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I honestly suggest you do too. Take a gander at this. Even if my art has personally never been sold to a third party (which I have no way of knowing about), I can't support a website that does that. Real fuckin shame. I haven't uploaded here in a while, but I've been active over on tumblr and twitter so hmu in either of those places if you'd like to keep up with me. Ciao babes!
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shrodu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad to see you go.

If you want to keep in touch, my Skype is shadowoftheshadows. My Steam is Shrodu.

Hope your future endeavors go well. *hugs*
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Elmithian Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
I went and researched this a while back. We have had clarifications and the team behind Deviantart have explained their side of things, and I have also checked artist's right and... well they are right. They haven't and won't sell artist's art or idea to outside sources. I have checked and found no proof any such action that was condoned by deviantart. 

Heck, think about it. Why would the do something like that that would be PR nightmare and could easily kill their site if people found out, just for handful of possible bucks that will then have to be wasted when some of the hugest artist sue them? I don't think that is really that bright. 

That post is from 2014 even if it looks like it is recent. Someone that just noticed this must have thought this had been forgotten, and without doing a bit more research, rekindled a fire that had already been calmed down to controllable levels.

This term of service is to allow them feature your art as you post it (there is a reason why you can set your art on private) on the front pages, make it searchable, feature it as a daily deviation and so forth. Without that clause an artist would be in the right to prosecute them for art stealing, even if it was still on their site.

This alarming phrasing in the clauses is due to outdated laws in the real world (USA and elsewhere really) being unable to keep up with volatility and the uniqueness of what the internet is. This is the same reason why youtube is struggling to find a way to both please companies and their artists. 

Thankfully painted art is protected under relatively strong laws and even under the terms of service clause the artist retains the right to sell and keep the art... though deviantart has legal right to show it around so long as they don't ask money for it.

I hope this clarifies things. =D
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manacats Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That post is actually not true, this might clear some things up: fav.me/d7gwq4q
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DarkAngel1024 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
This is why I never posted any of my character bios here

Yeah, while I'm not an artist per se, I have created several characters. Some created from adopts that I've purchased, some that I created and adopted designs for, and some that I created and commissioned artists to help me design. Point is, I have a lot of characters that I've given origins & personalities to.

Not sure that it's the same thing, or that it's even possible, but I don't want to risk hearing about some professional "creating" a blue-skinned, water-bending alien mermaid ^^;
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