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All stock on this account, unless stated otherwise by us on the work itself (or unless this message is updated by us to say otherwise), is made available under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license (full legal text is available here creativecommons.org/licenses/b… ), with the following altercations:
- Works that used this stock as references, which are original content and not copies of these stock images, can be distributed commercially, without attribution, and without the 'share-alike' restrictions, even if they would otherwise fall under the definition of being an "Adaptation" as per the license.*
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- No adaptation works from these stock images that a reasonable person would agree could be called a 'base' (i.e. drawings/images of generic humanoids without significant distinguishing features) may be produced.

Attribution is to be done in the following manner:
- The url to the specific deviation(s) of the stock used is to be written.
- The attribution is to be in a notice clearly visible next to the adaptation or work (if used in a collection), in a way that is obviously in-association with the adaptation/work - if space constraints prohibit placing the full attribution next to the adaptation/work, you may use a small reference to some other location that is going to be freely available and equally accessible to everyone viewing the adaptation/work, as the adaptation/work itself. (For deviantArt, artist comments will typically be sufficient to fulfill this condition, so long as the attribution is made in clearly legible font, no smaller than the default text size [the text size that would be produced for text with no size-altering formatting done to it].)
- The attribution must not be placed in the middle or end of other text in such a way that a reasonable person would think that most people are likely to miss it. This criteria includes, but isn't limited to, the fact that you must have a good faith belief that the typical viewers of your art aren't likely to "tl;dr" your description before reaching the attribution.

If you have any questions, or wish to request any exceptions to these criteria, feel free to contact us.

*If the work:
A. Only used the stock as a general/loose reference
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B. Is otherwise entirely original
(That is to say, the stock was used to understand how the body might move or operate in a given position/motion, but the actual work was made without copying, tracing, or otherwise replicating or attempting to replicate a part of the stock, even if it's in a different style)
Then:
A. The resulting work can be distributed commercially (sold, etc)
B. Attribution is not necessary.

The intent behind that clause is more or less to allow people who produce essentially entirely original work, who just needed a general reference on some body position/shape, to distribute their work as they normally would without having to give attribution or miss out on potential sales on a technicality.

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Namidagawa Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your hard work and thoughtful rules!
If I even manage to understand how to draw hands and feet eventually, it will be in good parts thanks to you! ^^;
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crlvr Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, some very impressive stock images :) Very much appreciated, thank you, and will of course credit and link back to you with stock images used. I'm a huge fan of the shrunken men fantasy with ladies, and you have some great poses for this scenario.:thumbsup:
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EvilFujoshiChan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know any male stocks on DA that allow commercial use for altered pics?
I'm in need of a commercial use stock for references.
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cecentre Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Can you clarify what you mean by "The url to the specific deviation(s) of the stock used is to be written"? Sorry I'm not native English speaker so I don't really understand this. Thank you so much!
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
Paste the link(s) to the deviation of the stock(s) you use :)
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:iconrazei-kun:
Razei-kun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fairest rules i ever seen, you got a new Watcher :3
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MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
:highfive:
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pantyslime Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing an album cover project in class, so the files will only be digital, no print, and it's not for sale, just a grade. I was wondering if I could photoshop out background and use the photos in the actual image? I'm looking for hands in particular, not faces or bodies, so it's not referencing, it's actually using the image in the word. Would that be okay?
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Sincerest apologies for the extremely delayed reply, a response which is by now probably irrelevant for you, but we wanted to reply regardless: Using our stock for school work is just fine :) If there is a place to give credit/attribution, we would appreciate it, but if not, that's okay. However, if otherwise shown to the public (uploaded online), then we would require attribution for any direct use of the photos (ie photomanipulation).
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pantyslime Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhhh okay excellent! this is quite old but that's still helpful considering i did upload it to my portfolio! i'll be sure to credit you!
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megaener Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Fair rules. You've got yourself a watcher.
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Stasica12 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would it be alright if i use this stock for a cover of my book in wattpad?
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
If you go by just the default "attribution, non-commercial, share-alike" CC licence our stock is under, the answer would be yes only if these three things were true:
1. You gave credit for the stock by linking to that stock (for example in the description of the book or in the book itself) ("attribution")
2. You weren't trying/hoping/intending to make a profit from the book sales ("non-commercial")
3. Your book, or at least just the cover itself, was offered for everyone else to use under these same terms ("share-alike")

