Author's NOTE: Yes, this is free to use.
It's easier to just link people to this piece, instead of copying and pasting the entire thing on their pages.Edit-updates are on the bottom.Before you ask about this info, all of this would be considered "Fair use," because I'm using this info for education and research:"Examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship." [link]
Do you know what can happen to you if you take someone's work?
To steal someone's work, you are ripping them of their skills and maybe even their identity, as an artist. Your present and future reputation can be ruined; future employers will do background checks on you, and if they see you doing something illegal, such as copyright-infringement, you're less likely to get hired by them.
Look at what happened to this person, when caught heavily tracing and taking credit for a lot of popular comics, such as "Calvin and Hobbes," and many Marvel comics: Robert Granito Called a Fraud
This thief was caught tracing and taking credit for many popular comics, and is now on the verge of getting sued by half of the comic-industry.You do NOT want to be in this situation as this thief is in. Art theft is illegal and is punishable by law, and no matter where you are in the world, it's still illegal. You can be sued and even thrown into prison for a while for stealing someone's work.And I give credit to ~shrewmania and !BiOzZ, for letting me to use/quote (and make some edits) to their wonderful comments: [link]
I will also update this often and post alerts to when it's been edited/update down below, when I find new information on copyright laws.
~I'm constantly finding new resources about copyright infringement and copyright laws, either from the Web or from other people, so this section (and the piece itself) will be updated often.EDIT #16:
With the recent boycotts of SOPA/PIPA and MegaUpload being shut down for copyright infringement, I gave more info regarding both topics.EDIT #15:
Included editing and added in the link codes again, since it's better to just link to this, instead of posting it.EDIT #14:
Added in a part about what makes a piece stolen and how copyrights work.EDIT #13:
Reworded the beginning to make it sound less harsh. c:EDIT #12:
Someone happened to tell me that the DMCA link had timed out and was unavailable to view, so I switched it out with a new link to another resource on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
I also added in some info regarding "Fair Use" and info from ~shrewmania
's comment.EDIT #11:
Decided to take out the link code to make it easier on everyone....EDIT #10:
Received some more info on the Fair Use policy: [link]EDIT #9:
Added in a new Wikipedia link concerning international copyright law: [link]EDIT #8:
Updated the info about fines and added in two new links:"dAmn-Army Blog: US Law and dA Policy""Digital Millennium Copyright Act, section 1204."EDIT #7:
Added in a new Wikipedia source about copyright infringement at the bottom.EDIT #6:
Edited the beginning of the comment, so it sounds less harsh and more polite, as well as MLA citation to each source that is quoted in the comment. Also added in the wikipedia link on "Fair Use," and added in a good example of a recent copyright infringement case. EDIT #5:
Decided to add the links that are below, and added in a note that you need to abide by U.S. laws, because DeviantART is a U.S-incorporated company.EDIT #4: Added in new information:
NET (No Electronic Theft) Act
Copyright Term Extension Act
Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation ActEDIT #3:
It does actually work: [link]
(But that thief still needs to be pressed some more, because he still has some stuff up...)EDIT #2:
I've made a few changes to it; just took out the part where Japan uses torture. Apparently, it's illegal there now.
(At least that's what I've been told.)EDIT: A great site to use to find original images of stolen pieces: Tineye.com: Reverse Image Database. It's pretty accurate (although, sometimes you'll get no results for a picture)