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Lack of proper Credit and Links provided of the original Artist and Resources used is the #1 cause of delays daily in our Group Submission process. When we observe possible uncredited Resources use in a Group submission, we send out a correspondence message to the artist requesting Credit and links, and must often wait for a response.

We have been receiving a lot of submissions which are containing other peoples work without permission, credit and/or links given. Our Group standpoint and Guidelines in regards to this issue are very clear:

:star::bulletred: If you did not make it; get permission to use/alter it from the original artist/company, give credit and provide a link to the piece used. If you do not have permission to use it, then it is Considered Copyright Infringement. No Exceptions

:star::bulletred:You must provide Credit to each creator of the resources used, along with links to every resource used, regardless of where you got the resource. Not just links to the site where you got the resource, but a link to the resources themselves. No Exceptions

If you can not remember, find or provide the original credits and links, then we ask that you do not submit that piece to our Group. This is not just limited site wide to deviantART, this is world wide. Regardless of where your source is from you must provide all credits and links for your work to be submitted into our Group Galleries. This goes for all mediums.

Our staff screen each piece to make sure all artists rights are protected. We as staff communicate with one another and check each piece and their contents, as well as all credits and links. We investigate and research each piece, and are now in the process of doubling our efforts due to the increasing amounts of uncredited stock and/or use of Copyright Protected Material used.

If you see a submission in our group gallery that contains uncredited stock or copyright protected work, contact us via Group note titled "Stock Issue" or "Copyright Issue". Do not contact us leaving a public message on our front page. We will keep all tips confidential and anonymous.

Please refer to our Submission Guidelines for all rules about submissions in our Group: realm-of-fantasy.deviantart.co…
Below is our new revised Credit Guidelines.


:bulletgreen:Credit Guidelines:bulletgreen:


:star::bulletred: If you did not make it; get permission to use/alter it from the original artist/company, give credit and provide a link to the piece used. If you do not have permission to use it, then it is Considered Copyright Infringement. No Exceptions

:star::bulletred: You must provide Credit to each creator of the resources used, along with links to every resource used, regardless of where you got the resource. Not just links to the site where you got the resource, but a link to the resources themselves.

:bulletorange: If you used your own photos, resources our purchased content in your work; please state this in your Artists Comments on your piece. Because if credits are not present, even if you were the creator or the resources are purchased, the submission will get put in review.

:bulletorange: If you use a photo or pre-made background from another artist in your work you must have permission from the original artist who created it. No exceptions.

:bulletorange: If you use a photo or pre-made background from another artist in your work you must give credit and links to the artist and the stock/background used, regardless of which site it came from. No exceptions

:bulletorange: You can not use photos/artwork/wallpapers you found off the internet and use it in your work. That is considered Copyright Infringement. Even if you credit a piece, you still must have permission to use it.

:bulletorange: No screen shots. Examples: Films, Games etc. No Exceptions

:bulletorange: We strongly suggest you follow the Terms of Use of your Stock/Resource Artists. Stock/Resources artists work hard to crate their resources, and are kind enough to share it with you so that you may us them to help create your artwork. So the least you could do is respect their wishes and follow their Terms of Use.

:bulletorange: Fan Art and Fan Fiction must credit the original sources. The title of the Source material and the name of the Character if applicable must be stated in the artists comments.
Examples:

"Spiderman" and all names of characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks of Marvel Inc.

"Darth Vader" "Star Wars" and all names and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks of Lucasfilm LTD

All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

(c) Marvel


:bulletred: We will not accept any piece found to contain Copyright Protected artwork from another Artist/Company used in the creation of your submission. If your artwork contains such material the submission will be declined.

:bulletred: If credit and links to each artist and each stock/resource used in the creation of your submission are not provided, the submission will be declined.


:bulletgreen: Purchased material with sole rights to use such material explicitly given by the creator/merchant, with no credit required to be given to the creator of the purchased material as verified by the creators Terms of Use and Purchase License is the only exception to the rule. So if you own it state that in your submission.
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ronniengirls Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm..reading over this 2yr old post, I most certainly agree that each submission should be checked to make sure that the submitter/artist have given proper link/s and credit! What I think should be taken into account in the instances where an older submission with credit link/s is submitted is that, there are instances, like an older submission of mine from 2010 [link], where with time, some of the links now have defaulted to DA's browse art page. I have been under the current impression that the artist and owners no longer had active profiles on DA or had simply elected to either hide or remove their/that piece of their submitted art. I guess now simply removing those broken link/s would make for an easy solution but I have elected to still keep them up for two reasons, one to still give respect to another fellow artist for their inspiration and two, to simply let other creators know that that item was another artists creation. Unfortunately, I had no reason to believe when I first submitted, 'Yearning in Water', that the DA links could/would eventually break but now on hindsight, and I appreciate the respectful nudge from the nice admins of 'Realm of Fantasy' for bringing me back to look at what/which links were now no longer working, I can most certainly look to adding as well, a/the profile name as well in order to make for easier referral of submissions!
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Natanei Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Jesus, I don't remember where I got brush for my background ;x It was about two years ago when I was downloading brushes to photoshop, while I was drawing at it. Now it is impossible for me to find this site and this brush in milions of it in the Internet ;x
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alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
We apologize for the misunderstanding, but this is not where you post your credits and links. This blog is intended only to explain the guidelines. You post the links on your piece, and then respond to the correspondence message that you have done so.
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MirellaSantana Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
wow...
i understand!
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alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Not a problem, it happens ;)
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