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Currently the fuss over the Terms of Service is Clause 16 and the only reason that this clause is causing a problem is because the people concerned with it stop reading there or read it in isolation without looking at all parts of the Terms.

But first things first- here's clause 16;

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Clause 16

16. Copyright in Your Content

deviantART does not claim ownership rights in Your Content. For the sole purpose of enabling us to make your Content available through the Service, you grant to deviantART a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, re-format, store, prepare derivative works based on, and publicly display and perform Your Content. Please note that when you upload Content, you allow third parties to copy, distribute and display your Content.


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Now the concern is over that last bolded line. That line is there to make certain that people are aware that others may download, view, display and use their art for personal uses. A good example of a ‘Personal Use’ is my own personal screensaver which rotates through a wide selection of awesome artworks I've downloaded from deviantART expressly as part of my screensaver and for inspiration for my own original projects. When I’m not actively working my computer monitor becomes a changing digital canvas displaying artwork in my living room.

The problem is that people are interpreting it to mean that anybody is allowed to take your art and do whatever they want with it, and if you read only that one clause or stopped reading there that's certainly how it appears.

BUT....

If you actually read the full Terms you'll see that this isn't the case- you really cannot read just one portion of an agreement, contract or terms statement because many clauses can be affected or modified by other clauses. It is always vitally important to read the entire document.

For those who are looking at Clause 16 in isolation I would like to introduce you to Clause 19. This clause as written contains a lot of ‘distracting material’ because it tries to pack all the possibilities into a small space. For clarity I will remove all but the portions which directly relate to the subject of this article;

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Clause 19

19. Conduct
..... You must have the legal right to copy, distribute and display all parts of any content that you ..... download and otherwise copy, distribute and display. Content provided to you by others, ..... (is) are protected by copyright and should not be uploaded, downloaded, or otherwise copied, distributed or displayed without the consent of the copyright owner or as otherwise permitted by law.

.....continues


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Clearly you can see that the Terms of Service, when read in its entirety and not selectively quoted from, is not a 'free-for-all' contract for thieves and brigands. That’s not to say there are not those out there who will insist on reading selectively from the Terms and twisting the true intent but this official news article can now be used as an educational weapon against those who attempt to do so.




Read the the Terms of Service in full here
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:icondarklordd:
Darklordd Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
and what of resource/stock images that give permission for use?
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:icondragon4343:
dragon4343 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Question! If you take someone's artwork, and redraw it yourself, is that still stealing artwork as long as you give credit to the original artist and drawing? I think I've only done it twice, and people have been hounding me for it, even though I give credit to the original.
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S3RG3J Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Without permission of the original's copyright holder it's illegal to redraw, even if you give credit.
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:icondragon4343:
dragon4343 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay. Thanks for the information. I'll clean out those couple drawings.
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otherunicorn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
I long ago realised that clinging to copyright with both hands is a waste of time. The reality is that my hard work in producing all my art is worth next to nothing. People aren't going to pay for it. I want people to see it I want people to enjoy it. If that means loosening my grip and having people help themselves to it for whatever reason, so be it. I create it for my own pleasure. I get more pleasure if people look at it and even leave the odd comment. If someone "steals" it, good luck to them. I hope they enjoy looking at it. They do so with my blessing.
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AWdeV Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
very informative, I should've seen it sooner :slow:
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:icondeadwarrior1:
deadwarrior1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007   Digital Artist
Deviantart is a BUSINESS, and as part 16 of your terms you say:

"16. Copyright in Your Content

deviantART does not claim ownership rights in Your Content. For the sole purpose of enabling us to make your Content available through the Service, you grant to deviantART a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, re-format, store, prepare derivative works based on, and publicly display and perform Your Content."

Sorry, you may NOT "reproduce, distribute, re-format, store, prepare derivative works based on, and publicly display and perform Your Content."

I DO NOT grant you a "royalty free license" to use my work or "prepare derivative works" based on My Content.

You will ASK my permission and you will compensate me for my work.

You will not make changes to my work without my express written permission.

You will not display my work in public without my express written permission.

You not make my work available to you partners without my express written permission.


It's because of these Terms I don't upload my work to your site.

Folks, upload your work to Renderosity, and while your at it, read about DeiviantArt's, partners.

Don't waste your time or your art here.
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:iconawdev:
AWdeV Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
have you even read the article? or did you just start shamelessly advertising your own site withouth reading?
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:iconnalafontaine:
NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Student General Artist
I think it's pretty obvious.
post something on the net, other ppl get access to it and do what ever they want.
basically, it applies to anywhere on the net.
just don't give the whole thing.
then of course there is the purpose of the DA community, to see to it that copyrights are not violated. we're helping eachother out :)
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980256 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
I have no problem with others copying my "content"; they're only pictures afterall and it's not like this is the only place where I store them...
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