Stock and Resources: Policy Clarification

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The Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants. 

As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.

In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.

Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:

What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This includes images of celebrities, images taken from films, games and books or images found via search engines. 

If you didn't take the picture, or have clear and explicit permission from the artist prior to submission your stock or resource will be considered invalid. All submissions to deviantART must comply with our submissions and copyright policy

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
deviantART Submission Policy
deviantART Copyright Policy

What happens to Invalid Stock and Resources?
First we will look to see if the deviation would be better suited to a different gallery or a deviants scraps, if that is the case than it will be moved. If we need take further action then we will request that the deviant provides proof of permission to submit. Once we have requested proof of permission, the artwork will be suspended from public view for 30 days, during this period the deviant can lift the suspension by providing the necessary proof. For repeat offenses or large scale infringement other administrative actions may be applied, this may include immediate deviation deletion or account suspensions. The falsification of submission proof is met with zero tolerance and will result in immediate removal of the image as well as a suspension or indefinite ban on the account.

FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?

Stock and Resource use on deviantART:

What can I use in my submissions?
You can only use images in your submissions which you have permission to use. This is either works created entirely through your own means, valid stock and resources or images for which you have obtained specific, verifiable written permission to use.

You may also use images that are considered Public Domain in your submissions. Please note however that public domain does not mean anything you can find on the internet. Public Domain images are images which are free from copyright either because the term of copyright has elapsed or copyright was never applied to the artwork. The current term of copyright that deviantART adheres by is the life of the artist and 70 years after their death.

What must I do to make sure that my images are valid for submission?
deviantART requires that you document your source material and encourage you to provide links where possible. We also require that you follow the terms and conditions set by the provider or host website. Most providers and host websites do not allow the redistribution of their stock or the modification of their stock in to other resources, such as application brushes, premade backgrounds or "renders". We will remove any works that violate a stock or resource providers terms and conditions once notified by the provider or their legal agent.

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

My image was deleted but it came from a stock website, why is this?
There are a lot of sites claiming to be valid stock and resource sites, but they are offering materials which they do not have permission to offer. If we receive notice from the copyright holder or their legal agent acting on their behalf then we will honour their copyright and remove any infringing work, even if you thought it was taken from a valid stock and resource site. You should use extra caution when using materials from sites offering famous images or photos of well known people, as these are rarely valid stock. We recommend that you only use recognised stock and resource sites such as,,, or our own stock and resource providers.

What this means for the Stock and Resources Community:

We're going to put some extra energies into clearing up these galleries over the next few weeks. This may involve a simple admin action such as moving your deviation to scraps or a more relevant gallery, or for persistent policy violators, it may involve further administrative action. You may find that you are requested to submit permissions documents, or worst case scenario -- we may have to suspend your account.

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modestgoddess's avatar
I presume this note means that my deviation was moved to Scraps because DA doesn't believe it was all my own work? I made that texture completely from scratch using GIMP, and I find the implication that it wasn't somewhat offensive. How exactly does DA determine whether a deviation is the artist's own work or "may contain copyrighted material"? I certainly don't recall copyrighting it. o_0

Relocated 1 Deviation(s)
from devart
to modestgoddess
We have moved 1 of your deviations from "Resources & Stock Images > Textures > Other" to "Scraps".

The administrator also said the following:
Upon review it has been determined this deviation was improperly placed.
In accordance with our policies it has been moved your Scrapbook area as this image may contain copyrighted material.
For more information please read the Stock and Resources Policy Clarification and FAQ FAQ #809: What are DeviantArt's stock image guidelines?

If you feel that this action was made in error please contact deviantART customer service and file a "Policy Inquiry"…

The reason this may have happened can be read in FAQ: Why was my deviation moved?

Moved Deviation: [MG] Hair Texture USA

This is an automatically generated note and replies will be lost. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Help Desk.
MonkeyRebel117's avatar
So I like to make wallpapers using characters from video games using 3D models. When I upload them do I upload them to SCRAPS then? I'm kinda new here so I was just uploading the Wallpapers I rendered to the 3D model category. Which I was later given a message from the staff that they were moved to SCRAPS. I don't want to violate any more polices by accident. Thanks for taking the time to read this message and I would be happy if someone could give me a direct answer to the question. 
OhMyLittleWorld's avatar
What are they moving everything from my gallery? even my tutorials that are made by me! i don't freaking understan this! this is getting annoying, seriosly.
MythosPictures's avatar
I made the lens flares I posted, I don't get why this should be taken upon as a copyright since i used After effects to create such a pack.
TatsuyaSan's avatar
Sorry , but I'm note in the render info. I'm rendering that image but not my own and note a credit in the info box. Please read all render in my gallery.
MadaraBrek's avatar
Sorry but I get a note saying that this psd has
copyright but the design is mine, only the design materials
I gave credit for that

We have moved 1 of your deviations from "Resources & Stock Images > Tutorials > Digital Art > Drawing & Painting > Photoshop" to "Scraps".

The administrator also said the following:
Upon review it has been determined this deviation was improperly placed.
In accordance with our policies it has been moved your Scrapbook area as this image may contain copyrighted material.
For more information please read the Stock and Resources Policy Clarification and FAQFAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

If you feel that this action was made in error please contact deviantART customer service and file a "Policy Inquiry"…

The reason this may have happened can be read in FAQ: Why was my deviation moved?

