About Us: Terms of Service


Please read these Terms of Service ("Terms") carefully. They contain the legal terms and conditions that govern your use of services provided to you by DeviantArt, including information, text, images, graphics, data or other materials ("Content") and products and services provided through www.DeviantArt.com, Sta.sh, DeviantArt Protect, and other DeviantArt mobile applications as well as all elements, software, programs and code forming or incorporated in to www.DeviantArt.com (the "Service"). This Service is operated by DeviantArt, Inc. ("DeviantArt"). DeviantArt is also referred to in these Terms as "we", "our", and "us".

By using our Service, you agree to be bound by Section I of these Terms ("General Terms"), which contains provisions applicable to all users of our Service, including visitors to the DeviantArt website (the "Site"). If you choose to register as a member of our Service or purchase products from the DeviantArt Shop, you will be asked to check a box indicating that you have read, and agree to be bound by, the additional terms set forth in Section II of these Terms ("Additional Terms").

Section I: General Terms

1. Availability

This Service is provided by DeviantArt on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis and DeviantArt reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service, in its sole discretion, at any time and without notice. You agree that DeviantArt is and will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

2. Privacy

DeviantArt has a firm commitment to safeguarding your privacy. Please review DeviantArt's Privacy Policy. The terms of DeviantArt's privacy policy are incorporated into, and form a part of, these Terms.

3. Trademarks

All brand, product and service names used in this Service which identify DeviantArt or third parties and their products and services are proprietary marks of DeviantArt and/or the relevant third parties. Nothing in this Service shall be deemed to confer on any person any license or right on the part of DeviantArt or any third party with respect to any such image, logo or name.

4. Copyright

DeviantArt is, unless otherwise stated, the owner of all copyright and data rights in the Service and its contents. Individuals who have posted works to DeviantArt are either the copyright owners of the component parts of that work or are posting the work under license from a copyright owner or his or her agent or otherwise as permitted by law. You may not reproduce, distribute, publicly display or perform, or prepare derivative works based on any of the Content including any such works without the express, written consent of DeviantArt or the appropriate owner of copyright in such works. DeviantArt does not claim ownership rights in your works or other materials posted by you to DeviantArt (Your Content). You agree not to distribute any part of the Service other than Your Content in any medium other than as permitted in these Terms of Service or by use of functions on the Service provided by us. You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Service unless expressly permitted to do so by us or by use of functions on the Service provided by us.

5. Reporting Copyright Violations

DeviantArt respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Service to do the same. At DeviantArt's discretion and in appropriate circumstances, DeviantArt may remove Your Content submitted to the Site, terminate the accounts of users or prevent access to the Site by users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe the copyright in your work or in the work for which you act as an agent has been infringed through this Service, please contact DeviantArt's agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement, Daniel Sowers who can be reached through violations@deviantart.com. You must provide our agent with substantially the following information, which DeviantArt may then forward to the alleged infringer (see 17 U.S.C. 512 (c)(3) for further details):

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
  4. 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.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Please see DeviantArt's Copyright Policy for further information and details.

6. External Links

DeviantArt may provide links to third-party websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that DeviantArt is not responsible or liable for: the availability or accuracy of such websites or resources; or the Content, products, or services on or available from such websites or resources. Links to such websites or resources do not imply any endorsement by DeviantArt of such websites or resources or the Content, products, or services available from such websites or resources. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites or resources.

7. Third Party Software

As a convenience, we may make third-party software available through the Service. To use the third-party software, you must agree to the terms and conditions imposed by the third party provider and the agreement to use such software will be solely between you and the third party provider. By downloading third party software, you acknowledge and agree that the software is provided on an "AS IS" basis without warranty of any kind. In no event shall DeviantArt be liable for claims or damages of any nature, whether direct or indirect, arising from or related to any third-party software downloaded through the Service.

MPEG License:

As part of the DeviantArt platform, DeviantArt may provide different video services, available for its Core users.

The use of the video services for your account, may require that you receive a license to use certain patents from MPEG-LA (the "License"). It is your own exclusive responsibility to decide whether your activity requires a License and to obtain it. Information about the License can be obtained from MPEG LA L.L.C. here.

