped on someone's myspace page, or elsewhere on the net, so what do you do?

Well if you're an American citizen, you're protected under that infamous law known as the DMCA, or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you right click your ripped image and select properties, you’ll be able to see the address where the image is hosted. If it’s photobucket or some other easily accessible site then you have it easy and you know where to go to find a support email address. If your image is hosted on a dot com, you’ll need to do a WhoIs search and the name server that is listed will usually give away the company that is physically hosting the site. You can then get in contact with most sites through a webmaster or support email if you take a quick look around their site.

So now you know where your image is, what company is hosting it, and how to get a hold of them, then you scratch your head and ask “But KissMyHuman, what do I say to them?” Well that’s easy if you follow these guidelines. Your email must contain the following:

1. An electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest (that’s you) or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest (your parent or attorney if you’re under 18);

2. A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; (A link to your work on the net)

3. A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site, with enough detail that we may find it on the web site; (a direct link to the page where you found the rip)

4. Your address, telephone number, and email address;

5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;

6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

Lets go ahead and look at a sample email:

Your real name
Your mailing address
Your phone number
Your email address
Current date

To whom it may concern,

It has come to my attention that you are hosting an image that is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The image in image in question may be found (provide link of rip). This image directly violates the copyright I hold as owner of this image (provide link of your work). I did not authorize the use of the image in question. I request that the image in question be removed from your servers and any other appropriate action taken against the person in violation according to your company policy. If no immediate action is taken then I will be forced to pursue a stronger legal direction.

I hereby agree that I am the owner or person acting on behalf of the owner of the image in question and the above statements are accurate under penalty of perjury.

Sincerely,
Your real name


Information gathered off of www.aodcc.org/
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:iconcrazycartoonwolf:
Crazycartoonwolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is helpful, but if we wish to avoid a court case what is the best course of action? i had someone steal pieces of my art and repost them on his profile on DA he also ripped off my username form my other account :iconcitywerewolf: (my account) his account was CityWerewolff. 
i've asked for removal of the person but i don't want a court case about it. 
i'm also not an amercian citizen. can be done to prevent a court case over this and simply have him removed?
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:icon1madhatter:
1madhatter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was helpful. i am having this problem right now. thanks
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:iconjoedab17:
joedab17 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
With the exception of saving to your favorites. You would think with all the modern technology. There would be some software websites could use to prevent piracy, unless you plan to make a purchase.
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:iconglukon:
Glukon Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Why is this journal entry the most popular of ALL TIME? :O
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:iconleeliwingfeather:
LeeliWingfeather Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because artwork gets stolen way too often.
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:iconchosenblood:
CHOSENBLOOD Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Why don't we just do what we used to do. You know when thieves got there hands cut off. We would have a lot less theft...or just a lot more handless people. Sorry I'm just sick of all the art stealing.
*Sharpens axe
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:iconredvelveteater:
RedVelvetEater Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Student Writer
This is very useful advice. I will certainly keep it in mind for the future. Not only that but you have the right idea of sending a firm yet decent message concerning copyright claims. However, I think the idea of giving out really personal information (address, state/province, phone number) seems most unwise. In any case, this was very informative and if all goes according to the article, we can all see a lot less plagiarism on the Internet.
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:iconkissmyhuman:
KissMyHuman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Actually, as far as personal information, the a provision in the DMCA reads 'Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.' when submitting a takedown notice.
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:iconredvelveteater:
RedVelvetEater Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student Writer
Never thought of that. Since you put it that way...
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:iconlou-in-canada:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
What a great article.. thanks!
(Just so you know, I copied this into my own Email for future reference.. Just for me mind you.. but I DID copy the link to here at the very top) ;P
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:iconkissmyhuman:
KissMyHuman Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Haha, no worries. Contrary to what this article may paint me as, I'm not militant when it comes to usage rights. In the real world, I've found most copyright violations occur when your client uses you work for something different on top of what they licensed it for and those are fairly easy to find.
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:iconscarlatadiamond:
ScarlataDiamond Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
Fine, that will be handy :)
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:iconreprise-001:
Reprise-001 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Hey, I want to ask a question. What if you decide to post someone's picture, but put the direct link to their website? Like this: "This pic wasn't made by me, but it came from this _______"
Is it okay?
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SapphireHost Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Your best bet is probably to just not post anything that you haven't created. After all, dA was created for artist's to post their own artwork for critiquing and appreciation from fellow artists, so to post another person's/people's stuff doesn't really make sense.
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:iconxxmischiefxx:
xXMischiefXx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Seriously? i honestley think DA is trying to own the intire internet.i mean come on its Photo buckett for gods sake.people should be able to post up whatever they wont on that site without haveing to go threw the drama of stuff like this,same gose for myspace.im sorry DA but other sites cant be as "Great"as you, it kinda sickens me to see the links people go threw for art thief,im glad that its a no talerance thing hear on DA,but they should just leave it at that and not try to couse drama els where,i cant even do a google image search any more without seeing Links to DA under all the photos urggg,im done ranting.but seriously keep the trolling work on DA and DA onley.-_-'
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:iconani7an:
Ani7an Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you an idiot? People on DA post their original artwork, how would you feel if someone posted it on another site saying "this is mine, I made it" after you spent hours painting, editing, etc. or good money on a camera to capture an image.
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:iconsammy-vj-chan:
sammy-vj-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Try an AMV you had made being put up on another site and having your credits cut out and then the idiot claims that it "Toke them all of two weeks to make it". *shudders* Burn the thieves!
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:iconani7an:
Ani7an Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, It's one thing to post it on a blog, but to have someone actually claim it as theirs! That's awful.
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:iconsammy-vj-chan:
sammy-vj-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. What's worse is the fact that the AMV that little girl stole was the only AMV I ever made that my mom liked before she passed away. That's what made it hurt.
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:iconani7an:
Ani7an Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Where you able to contact the girl and tell her to remove it?
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:iconsammy-vj-chan:
sammy-vj-chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My fiance managed to FINALLY convince her to remove it.
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:iconfliffa:
Fliffa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
LOL and that's why your banned. x)
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:iconmoluscum:
Moluscum Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Only for American citizen?
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:iconkenyaninja:
Kenyaninja Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are also rules for other countries I however, am not familiar itch them
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:iconsorrowgrave:
Sorrowgrave Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Student Writer
my daddy is a lawer and I keep detailed doodles of ALL my work so if someone rips off my stuff I'll get money still I wish that it would NEVER happeb though
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:icontrishette:
Trishette Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
that has happened to me, and curiously it was a self portrait
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:iconwerewolfpup:
werewolfpup Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
i loled at your comment
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:icontrishette:
Trishette Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
yeeeeh, haha, was so funny
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:iconoverlord-rodrod:
overlord-rodrod Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
This will help a ton, if and when it happens!

