Stock Rules and Terms of Use

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Last Updated May 11, 2016 - Added another pervert to the "Forbidden to Use Stock" list.

Attention, Please Read the Rules & TOU.

By downloading and using my stock photos you hereby agree to abide by the rules and terms of use set forth in this journal entry.

All of the images in my gallery, DamselStock, are stock photos, unless otherwise stated! Please do not ask me if you can use a photo in your artwork, that is what they are here for!

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

:bulletred: You must be an active member of dA and not just signing up for the free stock images! I DO check accounts to see if you are only here for free photos. Accounts that are more than a month old and completely empty will be banned and blocked.

:bulletred: DO NOT use my stock with images found on Google; this includes images of celebrities. They are copyrighted and by using them you are not only breaking dA's Terms of Use but you are also committing Copyright Infringement. I will ask you to remove your work or have dA do so for me.

:bulletred: DO NOT use my stock with "rendered celebrity" images offered as stock. Those are NOT legitimate stock as the stock provider took the images from copyrighted sources.

:bulletred: AS OF APRIL 28, 2012: I do NOT allow my stock to create giant/tiny art. If you do not understand what this is then I am not talking to you. However, those who are into giant/tiny creation cannot use my stock for their art, it is a personal preference. I do not care for it as many become sexually suggestive. I will ask you to remove your art if you violate this rule.

:new: Giant/Tiny/Morph art does NOT include fairies, drawves, nymphs, etc... Do a deviant search with your Mature Content filter on to understand the nature of why I and hundreds of other stockers forbid it.

:bulletred: You must CREDIT me by either adding :devDamselStock: or  :iconDamselStock: (Copy & Paste either code). This is NOT optional.

:bulletred: You must NOTIFY ME by posting a link in the comments section of the photo. You must notify me the same day you post your deviation! POST A COMMENT, NOT A NOTE!!

:new: Forgetting to notify me will result in your deviation being placed into my publicly displayed Failure to Notify folder for those of you who do not use the dev, icon or @ codes that automatically send mentions.

:new: :bulletred: Posting on Social Media is allowed but you MUST post on deviantART first.

:bulletred: My stock MAY NOT be used for your social or political cause regardless if it is anti-gay or whatever. My stock IS NOT your political tool.

:bulletred: Do not post your deviations created using my stock under the photography section of dA. Your deviation will be considered a digital photo manipulation, mixed media or a traditional medium art piece. List it as so!

:bulletred: BE CREATIVE! In order to use my stock you must do more than colors/levels/curves changes. Use them in manipulations, as references for traditional medium art, for inspiration, etc...

*Note* A Photomanipulation consists of 2 or more photos edited together to create a new image! Adding text to my photo and turning it black and white IS NOT proper stock use and will need to be removed.

:bulletred: You MAY NOT use my stock on RPG/SIM game sites such as ponybox, horsephenomena, howrse or any of the other multitude of similar sites.

:new: :bulletred: You MAY use my stock for equine ONLY on deviantART. SIM/RPG usage is still strictly prohibited! 

:bulletred: You MAY NOT create premade backgrounds, tube and/or extract my object stock and offer it as stock yourself, make signature tags/avatars, line art, greyscales, templates.

:bulletred: AS OF JANUARY 24, 2013: DO NOT create any art that is sexual in any way, shape or form with my stock! Do NOT use my 12 y/o nephew in ANY art that depicts bondage, being tied up, torture, beating, and extreme violence of any kind. There is a difference between dark artists and people who are psychologically unstable. I will have your work removed and if the piece is offensive enough I WILL file a report with the proper authorities, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. I have filed reports in the past, I'll do it again.

:bulletred: dA Print permission is allowed as long as you have created something using my stock. No need to ask.

:bulletred: Commercial use is allowed if you simply notify me of use. By commercial I am referring to web/graphic design that you make a profit from including web designs for paying clients. This, however, excludes SIM/RPG commissions as SIM/RPG usage is no longer allowed with my stock!

:bulletred:Commercial use of child stock must be given permission beforehand. I want to make sure uses are appropriate. Commercial use will probably be granted, but ask first!

:new: :bulletred: You may use any of my non-premium only/exclusive stock for free for personal use. You must pay a small fee if you intend to sell your work as a bookcover or other item. This does not include deviantART prints.

:bulletred: Those who ask and receive Commercial Use Permission and who follow my rules more than 3 times will be placed on the Permanent Permissions list for commercial use.

I have a law degree and my photos are 100% copyright protected. I upload each stock photo and artwork I create to an online copyright protection application called MyOWs.
If I find anyone violating my rules or I will have the deviantART Help Desk remove your artwork if you fail to do so upon my request and if that is ineffective you will receive a legally binding cease & desist letter.

I am not posting all of these rules to be mean or inhibit your creativity. On the contrary, I post these rules to legally protect you as well as me.

Deviants not allowed to use my stock in any way, shape, or form:

As of 05/18/2011:

As of 10/17/2011:

As of 04/28/2012:
Sizzle-on-horseland/Horesland ID: Sizzle (7356753)

As of 01/24/2013:


As of 08/21/2013

As of 06/14/2014

As of 04/27/2016


As of 05/11/2016


If you see any work posted by the above deviants using my stock in works posted to dA after the dates above their ID's listed here, please send the thumbnail to me in a note.

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Jakeukalane's avatar

I wonder if "You MAY NOT create premade backgrounds, tube and/or extract my object stock and offer it as stock yourself, make signature tags/avatars, line art, greyscales, templates."

affects to do icons for the add media panel, ie, do chat friendly emoticons.

Thank you!