Without derogating from any subclause in these Terms of Use, and without any limitation of liability, you shall fully indemnify, defend and hold DeviantArt its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, affiliates and agents, harmless from any and all damages and costs, obligations, losses, liabilities debt and expenses (including attorneys' fees), as accrued, that arise out of or are related to infringement and/or misuse of the patent pool under the MPEG-LA consortium.

If your needs require a more inclusive plan than those regularly offered by us, please contact our support team at: help@deviantart.com

8. Conduct

You agree that you shall not interfere with or disrupt (or attempt to interfere with or disrupt) this Service or servers or networks connected to this Service, or to disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to this Service; or provide any information to DeviantArt that is false or misleading, that attempts to hide your identity or that you do not have the right to disclose. DeviantArt does not endorse any content placed on the Service by third parties or any opinions or advice contained in such content. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless DeviantArt, its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and expert fees, arising out of or in any way connected with your access to or use of the Services, or your violation of these Terms.

9. Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability


10. Amendment of the Terms

We reserve the right to amend these Terms from time to time in our sole discretion. If you have registered as a member, we may notify you of any material changes to these Terms (and the effective date of such changes) by sending a notification on the Site. In addition, we will post the revised terms on the Site. If you continue to use the Service after the effective date of the revised Terms, you will be deemed to have accepted those changes. If you do not agree to the revised Terms, your sole remedy shall be to discontinue using the Service.

11. General

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between DeviantArt and you with respect to your use of the Service. DeviantArt's failure to enforce any right or provision in these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If a court should find that one or more provisions contained in these Terms is invalid, you agree that the remainder of the Terms shall be enforceable. DeviantArt shall have the right to assign its rights and/or delegate its obligations under these Terms, in whole or in part, to any person or business entity. You may not assign your rights or delegate your obligations under these Terms without the prior written consent of DeviantArt. These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. Any disputes arising under or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the State of California.


If you have any comments or questions about the Service please contact us by email at help@deviantart.com.

Section II: Additional Terms

13. Registration

To register as a member of the Service or purchase products, you must be 13 years or lawfully permitted to enter into and form contracts under applicable law. In no event may minors submit Content to the Service. You agree that the information that you provide to us upon registration, at the time of purchase, and at all other times will be true, accurate, current and complete. You also agree that you will ensure that this information is kept accurate and up to date at all times. This is especially important with respect to your email address, since that is the primary way in which we will communicate with you about your account and your orders.

You may purchase any of the Core Membership plans offered at different rates and with different benefits, available here. To ensure uninterrupted service, your payment method may be charged up to 10 days before the renewal date. All payments are made in USD. International banks or credit card companies may charge a conversion or international transaction fee.

14. Password

When you register as a member you will be asked to provide a password. You are responsible for safeguarding the password and you agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You agree that you shall be solely responsible for any activities or actions under your password, whether or not you have authorized such activities or actions. You shall immediately notify DeviantArt of any unauthorized use of your password.

15. Submitting Content

Chat Rooms and Forums - As a registered member of the Service, you will be granted the privilege of participating in chat rooms and forums on the DeviantArt website as part of the Service, which means you may post Your Content in the form of text for display in these areas of the DeviantArt website, subject to your compliance with the Terms.

Artist Materials - As a registered member of the Service, you will also be granted the privilege of submitting certain types of Your Content, known as "Artist Materials," for display on your user page. Prior to submitting Artist Materials, you must accept the additional terms and conditions of the Submission Policy, which is incorporated into, and forms a part of, the Terms.

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, third parties will be able to copy, distribute and display your Content using readily available tools on their computers for this purpose although other than by linking to your Content on DeviantArt any use by a third party of your Content could violate paragraph 4 of these Terms and Conditions unless the third party receives permission from you by license.

17. Monitoring Content

DeviantArt has no ability to control the Content you may upload, post or otherwise transmit using the Service and does not have any obligation to monitor such Content for any purpose. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for all Content and material you upload, post or otherwise transmit using the Service. However, DeviantArt, at its sole discretion may choose to classify content as "mature content" even without being classified as such by a user.

