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Art theft/copying

http://KingDRagonZero.deviantart.com He is copying people's art and passing them off as his own. When confronted he admits to having copied but will not take them down or give credit.

Here is an original drawing submited Mar 19, 2007

http://pearleden.deviantart.com/art/Official-Arceus-artwork-51223107

Here is his copy Put up this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Arceus-74300641

Original submitted Submitted: Mar 24, 2007
http://nemesist-103.deviantart.com/art/Exodia-51602367

Copyied drawing submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Exodia-The-Forbidden-One-74300888

Oiginal submitted Aug 10, 2004
http://p-la.deviantart.com/art/zero-9670993

Ripped off drawing submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Zero-exe-74301384

Original work submited Sep 15, 2007
http://kinglegato.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon-Diamond-Dialga-64939949

Ripped off drawing submited this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Dialga-74302265

Original submitted Submitted: Jul 7, 2005
http://chill-morte.deviantart.com/art/Gene-Starwind-Outlaw-Star-20325492

Ripped off art submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Gene-Starwind-74302569

Original submited Submitted: Feb 8, 2007
http://poke-mania.deviantart.com/art/Coloured-Regigigas-48309902

Ripped off Art submited this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/RegiGigas-74302730

Original submitted Submitted: Aug 30, 2005
http://gustorak.deviantart.com/art/Guyver-22366531

Ripped off art submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/The-Guyver-74302876

Original art submitted Oct 18, 2006
http://add-dragon.deviantart.com/art/OMG-Palkia-41621958

Ripped off art submited this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Palkia-74303476

Original submited Feb 23, 2007
http://kaladze.deviantart.com/art/robocop-49472105

Ripped off art submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/RoboCop-74303587

Original submitted Dec 13, 2005
http://finalfantasygallery.deviantart.com/art/Safer-Sephiroth-26352086

Ripped off art submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Safer-Sephiroth-74303733

Original submitted Oct 4, 2003
http://greatgreeniguana.deviantart.com/art/Space-Godzilla-3290471

Ripped off art submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/SpaceGodzilla-74303889

Original on an outside site
http://mattfrankart.blogspot.com/

Complaint from owner followed by denial
http://comments.deviantart.com/1/75045825/632959421
http://comments.deviantart.com/1/75045825/633316115

Ripped off art submitted this month
http://kingdragonzero.deviantart.com/art/Clover-75045825

He's now resorted to putting up links to the originals under some bad advice in you journal. But that's not excuse. The rules here clearly state this is not allowed. http://help.deviantart.com/306/ He's been reported by several people now but so far the admins are taking their sweet time. If anyone else could help report, it would be much appreciated, thank you!
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Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
kerstin_orion
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
This is a bit long. Please put all of the 'original' and 'copy' links behind an LJ-cut. :)
mazz
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
art_theft
Gets more attention towards thievery.
kerstin_orion
Jan. 28th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Another good place to post this, yes. (Though reports of art theft are definitely encouraged here on artists_beware, too.)
mazz
Jan. 28th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
That's true. :D

fyphfoko
Jan. 28th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
he's a good copyest, i'l give him that. as long as theres no trickery involved, as you say he could have ripped the originals to paint shop pro and simply changed some of the settings

it can be god practice to try and copy something that someone else has done, i sometimes take charictors that i like and try to create a pic in my own right, but don't then post the damned things, i have mine in a clearly marked folder on my desktop. if i know the artist i might show them but thats about it

anyhoo, maybe the copiest did have permission touse the artists work? do we know that he or she didn't?

just out of morbid interest
wolftale
Jan. 28th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
after what I saw now, he have given credit on some of them, more correct "Here is the link to the original one that I looked off of"...
But perhaps probably just because many people have told him?
so stupid that he would do that before on over picture he have copied..

Edited at 2008-01-28 08:37 am (UTC)
snapesgirl34
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Is he posting edited versions of the original? In that case try reporting to the help desk, the mods hate it but it will usually get them to move more quickly if they're lagging on a report. If he's copying or tracing then only the original artist can report him, otherwise the mods will just ignore the reports. And if he's tracing or copying from a popular series for example, then there's very little chance you can get the artwork removed.
thegentilcat
Jan. 28th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Has anyone contacted the original artists he has 'referenced' from and directed them back to his gallery so they can make a report themselves if it is a case of art theft?

Just linking back to the original piece does not make what he's doing okay - seeing as he was initially taking full credit for the creations.
chiharunekama
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm...

This one is a difficult situation. For the most part, much of the work he has copied seems to be work that was already "copied". The Pokemon drawings, for example, are ones that the artists he's claimed to have copied from seem to have already copied from official art from the game.

That doesn't make it okay, of course. This is still a dangerous practice, and one that could turn out badly if he continues to copy with indescretion, but it'll be a hard one, I think, to convince the mods to do much about.
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