Thanks so much! :3
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:iconsaisuki:
Saisuki Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this! This can potentially help me a lot!
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:iconmiahii:
Miahii Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a life saver lol XD Thanks for psting it!
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:icondragon-nex:
Dragon-NeX Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! Thankgoodness! I'll have to remember this webpage. It has always been my greatest fear that one day, someone will steal my work.
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:iconxxxjoannxxx:
XxXjoannXxX Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009   Digital Artist
My art hasn't been stolen (thank goodness), but now I know what to do if it ever is. Thanks KissMyHuman. =]
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:icondey-chan:
Dey-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
When you said "American" means that is for all American people or just for "Northamerican" (USA citizen)? 0.0
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:iconniko-yasha:
Niko-Yasha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
This will be helpful when someone steals my art... but my art is still really bad. So I hope that doesn't happen too soon. o.o;;
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:iconahhhicantthinkofname:
Som1 finally posted it.lol
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:iconsolar-twist:
Solar-Twist Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
atleast some people understand.
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:iconpinkbaron:
pinkbaron Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Student General Artist
Does this also apply to written works, like original fiction or poetry?
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:iconkenta-rin:
Kenta-Rin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
probably, but you might want to check out the whole Digital Millennium Copyright Act thing to make sure.
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:iconfrostythekittycat:
FrostyTheKittyCat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I hate art stealers. Thanks for posting this. Shadow-Hitsugaya001 (I think) Has stolen artwork MULTIPLE Times, And has not given credit to the original ones. (She didnt post them on her DA, But on her YT, Shadows1andONLYgirl)
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dagis13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
yeah thank you but now i have a bigger problem i dont live in usa i live in europa what i'am i gona do?
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:icondiatsa:
Diatsa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Been afraid of having my work stolen. Granted I haven't released almost nothing, but it was one of the main things holding back. Thanks!
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:iconvoodoorabbit:
Voodoorabbit Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article mannn!
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:iconmari-keiyou:
Mari-Keiyou Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This stuff is really great to know! To my knowledge I haven't yet had the misfortune of getting my artwork ripped...
although it would be kinda hard since most of what I draw is fanart.

Just outta curiosity, could fanart be considered 'ripped' if someone took anothers and called it their own?
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chaoschaorule Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
thanx
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Akikorossella Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I am wondering why on heart 7 people rejected this article. I think it's very helpful.
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:iconmari-keiyou:
Mari-Keiyou Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
perhapse those 7 where people who've taken credit for someone elses artwork, or they tried doing what the article said and it didn't work.

Heck I'm not sure why people would hate it, this article has some wicked advice!
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:iconakikorossella:
Akikorossella Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I think u are right!!!
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:icongoldenwings100:
Goldenwings100 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
it makes me mad just thinking about it...........
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