18. Storage Policy

At this time, DeviantArt provides free online storage of Your Content to registered members of the Service. However, you acknowledge and agree that DeviantArt may, at its option, establish limits concerning your use of the Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that Your Content will be retained by the Service, the maximum size of any Content files that may be stored on the Service, the maximum disk space that will be allotted to you for the storage of Content on DeviantArt's servers. Furthermore, you acknowledge that DeviantArt reserves the right to terminate or suspend accounts that are inactive, in DeviantArt's sole discretion, for an extended period of time (thus deleting or suspending access to your Content). Without limiting the generality of Section 9, DeviantArt shall have no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any Content maintained on the Service and you are solely responsible for creating back-ups of Your Content. You further acknowledge that DeviantArt reserves the right to modify its storage policies from time to time, with or without notice to you.

19. Conduct

You agree to be subject to and to conduct yourself in accordance with the DeviantArt Etiquette Policy.You are responsible for all of Your Content you upload, download, and otherwise copy, distribute and display using the Service. You must have the legal right to copy, distribute and display all parts of any content that you upload, download and otherwise copy, distribute and display. Content provided to you by others, or made available through websites, magazines, books and other sources, 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. Please refer to DeviantArt's Copyright Policy for further details.

You agree not to use the Service:

  1. for any unlawful purposes;
  2. to upload, post, or otherwise transmit any public and shared content (content which you offer for free) that is pornographic, obscene, offensive, blasphemous, unlawful, threatening, menacing, abusive, harmful, an invasion of privacy or publicity rights, defamatory, libelous, vulgar, illegal or otherwise objectionable;
  3. to upload, post, or otherwise transmit any subscription or paid content featuring pornographic material of real people, which offers sexual services, which glorifies sexual violence, fringe sexual fetish creations, fetish creations that are hard to distinguish from non-consensual sex, or that is obscene, offensive, blasphemous, unlawful, threatening, menacing, abusive, harmful, an invasion of privacy or publicity rights, defamatory, libelous, vulgar, illegal or otherwise objectionable;
  4. to harm minors in any way, including, but not limited to, uploading, posting, or otherwise transmitting content that violates child pornography laws, child sexual exploitation laws or laws prohibiting the depiction of minors engaged in sexual conduct, or submitting any personally identifiable information about any child under the age of 13;
  5. to forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
  6. to upload, post, or otherwise transmit any material which is likely to cause harm to DeviantArt or anyone else's computer systems, including but not limited to that which contains any virus, code, worm, data or other files or programs designed to damage or allow unauthorized access to the Service which may cause any defect, error, malfunction or corruption to the Service;
  7. for any commercial purpose, except as expressly permitted under these Terms;
  8. to sell access to the Service on any other website or to use the Service on another website for the primary purpose of gaining advertising or subscription revenue other than a personal blog or social network where the primary purpose is to display content from DeviantArt by hyperlink and not to compete with DeviantArt.

19A. Commercial Activities

Commercial activities mean the offering, solicitation or sale of goods or services by anyone other than DeviantArt. Commercial activities with respect to the arts are permitted for registered members acting as individuals, for small corporations or partnerships engaged primarily in art-related activities in which one or more of the principals is a registered member or for those seeking to retain the services or works of a registered member. Commercial activities in the form of paid advertising on the Service are subject to the terms and conditions relating to the purchase of such advertising. No other commercial activities are permitted on or through the Service without DeviantArt's written approval. Any interactions with members of the Service with respect to commercial activities including payment for and delivery of goods and/or services and any terms related to the commercial activities including conditions, warranties or representations and so forth are solely between you and the other member. Paragraph 9, above, of these Terms of Service specifically applies with respect to commercial activities.

19B. Groups

As a registered member of the Service, you will also be able to participate as an administrator or member of a "Group" which is a set of user pages and applications formed for the purpose of collecting content, discussions and organizing members of the site with common interests. Further information about Groups can be found in our Etiquette Policy.

