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Dear raiders,
as you already know, we care a lot about not having double standards and try hard coming up with rules that would respect and satisfy our members' artistic spirit and at the same time not disrespect deviantArt as a community.

The copyright issue is exactly that – a pretty big issue. In deviantArt's rules and guidelines you will read that copyrighted images (such as celebrity photos, screenshots from movies and games, official game covers, etc.) are NOT a valid stock for photomanipulating. We actually agree on that, since every artist would have a problem with people using their work without permission or without giving credit. But it's pretty much impossible for you to ask permission to use, let's say, Lara's official released images for your photomanipulations, hence the rule you can't use them.

However, since this rule is in a way a little bit absurd, we have decided to write a disclaimer about exceptions that can and will be made. We will from now on start accepting photomanipulations which may contain copyrighted material BUT the standards for those will be very strict. We can't write a universal rule about how they will be chosen because every deviation is very different, and when it comes to an issue like this not everything is black and white – there are a lot of grey areas and loopholes on which you'll have to trust us to make the right decision, so we would appreciate it if you weren't to ask us why your deviation was declined (although we always give you feedback when that happens).

So, the exceptions may be done on works that use copyrighted material BUT in a way that the artist has created something completely new and original out of it. Exceptions will NOT be made in case you added a few changes on already existing copyrighted artwork/screenshots/released images, etc., in other words if the copyrighted material remains dominant on your entire work.

Example of work that can be accepted:



Example of work which cannot be accepted:



Also, we would like you not to think that this has anything to do with favoritism – we will be objective when it comes to choosing the deviations.

Thanks for reading, and for understanding! :heart:

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Skin by JAMsEye and Inna-Vjuzhanina
Special thanks to marioluevanos
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Would I be pushing my luck sumitting this? fav.me/d6vyunl
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for reading this and commenting before submitting :heart: But unfortunately, yes. These are 2 official images pasted on a background and we've always been declining such artwork. Basically we decline all art which contains copyrighted material because it almost never happens that the official material is just a tool in creating something new entirely, it's almost always the base of an artwork. And that's unacceptable, sorry for the inconvenience :heart:
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Digital Artist
No probs - suspected as much!
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ilovesilenthill Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh! lol, i will try to remember this! my bad ^^
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POWERDEVIANT Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Artist
the 1 i Just post i want to use that skin but i cant find it and i like it that's why i want 2 use it
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POWERDEVIANT Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Artist
can i use the Tomb Raider skin i like it
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
which tomb raider skin? technically, all your questions (for all you members i mean) regarding any sort of copyrighted material on deviantArt in general - the answer is no, you can't use it.

we're kind of breaking the rules a lil' bit here, so we made exceptions - so we'll see where this takes us in future. i can't tell you in advance if your piece will get accepted - read the rule we made about those exceptions and try to come up with something original, of your own when using something already existing. if you don't, we'll have to decline it =P
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JennCroft Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Are we allowed to use the Tomb Raider logos?
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, i think that's acceptable :D i mean we made exceptions anyways, broke the rules :XD: so why not use a logo, i don't think that's a big deal =P why do you ask, i thought you left :XD: or do you mean in general? because despite this dA rule about copyright infringement, many many people upload completely forbidden stuff (like literally just downloading an image from the net and putting it on dA) and no actions are taken unless someone reports them (that would be me, because i hate attention whores who should be uploading that to photobucket instead of deviantART :icontrollfaceplz: ), but other than that i don't think anyone would be such an arse to report you because of a logo :lmao: when it comes to the entire copyright issue i think deviantArt has that rule in case someone objects, so they have it written and no one can touch them. =P
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BubbleCloud Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, you did great clearing up this issue, a lot of artists use work they shouldn't... :|
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you agree, but do you think it's fair that we accept awesome artwork which may be using copyrighted material but in a way that they created something completely new and original? because that's the decision we finally made, to make rare exceptions not to lose awesome art over such a rule, although i admit i was personally against any kind of copyrighted artwork whatsoever.
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BubbleCloud Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I think it's fair enough.
It's completely different to just use a copyrighted image as a background,
than use it and make a new piece of some great art! :aww:
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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BubbleCloud Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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MotherofDragons Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rock On! =D
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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IllusionIuseD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm confused.

If I create a picture of Lara using dozens of celebirity pictures*, does it count as copyrighted material?

*like using legs from one and eyes from another etc
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Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All celebrity pictures are considered copyrighted material. The thing is, we decided to slip some of those photomanips through in case they have a great concept and if the copyrighted material doesn't prevail over your own idea.
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