Please do not download and alter any of my gallery images in any way, for any reason. I'm not sure why some of you think it's okay to do so without permission, but it's happening extremely frequently. I added a disclaimer to my profile that addresses this issue, but that doesn't seem to be making a difference. If I see that anyone has altered and reposted an image, or simply downloaded an image/reposted and removed credits, I will ask once for them to take it down, and then I will report them to the copyright holder/photographer & DA site admins, which will result in removal of the image. If I see that images have been used elsewhere, outside of DA, without asking, I will report this to the photographer who the image belongs to, and they will take action. Re-blogging images on Tumblr etc is okay (without asking) as long as the image has not been altered in any way, and all of the artist credits are included in the caption (or a link back to the original image where all credits are posted). Using images for drawing/painting reference is also okay.
I do not hold the copyright to any of my images, the photographers do. Anyone wishing to alter their work legally needs their permission to do so, not mine. For those of you who are thinking of asking any of the photographers I've worked with if you can use their work, I'll save you the trouble and tell you that every single one of them will answer NO. And I don't blame them. Photographers/artists put a lot of time and effort into making images look exactly the way they want, and each piece is an original work of art. Please be respectful, and do not alter/steal the work of others. Make your own original art, or use stock photography that was created for the purpose of letting others alter/use it.
It's illegal to steal the work of others, or alter it and call it your own. It's a serious issue, and DA has an especially bad reputation for image theft. Some talented artists refuse to join this site because of this very problem. Let's all work together and change that! We're supposed to be a community of artists, and art enthusiasts that support each other, not a community of thieves that show disrespect for fellow community members by stealing and altering work without asking.
For those of you who are still unconvinced that it's wrong/illegal to alter the work of others without permission, please read the DA policy as it pertains to copyright law here: about.deviantart.com/policy/co…
I hate having to post stuff like this, but the image theft has gotten out of control. Thank you all for your attention to this, and thanks to those of you who always credit, and never steal. I appreciate you guys!