Moved Deviation: Venom Spider PSD

This is an automatically generated note and replies will be lost. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the help desk

Thank you.
dxd's avatar
Giving credit doesn't necessarily mean that you are permitted to offer an image as stock if you're not the sole copyright holder. In general you may not use images as resources unless they were created solely through your own effort or are copyright free.
MadaraBrek's avatar
Well but my account in no danger?
dxd's avatar
If we receive a DMCA notice from someone claiming that you are using their work then we have to follow up on that, it would depend on your actions as to whether we just remove the copyright infringement or whether we have to suspend your account.
MadaraBrek's avatar
Ok, and remove the frame I render tbm copyright
MyLifeIsBeautiful's avatar
me mandaste  una nota  diciendo que yo no habia robado unos vectores 
pero en realidad los hice yo ! disculpa si molesto eso masomenos fue lo que entendi :/

la nota:
Hemos pasado 1 de sus desviaciones de "Recursos y Stock Images> Recursos Vector" a " Recortes . " El administrador también dijo lo siguiente: . Luego de la revisión que se ha determinado esta desviación se coloca incorrectamente De acuerdo con nuestras políticas se ha movido su área Scrapbook como imágenes de las celebridades no son permitidos en el sitio como acciones y recursos. Para obtener más información, por favor lea el archivo y Recursos Política Aclaración y FAQ FAQ # 809: ¿Cuáles son las directrices Imagenes almacenadas de deviantART? Si usted cree que esta acción se hizo en error, por favor póngase en contacto con el servicio al cliente deviantART y presentar una "Consulta Política" / contacto / c ...? La razón de que esto pudo haber sucedido se puede leer en FAQ: ¿Por qué se ha llevado mi desviación? Desviación MOVIDO: Personalizadas + FORMAS (onditas ) Se trata de una nota se genera automáticamente y se perderá las respuestas.Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con el servicio de asistencia Gracias.
Ruby244's avatar
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Sora1232's avatar
waite i can't understand Waaaah! 
ArtML30's avatar
Because I remove the wings of angel? HELP! PLEASE!!! 

This notice is to inform you that we have received one or more formal copyright complaints against content you have posted. These complaints are "DMCA takedown notices" under section 512 of the United States Copyright Act and we are therefore required to remove the content from You can read more about the effect of these notices in our FAQ

Title: Wings Angel PSD-PNG
Submitted: 2012-10-29 9:23:33 am

The following additional information was provided by the copyright owner who lodged the takedown notice: 
Claim of infringement filed by ~AlzirrSwanheartStock

For further information, please review the deviantART Copyright Policy

If you believe this takedown was in error, and that you hold all necessary rights to post this material, please review this information on how to file a DMCA counter-notification. 

Please note: Three strikes involving claims against you with respect to copyright infringement will result in an indefinite ban on your account and will block all of your content from being viewed by others. Please immediately check your gallery and remove any deviations that contain materials you do not hold the necessary rights to post. 

A copy of this notification has been sent to the email associated with your deviantART account. 

Thank you, 
deviantART Staff
dxd's avatar
You need to contact the helpdesk as mentioned in the note.…
ArtML30's avatar
No se, No ... Gracias!
ibjennyjenny's avatar
So nice to hear that DA is taking care of this issue. Along with being a copyright violation its difficult to be taken as a serious resource provider when every other deviation has Selena, Miley or Demi's face on them... though it did make things easier when it came to sorting through them, I would just keep scrolling right passed them. LOL

Thanks for everything.
ABurlacu's avatar
You might need to know that, when someone possesses the _original_ work of art, an oil painting perhaps, or the only recording of a musician, they generally have the right to copy an original they own, especially if the author's works have gone into the public domain, or provided the original artist has not already copyrighted the work. (This is difficult, or not possible, if the artist does not have the original, or is deceased and never copyrighted it, or the work was created before the copyright law.) This was not done with a very high percentage of original art, before sometime in recent decades.... and, according to any reasonable person's, or a lawyers, reading of US 17 202 the copyright to a never-copyrighted work, or where the copyright was never explicitly conveyed, is in the public domain. Perhaps you can throw some citations out to clarify your position . There may be none, since I have already checked Lexis, Westlaw, Google Scholar, and Pacer re this section of the code. (I have a professional interest, and a need to know BTW)
4hellcat's avatar
How do I prove that I made the pictures?
I'm not marked the photo,
Now 2-3-4 people claims that you his photo
their name on it in the photo and
up do other side ex: facebook, flickr, etc.
this experiencing many others work
please help How do I prove that I made the pictures?
jaded-ink's avatar
i'm sorry if its already been covered, but what about valid stock from flickr?

there are amazing amounts of CC images available there, which i've used plenty in the past.
BKennedy-Photography's avatar
I hope you're still responding to comments on this journal!
I was wondering about public domain being offered as stock. It seems to me that a deviantART stock provider should not take photos from the Public Domain, upload them to their stock account and then place strict rules on the usage thereof. What is dA's view/policy on that issue?
dxd's avatar
Images that are actually public domain, that is free of copyright due to copyright expiring or being offered free of copyright can be submitted as stock. If there is no license attached to an image then there is no basis for us to refuse to allow it on deviantART.

But it's important to note that public domain means images that are free of copyright, not images found on search engines etc.
BKennedy-Photography's avatar
From what I can gather this stock provider is taking photos from the Library of Congress's website and re-uploading them here.
dxd's avatar
Images from there may or may not violate copyright and would have to be checked on an individual basis. You should report them via the report deviation tool. :)
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