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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I agree with the logic here - if there was a watermark, it's really hard to steal outright.

And Rydi1689's question was also mine - but I can see your answer. :)
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh yeah I have to agree that the wording could maybe be improved but it didn't even occur to me since the two options really are one on here. ^^
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not exactly :confused: you can get rid of the sharing options without making your work only visible to deviantART members in the process. But well, we all get what you mean *now* (:giggle:).
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But not the other way around. :B
Agh stupid words. :shakefist: xD
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome to the jungle, the internet, life! :iconkruemelplz:

I also have a hard time finding my way around words :iconpapmingplz:
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let's get rid of words. Altogether. :iconheplz:
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DorienVincent Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Vala! Good to you for starting such a discussion. Thank you.

May every petty art thief feel a little unhappy when they see this huge discussion.
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LoveRobin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
This is the same reasoning that a woman raped was asking for it. "You could have should have done something to prevent it".

What we need is for dA to more aggressively take action with art thieves, *especially* those we are themselves dA members. They should be ready to throw their weight behind a member dealing with off-site cases of stolen art.

dA wants more members to upgrade to paying subscriptions, then they need to start acting in the best interests of and protecting their membership and *earn* their desire to upgrade. Hell, if dA were to toss their weight around on behalf of their paying membership, I'd bet more people would be willing to pony up for *that* sort of service.
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PabloFiorentino Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Another user here used the same rape analogy, but please look at it this way:

I understand your point, but :iconvalasedai: brings up really important points.

As a Professional commercial Illustrator, I can guarantee you that any company or high-end client I've ever worked with will only allow me to upload Low-res custom watermarked works to my Portfolio/Deviantart. This is basic artwork protection.
Some don't ask for watermarks, but they ALL ask to upload low-res files ONLY.

Unless they're free resources, an artist should NEVER upload a High-res image to their Portfolios/Deviantart, 72 ppi is a must, that way they're unprintable and you take away that option for art thieves.

Educating art thieves is one thing, but this is not the article for that, it's about the extra steps any artist should take to protect their artwork, specially if it's commercial.

I do agree that DA needs to improve their DMCA enforcement methods, they're pretty lacking in that department.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's just one thing I disagree with in this post. How does disabling sharing options help to protect me for art thieves? There was an uprage years ago when they were implemented because people were completely sure that it would only promote art theft, but deviantART assured that they'd not promote it and it would be benefitial to artists because it automatically includes links, credits and I believe watermarks too. So, how does disabling these protect me from thievery?
At least if I allow people to repost my art to tumblr or facebook through my own deviation's sharing options, I can guarantee that I'll get the due credit and links back to my page, whereas when people save the image to their computers and resubmit it to tumblr chances of getting credited are less than scarce.

Sharing options is not a source of thievery! People will share your work whether you want it or not, at least sharing options grants you the credit you deserve, and people will be redirected to your work, instead of just getting your art reposted without credit, link back or information about the original source and artist.

And if we don't want people stealing our works (or anything in general) the best way to protect our work is to EDUCATE the future generations instead of spoiling them and letting them do as they please, thinking that there are no restrictions to their actions.
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