  1. You agree to participate in a Group on the basis of its own rules consistent with these Terms of Service, the conduct set out in paragraph 19, above, and such other rules created by us for Groups from time to time including with respect to the use of Groups for commercial activities.
  2. As an administrator or participant in a Group you acquire no ownership rights over the Group, the Group applications provided by us or over the right to conduct the activities of the Group.
  3. Any Content or Artists Materials submitted to a Group remain, as between the Group and the user submitting such content, the property of the person who submitted the content.
  4. Groups are managed by registered members of the Service and not by us. We are not responsible for the conduct of Group participants or administrators and will not interfere with the management or society of any specific Group or the rules it establishes for itself as long as they are consistent with these Terms of Service and our policies.
  5. Groups may not be used to collect personal data about participants in Groups without the participant's express permission.
  6. The Group application permits us to take appropriate action should intervention become necessary as a result of a violation of the Terms of Service or of any other of our policies. We can remove a Group and the Group's privileges at any time at our discretion.
  7. The use in a Group name of trademarks or distinctive trade names of properties, goods or services is subject to objections from the owner of the marks and names. DeviantArt will respond to such objections by requiring an appropriate change in the name of the Group. The use of trademarks and trade names in Group names otherwise must be descriptive of Group activity or purpose. To avoid confusion and animosity, Groups wishing to name themselves after trademarked properties must include a further description in its name of the type of Group it expects to be such as "Master Photoshop Tutorials" instead of simply "Photoshop."

20. Suspension and Termination of Access and Membership

You agree that DeviantArt may at any time, and without notice, suspend or terminate any part of the Service, or refuse to fulfill any order, or any part of any order or terminate your membership and delete any Content stored on the DeviantArt Site, in DeviantArt's sole discretion, if you fail to comply with the Terms or applicable law.

21. Product Purchases from the DeviantArt Shop

DeviantArt users may make certain products available for purchase through the DeviantArt Shop. For example, you may have the opportunity to purchase or commission "Digital Artwork" that a registered member has listed for sale through the Shop.

All payments are to be made in US dollars and prices are subject to change at any time.

Any purchase made via the Shop is between the user and the purchaser only. DeviantArt only provides the platform in which such purchase is available, but in any event will not be responsible for the purchased item, its quality, terms, price etc.

Before making a purchase, we advise you to review the listing and specifications to make sure they fit your needs and are acceptable by you.

22. Cryptocurrency

DeviantArt enables cryptocurrency payments and earnings withdrawals via a Third Party Software blockchain/cryptocurrency payment processor ("Cryptocurrency Payment Services").

You acknowledge and agree that regardless of the manner in which such Cryptocurrency Payment Services may be offered to you, DeviantArt merely acts as an intermediary platform between you and the applicable Cryptocurrency Payment Services provider, and shall not be in any way responsible or liable with respect to any services provided by such Cryptocurrency Payment Services provider.

Any and all use of Cryptocurrency Payment Services shall be done solely at your own risk and responsibility, and may be subject to certain legal and financial terms which govern Cryptocurrency Payment Services, which you are encouraged to review and understand before using such services. Additionally, the use of Cryptocurrency Payment Services is subject to the applicable terms of use of the Cryptocurrency Payment Services provider, including but not limited to the lists of prohibited items and businesses not supported by such provider. In the case of BitPay, your use of Cryptocurrency Payment Services is subject to BitPay's terms of use. Each Cryptocurrency Payment Services provider may support different cryptocurrencies, however DeviantArt has full discretion regarding which cryptocurrencies will be available through the Cryptocurrency Payment Services on the DeviantArt platform. Please avoid paying in unsupported cryptocurrencies, as doing so may result in loss of funds.

While we hope to avoid such instances, DeviantArt may, at any time and at its sole discretion, suspend, disable access to or remove Cryptocurrency Payment Services without any liability to you or to any third party.

You assume the volatility risk of the cryptocurrencies in which cryptocurrency transactions occur.

Any refunds of cryptocurrency transactions are subject to DeviantArt's sole discretion.

Services Fees

Your use of Cryptocurrency Payment Services is subject to certain fees and exchange rates ("Service Fees"), which may be modified from time to time. For more information, see here. The Service Fees shall be deducted from your DeviantArt Earnings Account. All Service Fees are non-refundable.

