Art theft occurs unbelievably often, but even if it happened only once every two hundred years, art theft is absolutely appalling no matter what. The thieves range from immature and stupid to ignorant and stupid, making battling art theft an exhausting and often frustrating task. On DeviantArt or most other art sharing sites, you have the option of simply reporting the stolen art, however that is not the case for other personal or even commercial websites. You might be a DA user, but your art could be distributed in other places too.
Now, it has come to my attention that half the theft occurs not just because people don't give a damn, but because the artist hasn't bothered to properly protect his or her work.
Thankfully we've come quite a ways with Copyrights, but it's also something that a lot of people remain ignorant towards, even the artists themselves. It surprises me time and again how unaware a lot of artists are of the rights to their own work and what they can do to first of a