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What My Gallery Isn't by Caria What My Gallery Isn't by Caria
Much like DeviantART isn't Google or Photobucket, DeviantART isn't a colouring book. If you see someone's shiny lineart either newly uploaded or in their gallery, don't think "hey, that looks nice, I'll colour it!"

It's not your artwork to take and colour.

By all means, if it's in a club that specialises in lineart that is available for others to colour then, with any appropriate credit required by the artist and / or club, colour it. But if it's someone's own, personal gallery, the only thing you will do is annoy them.

If you really, really want to colour some of their work, drop them a note and ask. The worst they could do is say "sorry, I don't let people colour my artwork". But they might say "yes", or "we could collaborate instead".

But simply taking it, colouring it and uploading it again, whether you credit or not? That's theft.

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FAQ #8: What does deviantART consider to be Art Theft?
FAQ #94: Can I use the images I find on deviantART?
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FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?

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I never thought I'd even consider making a stamp for this, but then, I never ever considered that anyone'd actually do this to me! :XD:

Note: I Americanised myself briefly and used 'color' instead of 'colour' because, er, the 'u' stopped the word fitting in the stamp properly.

Feel free to link, thumbnail, or whatever the stamp. :)
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:iconkalto-mate:
Kalto-Mate Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope I never become such a drama queen. This kind of stamps make me barf :)
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:iconimaginarymusiclover:
imaginarymusiclover Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone not wanting their art stolen makes them a drama queen? 
*inhales*
BOI
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:iconkalto-mate:
Kalto-Mate Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. But being so overzealous and prickly about it does.
That's literally why I used the term drama queen.
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:iconsupermariofan65:
SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm using it.
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:iconcaptain-red-feather:
Captain-Red-Feather Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why for the most part I don't upload WIP or linearts. I don't trust the people here NOT to use it, despite my asking they don't.
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:iconmonstermaster13:
monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I have only colored in two images on here and even then...I linked back to the original drawing.
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:iconn-ihiiism:
n-ihiIism Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly, it's theft no matter how you look at it
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:iconmavrickindigo:
Mavrickindigo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I would figure that a trans-formative work based on another work would be considered "Fair Use"
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:iconmizukiyami:
MizukiYami Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
using
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:iconstefanythebat:
stefanythebat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
using!!!1
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:iconvixendafox:
VixenDaFox Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
using
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:iconpassionateduelist:
PassionateDuelist Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
I've seen stuff like this before. I even see really good artists get their pictures taken by some kid and then that kid says "My OC, Do not steal" despite the irony that he's stealing an image from somebody else.
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:icontechounopenki:
TechouNoPenki Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
This is why I don't submit line art. Stupid people don't get it.
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:iconlilybugged:
lilybugged Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh. I don't make linearts, but I would be kind of happy if someone wanted to color them if I did. That's the beauty of art! If you make art for others to view and enjoy, is it wrong if they like it so much that they want to color it?

I feel like a lot of the people on this site have been acting really elitist about art. Like, even if your art's good, there's a reason that so few people actually put copyright marks on their art. It's because it makes you look arrogant and is completely annoying. This stamp is the same.
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:iconraspberryquartzs:
RaspberryQuartzs Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
why are people against this? Some people like there art without colour
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:iconsunshinesmilespony:
SunshineSmilesPony Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or, dont be a cunt, based on any kind of mark you can have on art, they CAN take and color on it. Ignorant kids.
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:iconraspberryquartzs:
RaspberryQuartzs Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
you should read your comment twice
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:iconlittle-rolling-bean:
Little-rolling-bean Featured By Owner Edited Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You telling me taking someone's drawing and recoloring it without permission makes someone an "ignorant cunt"? 
:stare: well excuse me for not allowing some random 10 year old to grab my OCs and scribble on them with MS paint. I am such a cunt indeed.
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:iconhailiyn:
Hailiyn Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
No you can't. If you would spent some good hours making a nice drawing and someone comes and colours/recolours it in paint, would't you be revolted?
The artist has certain rights when it comes to his/hers drawings and who are you to come and steal their artwork? You need to ask permission before you touch an artwork which is not yours (unless the author made it free for use). Even if you say you will credit, the artist still has the right to say no. Because. It's. Her. Fucking. Drawing.
And please, don't use the word "ignorant", I don't think you know what it means.
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:iconsunshinesmilespony:
SunshineSmilesPony Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you can, speak to a copyright lawyer, you can copyright your work, but youc an reproduce, use, and fix designs as you see fit if not for profit or sale. I do know what ignorant means.

lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

That, is lacking knowledge.

Please, come back when you have taken a bar exam, or, taken a law class/copyright training course/made a formal copyright. 