However, we do often make exceptions for people. The biggest exception is made for people who simply use the stock for anatomy reference, and don't just trace or photo-manip the stock - so if that's how you used our stock (you simply drew hands while occasionally looking at the stock, rather than tracing over it), then none of the above three points apply to you.

But if you do trace and/or photo-manip our stock images, then talk to us in more detail about what you're trying to do: if you explain your situation to us we may give you a more limited exception for your use of our stock specifically (for example, we may be willing to waive the "non-commercial" and/or "share-alike" clauses, depending on what the book you're doing is, how much you're expecting to be able to make off of it, etc).
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AnguineAffinity Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering about this. I was planing on useing some of your poses to make anthro YCH (Your character here) auctions. I've done with with some of SenshiStock's poses, and I mainly just use them to get the basic pose, as I have to change the head/leg/hand/arm shapes, so I was wondering if that's okay to do with yours as well?
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
That's just fine, thanks for asking ^^
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tj4447 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
so these terms apply to all that have intentions of publicly sharing or publishing their work? do they still apply to individuals who have no intentions of sharing their work?
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CrowDreamer Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
I plan to use your images as reference for my original drawings or watercolors. I have read the rules and agree.
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dysfvnctional Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Would you mind if I used your stock as a ref for pinups of my anthro/were characters with a mature theme, please? I will always give credit (never failed once), and link you back as my OC art isn't usually uploaded on dA, but weasyl <3
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MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Model reply: Yeah that's absolutely fine. Honestly, if you're worried about the work used as a reference being mature, that's not something you need to be concerned about. We're absolutely fine with such things.
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dysfvnctional Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
You are all fantastic, thank you <3
I just know a lot of people can be touchy with such things.
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charmedlyon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
So, if I want to use one of the poses, for a drawing of an OC, not to be sold or commercially used, I'd just have to credit the pose to the original image on your page, placing a link to it on my artist comment?
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
If it's an original drawing using our stock as reference, you may sell your work/use your work commercially and it's not required to give credit back to us.
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:iconcharmedlyon:
charmedlyon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
basically, I'm planning to re-draw this image: charmedlyon.deviantart.com/art… and I love the staff poses in your stock gallery. I'm the kinda person that would place a link back to that pose reference image anyway.
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
To simplify our response: Yes, that's fine, and you don't even have to reference back to us for what you're doing, but it would of course be appreciated. :)
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charmedlyon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
awesome
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KaosMarker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
understood I shall follow these rules to the high point
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thank you c:
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Happyangryman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I were to draw a couple of hands or feet from your stocks without tracing it and I upload that to a forum would I then need to link back to your deviantpage? Prolly will credit you guys anyways but I'm just curious how this works. 
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Thank you for asking. You're welcome to link back here if you want but it's not required for original drawings made using our stock as reference :)
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Terra-of-the-Forest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
I used one of your stock images as a reference for a drawing of mine, and I wanted to make sure I credited your page correctly.

Is this ok?

