If DeviantArt asked
Do you want to share this art?
on every submission, you'd probably frown as you clicked yes. Complaints on the feature would probably outnumber those over the removal of the webcams.
But the site actually does ask you that every time you submit something.
In order to explain, I'm first going to provide you a link to spyed's article on this matter.
"Well, this is great! This will help keep my art from being stolen!"
Actually, no. spyed explains quite well in that journal article why precisely it isn't the best idea to discourage sharing.
But I can understand why some people want to hide their deviations, and why they want to restrict them to those logged in to DeviantArt. With that in mind, because I know there are many people who do want to use this feature, and newer members may not be aware that it exists, I'm going to show you how to do this, both on new uploads and en masse on pieces already in your gallery.
Note: Since journals are now counted as deviations, they are also going to be eligible for this feature. So if you post a journal that you only want logged in members of DeviantArt to see, you can certainly use this feature for that.
First, let's look at how to do this with a newly submitted piece.
You've uploaded your file, typed your description, added your tags, chosen your category, and you're ready to submit. Rather than clicking the submit button in the upper right, keep scrolling down a bit. You'll see a section that says "Options". Under that are two white buttons that hide drop down menus. "Gallery and Group options" allows you to choose where the piece appears within your gallery as well as immediately submitting it to groups that you administrate.
The one we want to look at for the purposes of hiding the deviation's share buttons is "Publishing options"
You have a few choices here, including whether you want to retain full copyright or assign creative commons. But the one which is of interest to us at the moment is "Sharing". This white button is a drop down menu. Its default setting is "Show share buttons", but there are two other options available there.
If you're going to hide the share buttons on your deviations, you might consider enabling the "Hide and require login to view" feature. Whether you do or not, you do have the option (if you scroll down a bit further) to remember the settings you choose so that any new uploads will default to the license and sharing settings that you've selected.
But what if I want to change this on older uploads now that I know it's there?
In order to be able to do this en masse (because no one wants to go through one hundred pieces to make this change), hover your mouse over the "Submit" button at the top bar next to your messaging center. You'll see the greyed out box and words "Manage Deviations". Click that (direct link: www.deviantart.com/managedevia…) and you'll see a screen of your deviations, similar to this:
As you can see in that image, all of the deviations listed on that page of my catalog of postings have share enabled. If you want to change this on all of your deviations, click "All".
If you only want a few, then select the ones you want to change.
Important: Changes must be made per page, so follow all of the steps below for each page before you move to the next.The drop down menu above the "All, None, Inverse" options holds the actions that you can change from this window. Options for comments and advanced critiques are included in the short list from that drop down. (There are more options available by clicking "More actions..." should you need to access them.) Just below those options you will see the "Sharing" options.
Once you've chosen "Members Only and Discourage Sharing" and accepted the change via the pop-up window, the screen will refresh and you will see the symbol has changed:
Now you know how to hide the share buttons on your works. By choosing the "members only" option, those who aren't logged in will see a screen like this one:
You can see this directly if you are logged out (unless the user changes it ) in this literature feature.
Please take note:
As spyed explained in his journal, hiding the buttons doesn't stop people from sharing the work on other sites via URL. And while the requirement to login in order to view the piece works on DeviantArt, once the link is shared on another site, the image (and description) are shared as well:
So please do bear that in mind when pondering the use of this option.
If you're concerned about issues regarding stolen content here on DA, you may find the following links of interest: