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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:



A look at the "show share buttons" drop down and how it works, including the site CEO's explanation of the feature from 2009.

Written for projecteducate's Community Week.
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Laegume-Kiwi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this. :'> I always made the option where as people can't share my stuff, but also reading this journal and the other, I now understand how that can affect my art. 

Now I'm just wondering about the last option- "Hide and require login to view", if I do that, once someone logs in, won't they still be able to share my artwork?? 
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Bombardier0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, I really like the deviantart's policy. Even though there are stealings, it is a huge platform and has to balance between liberty and copyrighting.

But I have a question:
I did a page to display ASCII pixel arts, they are stored in js functions and are extremely easy to steal by anyone.

I would then like to know if we could disable users from seeing the code and copy pasting the text.
I know it is rough but I really don't want to see the pixel arts I made on some other tumblr page without quoting me.

thanks a lot
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SiberianSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I have "hide and require login to view" set because it stops the Google Images crawler from archiving my photos into Google Images.
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Andorada Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work, Rogue! :clap: (As always :heart:)
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015   Writer
:huggle: Thanks, hun!
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Andorada Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle:
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
This is wonderful! I always leave my share buttons enabled because I figure it people are going to post my stuff in other places, they can damn well post it with the context I've given it :D
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Writer
I'm glad you found it informative - and I agree completely! ;)
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JACAC Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
v e r y . i n t e r e s t i n g
t h a n k . y o u . =)
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Writer
You're welcome. :) I'm glad you found it informative.
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JACAC Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
f o r . s u r e . i s . =)
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UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Digital Artist
Interesting article, I could add that same thing is with "download" option; even if you unbox it, you can still easily download it by right-click. Nothing will make the deviations safe from stealing... :P
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Writer
Thanks! You're very correct, to which many say that DA should disable right-click functionality. However, doing so only restricts the abilities of lazy thieves who don't know how to turn off CSS in their browser or don't care to go through the steps to do so. The same is true for written pieces as there are a few users who insist that spyed should implement no-copy. It's a false comfort; FFN implemented it and still thieves will take written works from that site and post them on others. Wattpad has had it implemented for a while and the same is true.

As you say, there isn't really a fool-proof way to keep someone from stealing it, but there has been mention of the site implementing a feature to aid in registering works for proof of authorship
Build a Visual Art Registry with partners to track work throughout the Web and establish clear proof of authorship and ownership
 - via Some perspective on 'core membership' by DamaiMikaz
for those who have a CORE membership. (I mentioned in a comment that I'm not seeing the same benefits listed, but apparently others do see it listed there...) At any rate, that would be a feature I think many would get behind as it sounds as though it could help to prevent "art theft" (copyright infringement) and give users some protection for their works. I do admit some concern that it only mentions visual art, because that means the bulk of my gallery won't qualify... but it would still be a great step.

Though I will say this about the download button: unchecking the box means that they can only steal the resolution of the image you have showing. They aren't going to get the original image size and properties. So that does help with respect to that at least, as there are several artists who will create images in a huge resolution, but their display size is 600 px wide. Sometimes they allow download for 10 :points: (if they're CORE) so they at least know when someone's downloaded their work, which allows viewers to see the better image. But usually when I see that, there's no premium content option, it's just the tiny picture you get to see.
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UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015   Digital Artist
People will always find a way, when the right-click will be disabled, some may be so eager to steal it, they will make print screens and marge them in one image in photoshop or something :B

Nothing in defense of thieves. Except watermarks, but it can be easily removed if the stealer knows how to use Stamp tool in Photoshop :P
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015   Writer
So sad, but it is true what you say. The only defense we have is vigilance in protecting our work, which depending on the body of work you produce, can be difficult and time consuming. Unfortunately, too many people put stock into those false deterrents. Perhaps some day, they'll realize it's not as cut and dried as they perceive it to be.
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome :la: Thank you for putting this together.
I say share :eager:
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you found it informative. :) I support the share buttons, but when I first posted pictures here I didn't really understand how that worked. So I hope that by showing what it does and doesn't do, deviants will get a better idea of what the feature actually is because it's not, I don't think, what they presume it is.

Now that I know what it is, I'm in favor of the share buttons and they're becoming standard on every site as well. They're an easy way for people to spread a link to your work with credit, so they help increase popularity which many on the site claim is hard to achieve.

In the literature community I think this is understood because of features deviants may have become accustomed to on other sites. Both AO3 and Quotev allow you to hide the material you upload from Google searches. While this may seem like a good idea, it harms the writer as well, because if the work is stolen and posted to another site, then unless you're familiar with the original and where to find it, the person posting it is going to get the credit. I can appreciate the use of that function for things that you might not want your employer finding associated with your name if they did a Google search, but then I've never understood posting content you might think others would find questionable where it would be associated with your real name anyway....

Still, I'm glad that the article was useful for you! :heart:
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Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You are absolutely right :hug:
I mean if you are on a website like DeviantArt and the point of it is to share your art with the world, why not able the option and have the possibility to gain more exposure.
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Writer
Definitely! :glomp:
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