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I submitted a Journal 2h 30m ago about an art thief who was selling prints and claiming the work of lots of artists from DeviantArt as his own with his own watermarks over them and all.

Everyone mobilized against this threat. Both his pages (on facebook and a website) have now been taken down successfully.

Thank you all who contributed to eliminate this threat and illegal operation.

Thank you all.

In other news, A Russian News Agency and a Chinese News Channel mentioned me!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUvGLI…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps1ozQ…

Your friend in Art,

Samuel Silva
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Krucifyd Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Justice is served! :)
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PeachBerryDivision Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol! I watched the news in Hong Kong. You're a lawyer? Drawing in your notebook?XD
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StarlightMemories Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bem, só espero que tenha sido só esse. Muitas vezes, quando leio sobre este tipo de situações dou graças por não ter o nível desses artistas e me ter ficado pela ilustração juvenil e pela escrita.
É muito bom que sejas divulgado e mereces sê-lo ainda mais. Os teus trabalhos são de primeiríssima qualidade e o teu estilo não é fácil. De facto existem muitas poucas pessoas que o dominam (ouvi falar de um americano que faz fotorealismo a lápis e pede cinco mil euros por uma comissão).
Agora espero que o ladrão seja condenado a pagar aos artistas todo o dinheiro que ganhou à conta deles. Se calhar deverias colocar uma "assinatura" nos trabalhos quando os expões on-line (uma transparência com o photoshop, para não arruinar o original). Eu costumo usar a mesa digital para assinar, e muitas vezes a minha assinatura está em sítios muito dificeis de apagar sem deixar marca nos desenhos. Há artistas que criam logotipos ou "carimbos" digitais feitos à mão que colocam em locais estratégicos de forma a que a pessoa que não as recorte sem cortar uma parte da imagem.
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icee-deeyah Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and, i forgot to mention, I SO LOVE YOUR WORKS! and I wanna give a high five on that thief.
on his face.

with a rock.

or a chair.

or whatever I can grab here.
punch the tard day
 


 
You are really inspiring .. 
Cheerleader 
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icee-deeyah Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really good news, it's really unfair for the artists who exerted all the effort and gave all the time they have just to finish their masterpieces, then someone buff in--claiming he had done them, even had the guts to put his own watermarks on those works. Jeeez, I feel happy for you though.. this is goin' to be charged to experience. At least every one knows now that there is a modus operandi going on like that.. fair fight 
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cardfue Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great news! You're a mover and shaker:-)
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OMFGITSABANANA Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry your art was stolen! :( 
& I'm sorry I can't say anything about the videos, I dint understand then, so so sorry
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Chilarel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have yet to add a watermark to any of my art, but this has gotten me to rethink things. It is a shame that people like to steal other persons work, for profit no less!! and what is even scarier is that unless some one stumbles on my work being claimed by some one else I really am oblivious to it all. Not sure how else to protect myself other than a watermark. Even though I think it distracts from the art. Shame... That all being said, I really enjoy looking at your work, I have yet to see anyone that does the quality that you do with a pen. Just out of curiousity, what do you do when you make a mistake? Cover it up? Start over? Move on and add it to the art?
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VianaArts Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Post your works in resolutions no bigger than 800pixels across. Even if stolen, the prints will be pretty crappy.
When I make a mistake that is big enough to be noticeable... I throw the drawing in the garbage. There is no other way around it! Fortunately I have enough practice to make very few big mistakes (even though I make many small ones).
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Irishk9 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well done, Love your work. Keepin em honest!
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