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How to : Find Art Thieves

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:12 PM
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I noticed that a lot of people don't know how to search for their photos on the internet, so here is a short tutorial. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about art thieves, but i still think it is important to look out for them.

1. visit Google.com

2. Go to the page of the photo you want to search and click "show image"


3. Copy the Link and paste it into google.


4. This page should open, click "search by image".


5. Now you can browse trough the results.


6. The less results the happier you should be.



EDIT : You can also use websites like : tineye.com and iqdb.com
This was pointed out to me by some people, personally i have no experience with them, but i am sure that they work too. :aww:

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:iconmissmikayla14:
missmikayla14 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2015
The results that are from DeviantART can be ignored because that is probably your art or faves/more like the art.  Look for results that are from websites other than DeviantART.  Those results indicate that another person has used your art on other websites such as Youtube. My friend:  veemonsito.deviantart.com/ has their Pokemon artwork all over Youtube from people that used their artwork.  For example, this piece of Umbreon and Espeon (both are Pokemon):  veemonsito.deviantart.com/art/… is all over Youtube.  I searched by image and these results showed up:  www.google.ca/search?tbs=sbi:A…

Obviously this person has had their art stolen, even though they clearly stated on their deviations that use of the piece in any form is not allowed.  Even though they clearly stated that use of the artwork is prohibited, the people that made the Youtube videos didn't listen and respect the artist's wish to not have their art used.  This: veemonsito.deviantart.com/art/… and this:  veemonsito.deviantart.com/art/… are also on Youtube.  In these two examples, someone has saved the artwork and compiled them, alongside many more arts of the same Pokemon and uploaded their videos.  I am not sure if people have asked permission to use the pieces but based on the comments on their profile page, I haven't seen anyone ask permission to use the pieces.  They have disabled comments on most of their Pokemon arts so I don't know if the people asked unless I check the profile page of my friend.

I have never had anyone use my artwork on Youtube or steal it for other purposes but based on my friend's experience with art thieves, there are people that will try and steal other people's artwork without asking permission.  We can state in our art descriptions that use of the piece is not allowed without asking permission but there really isn't a way to stop art thieves.  We can report them to DeviantART's reporting portal and hope that they will deal with them if they post on this site but if they don't put their art on this site, there isn't much we can do about them.
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:iconewxep:
Ewxep Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
<Quote>6. The less results the happier you should be. </Quote>
I guess "no matches" is the best.
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:iconmarialopenzo:
marialopenzo Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2014  Student
woah I guess that I got caught LOL
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:icondreamydark:
dreamydark Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
SauceNAO is really good for pixiv art~ but it's not very useful outside of that...still, a lot of the stolen art here comes from there
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:iconplatinumlove:
PlatinumLove Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Artist
TinyEye works really well :3 
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:iconcrystal-gryphon:
Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Is there any way to do this on the iPad?
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:iconmelodyxiv:
MelodyXIV Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the advice :D
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:iconk2v:
K2v Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wanna know how I find them?
Tineye.
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:iconladynebula1991:
LadyNebula1991 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
The best you can do: Put a big watermark before the upload (your link to your deviantart page and the copyright, or your name) and then, the watermark of deviantart, for more security.
I always did that. It could hide maybe some details or parts of the deviation, but it's more safe (for me)...

Great Entry Journal. It's good to the people here.
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:iconhanako-chan030:
Hanako-Chan030 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Extremely helpful, but my art is too scrappy to steal. :la:
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:iconcactuarzrule:
cactuarZrule Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Just found one of mine on other sites. :(
They have it for download too. O___O
They are not claiming it's theirs, watermark is still there, and they put my name in the description, or on the file name. I have no idea if I should do something. :/
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:icontailungess:
Tailungess Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What do you do if someone HAS stolen from you?
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:iconmelodyartz:
MelodyArtz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
report them
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:iconchibiuta:
Chibiuta Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the tip! I have checked and nobody has stolen anything from me :)
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:iconhauntedshadowslegacy:
HauntedShadowsLegacy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*goes to check how many people are stealing from her friends* :sherlock:
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:iconauroraart:
AuroraArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconswatkins:
swatkins Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
People will only collect your art if they like it. Or some robots might steal it, in which case who cares. You still have control over high-quality prints and such of your art. When something is on the web, every who sees it has made a copy of it already. I suggest relax, be happy, and share you art.
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:iconlordtchernobog:
LordTchernobog Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let me tell you one little problem, that's - sadly - appears too - in funsites: the uploaders/admins sometimes does not giving a simple... heck about the creator, it's website/blog/facebook page, and removes it(!); and putting their sites watermark. In other cases, they stole from each other sites, removes the prevoiusly put watermark, and then they their own stylistic watermark! That's sound good, huh? No, I son't think so!