If not, can you please explain to me what I need to change?
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Hey there, sorry for the delayed reply. That's just fine, thank you for letting us know :)
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:iconterra-of-the-forest:
Terra-of-the-Forest Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Oh, it's no trouble.  And you're welcome. :)
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:iconthetreesofthefield:
TheTreesOfTheField Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good day! I'm actually using one of your stock images for a portfolio piece involving feet. I'm not gaining any monetary profit whatsoever, I just needed a pair of male feet to reference. :) 
I hope it's alright that I utilize your stock, and thank you for producing great content. 
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
That's perfectly fine :) Best of luck with your portfolio!
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greenytijana Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna use a hand stock image for a reference sheet. And I don't know what to write to credit You people. I'm kind of new to the DeviantArt community so I still don't know what exactly is tracing and etc.
I just.. put the hand stock and then outlined it on a different layer and then colored it. So yeah. I don't know what to type to credit You.
I don't really understand the rules. Please excuse me for this- English is not my mother tongue and I struggle with reading in the language. Is is ok to send you the link to my deviation once I'm done and then You could tell me what I should change? If the need occurs of course.
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Basically, yes, what you describe is definitely tracing. Also, because you said that this is going to be a reference sheet that you'll be uploading, you enter specific territory that we might be very strict with our terms on, depending on what exactly you mean by reference sheet. (We are very cautious here because if it's going to end up being what is typically called "bases", we're not too fond of our work being traced into those because typically those get used for reference by even more people and those people only credit the person they got the base from, not the original source on which that base is referenced.)

So we can't give you a final answer until we've seen the picture exactly (you can upload it privately at first and show it to us, in case there are any changes to be made, but that's up to you). That said, without spending too much time on the possible scenarios, here's basically what you can do to make sure your work complies:

1. Mention us in or next to the reference sheet, like: "This work is based on the stock pictures copyright by MostlyGuyStock" (and add a link/URL to each work used).
2. Make the work available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 licence. (This basically means that you have to be okay with your work being used the same way we let our stock get used.)

You can probably google for "Create Commons" license explanations or translations in whatever language you understand better. That will probably help you a lot.

We're actually not 100% strict with how we apply our license. A lot of the people who don't technically qualify for our exception to the license don't follow the rules to the letter, and we let it slide because we're just so nice, but if want to make a reference sheet and want to play it safe, meeting the above requirements is the surest bet.
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greenytijana Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
By reference sheet I mean I will draw one of my characters on it. I wasn't gonna do any bases. :)
Thank you for clearing that up to me. I will send the sta.sh link to the picture once I'm done so You could tell me if I need to change anything.
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ChibiBug Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Does a bold font reference after a shot line of text count as a violation? Is it a violate if the reference is a separate line of text under a short description with a space between? Should the ref come first?
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
If we are understanding you correctly, then no, neither of those things are violations. It's perfectly fine to have a description or some other material between the reference(s) and the picture(s) used, so long as it is easy to understand that the reference goes with the picture.
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ChibiBug Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Okay. Thank you!
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WhiteWolfArtist Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Well I'm not looking to use any of this to make any profit. I'm looking for good male referance pictures to use on my work on my college portfolio. I hope htat you'l allow me to use them. I migh tnot even end up using any but i'm looking to get your permission first before i do. If i do i will be saving whatever pictures i use to my computer soley so that i'll be able to access them wiht more ease. If you're not okay wiht that. I'll respect that and just find otehr stock footage.
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
That's perfectly fine :) Good luck with your portfolio! 
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:iconwhitewolfartist:
WhiteWolfArtist Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks a ton!
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
:hug:
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WhiteWolfArtist Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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PeaceMakerSama Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I read it all including the comments. LOL
yet, I am here to request persmission if I use one of your stocks as pose reference.

Here are my works: [link] / [link] / [link]


Best regards! :)
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Better safe than sorry, huh? You are more than welcome to use our work as reference :)
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:iconpeacemakersama:
PeaceMakerSama Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! It's always better to ask before using any reference.

Thank you! :)
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:iconmostlyguystock:
MostlyGuyStock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Very true :)

No problem :hug:
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professoroak Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to ask for my own curiosity (maybe the answer will help others too *shrug*); I usually use stock as a base to trace the outline, but modify my outlines/pictures for the characters I'm working on. I usually give credit to the stockowner's deviantart account/site when I do (unless for some freaky reason, I can't find the site/account anymore). Is that okay to do, or is it not advisable with the stock images here?

Examples of how I post the images (with credit); [link] [link] [link]
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