The rights a person has is about pay for distribution, and tade marked designs(Which are REALLY hard to protect, and unless this artist has TRADEMARKED the designs/pieces then a person can do what they wish with the piece. Learn to law little girl.
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:iconcrazykittyproduction:
CrazyKittyProduction Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is late and all, but that is one hell of a copyright training course. Sign me up for the military I am ready to "Learn to Law" 
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:icondalegribble3000:
dalegribble3000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually have had experience with the legal system and copyright. Technically, 95% of fan art is illegal, as the vast majority of artists don't cite the characters they use. This can even cause trouble if the characters are OCs, as many companies are now going after artists that copy a style of one of their shows. However, on deviantart, because there is original artwork as well, all works are copyrighted under the original person that produced that piece (In commissions, the person who paid for the piece holds all copyright for that piece.) So this makes recolors in a way double violations of copyright.
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:iconmirria1:
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with this.

same with comic/manga books. like the actual book you buy from the store. and then people go coloring in them like it's a coloring book. gah. it's just ruining it.
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:iconsofikattie:
SofiKattie Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015  Student General Artist
....What the hell!? I didn't knew people do that. o_o
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:iconmirria1:
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately it's true, someone I used to know did it too.
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:iconsofikattie:
SofiKattie Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2015  Student General Artist
That's really distributing! ):

Something once similar happened to me. It was in fourth grade and I was at my friend's house (I didn't had any real friends at that time and she wasn't really my best friend, she was just a girl I knew just like others in class). So I was searching through bookshelf, trying to find something interesting to read and pulled out a Disney Princesses comic. It looked horrible, it wasn't only missing few pages, it even was colored with felt pens and it kinda smelled like a rotten food ( I DON'T want to know where it was before! O_O).

She even said that it was her "art" and she had some so called rights to draw in it.
What a fucking saucy excuse! 
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:iconmirria1:
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I shake my head in disappointed at people like that.
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:iconanimatedastronaut:
animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
People DO that?!
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:iconmirria1:
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yep. :I
I used to have a friend that did that. it pissed me off to no end. and it wasn't even well done. Dx
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:iconanimatedastronaut:
animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
That hurts my heart a little bit.
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:iconmirria1:
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
same. D:
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:iconcolouredforpleasure:
colouredforpleasure Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I have never ever come across someone who has said "no" to me colouring their lineart. It's more of flattery than theft. What are you appropriating? You haven't "taken" anything, but that's only under the considerations that you give an original link back to the lineart itself.
There have been a few occasions where I've coloured someone's lineart as a "surprise" for them, and they had no problem with it afterwards. This assumes to much that applying colour to some lineart breaks the rules of copyright, when it doesn't.
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:icongreensolstice:
True, but the trouble is that you can't trust people who offer to recolour, because they could just be a little kid who'll scribble all over your lineart in MS Paint then pass it off as their own. I understand that there are people who recolour as a favour to others and who do it professionally and with credit to the original artist, but some people are just out to steal art. And that's sad.

(edit: bit late to the party I know)
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:iconn-h-art:
N-H-Art Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I pretty sure she means she doesn't want people coloring her line arts without asking or crediting. Not everyone appreciates it when you just take their line art and color it, because they want it to stay as their own original work.
Of course coloring someone else's line art doesn't necessarily break the rules of copyright, but a lot of people simply claim they made it, without crediting.
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:iconmriliketrains1000:
MrILikeTrains1000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He means recolors...
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:iconlightfallprince93:
lightfallprince93 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Amen.
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:iconlove-3n:
LoVe-3N Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Some artists make linearts for others to colour.
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:iconzereverefano:
Zereverefano Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
get rid of this... you're bullying against new artists...
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:icontwitterful-lumicity:
Twitterful-Lumicity Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is this bullying? Hmm?
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:iconpony-who-waited:
Pony-who-waited Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So people taking others people art and slapping different things on it is okay?
there are rules on this site weather people like it or not .

Nothing is wrong with this stamp .
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:iconzereverefano:
Zereverefano Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yet most of them do it nevertheless
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:iconleothekitten:
LeoTheKitten Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
How's this bullying?
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:iconzereverefano:
Zereverefano Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think anyone realizes how new artists are made... most, if not all, try copying from others. That's how people learn practically everything...
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:iconleothekitten:
LeoTheKitten Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
SO you think recoloring is art?
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:iconzereverefano:
Zereverefano Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if it helps budding artists improve and they eventually move on to doing their own art, then yes
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:iconmasterpresley:
MasterPresley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist

Not all new artists color other people's artwork. Most beginners actually make an effort to improve their skills by making their own art work from scratch. This is not bullying. It is not directed towards anyone specific, and does not display hateful messages. If you think this is bullying, you're going to have trouble in the real world, kid.
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:iconzereverefano:
Zereverefano Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Judging by your username, I'd say you have no idea of what art is like outside anime and comic books. A lot of people started out copying, and some even got famous! *cough* *cough* Andy *cough* Warhol
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:iconmasterpresley:
MasterPresley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist

First off, I'd like to comment that I do not draw anime(anymore). Second off, don't judge a deviant by their username. Is my username talking? No. I'm talking. Comics and anime are art, just because you don't like it doesn't make it so. Anything you can make on a canvas with creativity; that's art. You're obviously too ignorant to know that there's different styles and mediums to art, anime and cartoon being two of them. Copying is in no way creative, and is just lazy. I don't give a shit who got famous for it, it is definitely no proper way to improve in anything. Going out and trying for yourself? That will result in improvement.
Copying is theft, theft is a very serious crime.
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:iconzereverefano:
Zereverefano Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulations... you get the banhammer
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:iconmasterpresley:
MasterPresley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist

Awwww, someone got their panties is a twist.

Only admins can ban, hun.
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