I visited a facebook site, called "képregények.com"; which - hence the name, wich is 'comic' in Hungarian language - gathers a lot of comics, either ragecomis or some better qualified webcomic strips - and then I checked the main site and... oh, my Lord; they did the same thing again! I asked them, why are did that! Did I get a n answer? No. Why would they asnwer for me? Stupid ass likehunter crappy fb pages... -.-

Then, what could do the artist? I would be happy, but not like that way! Thnx for reading this.
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:iconmaclafel7:
Maclafel7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way to do this on a mac?
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:iconstubborninsomniac:
stubborninsomniac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
my friend says to try to right click over picture on whatever web page and select COPY IMAGE LOCATION. then paste it on the search bar in google
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:iconmaclafel7:
Maclafel7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconstubborninsomniac:
stubborninsomniac Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
glad it worked
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:iconangellexar:
angellexar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! 3 thieves! xD
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:iconangellexar:
angellexar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
False alarm. xD
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:iconbunnehbunbun:
BunnehBunBun Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOA!
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:iconsirielle:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Install Search by Google plugin and get the search option in the right click menu, much quicker. Not only for art theft, but also for identified orphaned art etc.
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:iconfleiiha:
Fleiiha Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tHANKSS!
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:icondr-wolves:
Dr-Wolves Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Read or die at 6:53 P.M. tonight. 5 years ago a 4 year old girl was shot and killed. She now seeks her revenge by finding people to kill. She wants others to feel her pain so at 3:15 A.M., while you are sleeping, she sneaks into your room and takes a shotgun and shoots you many times. If you don't re-post this to 10 photos she will come and kill you tonight with a gun at 3:15 A.M. If you re-post this to 15 other photos she will not get you and you will have the best day ever tomorrow. You will either find a $100 dollar bill or get kissed. You have 15 minutes. The little girl is waitin
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:iconprimal-fury:
Primal-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the informative article =)
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:iconnur92:
nur92 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips! Really useful. :)
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:iconmysticaltemptress:
MysticalTemptress Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thaaank you for this^^ I'm not sure anyone would be taking my crap hap art XD but this will be good to know and see. But also help out others^^
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:iconavpmismylife:
AVPMismylife Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
i dont have a show image button- does this work on mac too?
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:iconbansini:
Bansini Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
perhaphs its open image in new tab!
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:iconavpmismylife:
AVPMismylife Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Didn't work
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:iconpen-candy:
pen-candy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
press "copy image address"
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:iconavpmismylife:
AVPMismylife Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I did. I'm not an idiot.
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:iconpen-candy:
pen-candy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Geez, i never said u were. Just trying to be helpful O.o
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:iconavpmismylife:
AVPMismylife Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
aw im sorry, that comes out a lot meaner in text! i meant it in a sarcastic, joking way! plz dont hate me :(
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:iconpen-candy:
pen-candy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, woops! Lol don't worry about it im not ma :hug:
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:iconmasane:
Masane Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ty for this. Had a fellow DA friend show me how to do this. Luckily nothing yet **crosses fingers**
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:iconkashell:
kashell Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh boy google works so much better than tineye, I'm actually trying to take down a tough thief, this was a lifesaver, thanks !
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:iconnotensmsk:
NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very useful and kinda short ^^; I would have put a lot of unnecessary explination! But it serves its purpose :) Also, I will look at your works when I can... I am quite busy with my folders :hmm:
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:iconblitzoren:
Blitzoren Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
lol nvm, found out. I dont have much views so I'm not surprised I have no thieves lol
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:iconblitzoren:
Blitzoren Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I don't have 'show image' on my google chrome and image url doesn't work to well.. any other ways?
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:icongreyfaerie4:
Greyfaerie4 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Go to images.google.com
You should see a logo of a camera in the right of the search box.
Click on it and attach the photo you want to find.
Search.
There will be results.
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:iconmalesx:
Malesx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thank you my dear for that X3
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:iconmylittleprimo:
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Has anyone tried not allowing downloads of their work when submitting it?
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:iconmasane:
Masane Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have done this
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:iconmylittleprimo:
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Did it work?
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