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This is probably just one of many examples of how naive I am, and how foolish I have been.
Like many people on the internet, I don't always read the Terms of Service when signing up for websites, and I didn't do it much when making my DeviantArt account years ago. Due to issues with Tumblr's new guidelines against nsfw content, even artists who post innocent work are at risk of having their posts flagged, thanks to a faulty algorithm. As a result, I decided to properly read the submission agreement on DA rather than just skimming through it like an idiot.www.deviantart.com/submit/agre…
I read through the entire thing and decided I'm never posting my art or writing to DeviantArt ever again. By posting to DA creators are giving them a "worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license" to do the following:
post them on their website and edit them in any way they see fit;
(b) publish your art in any media, use it to showcase their website or even promote certain groups without your knowledge;
(c) modify, adapt, change or otherwise alter the Artist Materials (e.g., change the size) and use the Artist Materials as described in Section 3(b);
(d) edit, change, or otherwise modify your artwork in any way they want, as well as sublicensing it to third parties, such as Hot Topic;
(e) By posting on FA, you forfeit your right to dispute any third party profits or copyright infringements upon your art;
(f) DeviantArt can use your art to advertise anything they want;
(g) ANYTHING you submit to DeviantArt belongs to DeviantArt now. Including your drawings, your photos, videos, your stock materials, your music/audio, your written stories, and your artist name.
I truly feel stupid for not having read this thoroughly before. Or maybe I did, but when I joined I was 14. I wouldn't have fully understood the terms with the way the original document is phrased.
I know I'm a small artist, but I do take my work seriously and feel highly uncomfortable with DeviantArt selling my work without my knowledge and without having to give me anything in return. In the next week I'm planning to delete my entire gallery.