I just have to go on a little rant. As an independent artist with so many other artist's in the world it's not exactly easy. One thing I love about deviantART because it's really the only art community I've found online besides flickr(for my photography) where i know my art will be respected. I absolutely hate how now alot of art is being stolen to be used by foreign companies to sell and by ppl who have no originality or ideas on their own. As independent artists we have to stick together and make ppl aware we aren't going to play that game. It's hard to find every instance where someone steals but, if they do please make them pay. Send them a cease and desist and if they don't sue their thieving pants off. With that said, anything i put online i would love for other artists to use as inspiration and create something new based off my ideas. That's what art is for, inspiration. But, under no circumstance should anyone take other people's art and use it for monetary gain without their permission. Period.