Certain transactions (e.g., underpayment and overpayment of cryptocurrency transactions) may be subject to additional fees by the Cryptocurrency Payment Services provider. In the case of BitPay, please refer to the following article for additional information.

23. DeviantArt Protect

DeviantArt enables you to use its DeviantArt Protect service (for qualifying images submitted as deviations), in order to detect potential infringements of your images that you submitted. By using DeviantArt Protect, you agree and acknowledge the following:

  1. The DeviantArt Protect service is limited to detecting potentially similar or near-identical images to your images identified on DeviantArt. There might be other similar images that we will not detect, and therefore, we encourage you to keep track of existing works.
  2. To use DeviantArt Protect, you will need to open an account with DeviantArt, and agree to these terms and to the DeviantArt general privacy policy.
  3. For images eligible for the DeviantArt Protect service, when a potential infringement is identified, we will send you a notice via email or via platform notification, of any potential similar image found. Upon receiving such a notice, you may choose if you wish to take action regarding such images or not (for example, by filing a DMCA takedown notice).
  4. We will not cause or initiate any legal procedures with respect to the similar images. If you believe that one of our results is infringing upon your image, we encourage you to file a DMCA takedown notice. DeviantArt will not be responsible, in any event, for such procedures. All results are indicating some similarity, but in no event will we determine or suggest if such work is indeed infringing or not.
  5. For Core Members, we provide the DeviantArt Protect service for all images published as deviations. For non-Core users, we offer the DeviantArt Protect service for 90 days as of the day when the image was submitted as a deviation.

24. Data Scraping & Machine Learning Activities

DeviantArt is a community of creators that invests significant time and resources to protect its users and foster a cooperative and collaborative environment. Out of respect for its users' choices, DeviantArt has developed clear directives to communicate when its users do not consent to their Content being downloaded and used by third parties for the purposes of developing or operating artificial intelligence or other machine learning systems ("Artificial Intelligence Purposes"). Unless you actively give your consent, for Artificial Intelligence Purposes, DeviantArt will include a robots meta tag with the "noai" or "noimageai" directive in the head section of the HTML page associated with that Content on the Site, and will include an X-Robots-Tag HTTP response header with the "noai" directive when media files associated with that Content are downloaded from the Service. DeviantArt encourages adoption of these directives across other creative platforms, so that creators are able to share their artistic creations with online audiences without fear of losing control of their own works.

DeviantArt expects all users accessing the Service or the Site to respect creators' choices about the acceptable use of their Content, including for Artificial Intelligence Purposes. When a DeviantArt user does not consent to third party use of their Content for Artificial Intelligence Purposes, other users of the Service and third parties accessing the Site are prohibited from using such Content (labeled as "noai" and/or "noimageai") (i) to train an artificial intelligence system, (ii) as input into any previously trained artificial intelligence system, or (iii) to make available any derivative copy unless usage of that copy is subject to conditions at least as restrictive as those set out here. Automated systems or users that fail to respect these choices will be considered to have breached these Terms.

DeviantArt provides no guarantees that "noai" or "noimageai" directives will be present each time Content is accessed, even if the creator does not consent to use of that Content for Artificial Intelligence Purposes; and absence of such directives does not imply creator consent has been granted.

Users acknowledge that by uploading Content to DeviantArt, third-parties may scrape or otherwise use their works without permission. DeviantArt provides no guarantees that third parties will not include certain Content in external data sources, or otherwise use a creator's work for Artificial Intelligence Purposes, even when such directives are present. By prohibiting such conduct, DeviantArt makes no guarantees that it will pursue each unauthorized use of the Service, and the owners of the works are responsible for policing their own works to the extent permitted by law.

Section III: Selling and Buying on DeviantArt

25. Submitting and Purchasing Works on DeviantArt

26. Payment Terms

27. Intellectual Property.

28. Links.
Content and/or the Platform or its messaging may contain links to third-party websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that DeviantArt does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for the availability or accuracy of such websites or resources or the content, products, or services on or available from such websites or resources, and you assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites or resources or the content, products, or services.

29. Works and Services offered for Sale