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Art Theft & Consequences

Updates

  • Oct 24, 2017 [ Luxor ]
    Reworded scenarios / Reorganized sections/ Updated any links
  • Mar 15, 2016 [ Lazy ]
    Reorganized information and updated any outdated sections.

THEFT - FROM DRAWINGS / PIXELS

A user posts a drawing made by someone else other than themself and either claims to be the creator of the drawing or attempts to sell the drawing for profit. In this scenario, there is evidence that very minimal changes have been made to the drawing.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

Without question if a user flat out takes someone else's drawing and claims to be the creator and/or sell it for profit they will receive a warning and a two week ban. There are no exceptions.

A user has taken parts of other people's drawings and clearly edited it together, claiming to be Original artist / Original maker of the piece.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

This is non negotiable if there's very clear evidence that a user has copy and pasted parts of other people's drawings and are attempting to sell it or claim that they are the creator.

A user has heavy referenced, copied, or slightly edited a drawing to the point where there almost no difference between the original and the person in question's version.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

This scenario is similar to scenario 2, ending in the same consequences.

A user has traced a drawing. Even if the results look slightly different (colors etc), When overlayed, the images and most of the lines match up.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

We will be very careful with this to make sure things are clearly traced before banning any users from GASR. Tracing is a serious form of Art Theft which we do not take lightly.

THEFT - FROM COPYRIGHTED IMAGES

A user has taken taken a copyrighted image (a non-stock image from google) and has only made slight changes to the image (repainting, filters, text, etc) and is claiming to be the original creator of the image and or attempting to sell it for profit.

Consequences

  • They will receive an official warning and have one of their warning bars docked.
  • Depending on the situation they may receive a two week ban as well.

Not knowing this is a form of theft is not a justifiable excuse.

A user has taken taken ONLY PART of a copyrighted image (a non-stock image from google) and inserted it into their work. Explanation: These are very small cases where maybe someone gave them a reference of a necklace and rather than drawing it in they just pasted it in the picture of a copyrighted photo.

Consequences

  • They will receive an official warning and have their warning bar docked but they will not be banned from GASR.

These cases are very rare. Chances are, if a user stole a part of a specific image, they more than likely have stolen a lot more than just that.

If someone has traced OR heavily referenced from a copyrighted image and claims it to be "a drawing from scratch" or does not provide written permission from the photographer.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

If they are tracing or heavily referencing copyrighted images and they claim that they aren't, they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

THEFT - FROM OTHER USERS ON OTHER WEBSITES

A user has stolen someone else's avatar picture(s) / icons / pixel dolls / pixels / screenshots / tutorials and makes limited changes to the picture and attempts to sell them for profit or claims it is their original work / property.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

A user has taken part of someone's else enhancement / drawing and attempts to put it in their work and claims it to be their original work or sell it for profit.
The same rules apply if a user traces someone's drawing or enhancement or if they copy the image to the point where where there is no distiguishable difference / it is clear they have done it.

Consequences

  • The person in question will receive an official warning.
  • We will wait 24 hours for a response.
  • Their warning bar will be docked and they will receive a two week ban from GASR.

Not knowing this is a form of theft is not a justifiable excuse.

MULTIPLE ART THEFT WARNINGS

These are the lesser cases that may have been simply ignorance and did not result in a ban. Most Minor Warnings are given to newer users, though the cut off date for being a new user to GASR is 1 month. The next official warning will result in a two week ban.

In these cases the person will receive a permanent ban from GASR. If we give you a chance to redeem yourself after an art theft warning, we cannot be held accountable if you recieve another on your own doing. We do not give favors or accomodate anyone regardless of their social status or affiliation.

We are a community that believes in second chances. We will not disclose what your warning was for unless you publicly speak on it. If you decide to publicize the warning under false pretense, we assume our right to clear up the situation to other users, both privately and publicly.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE BANNED/LOSE A WARNING BAR

If you receive a two week ban / lost one of your warning bars it's best to think over what you did and why you were banned/warned. We encourage you to think about how you can start improving yourself without having to depend on various forms of art theft.

Please note that even if you choose not to come back to GASR for art theft warnings, the same trouble will make its way back to you. GASR's regulations on Art Theft are adapted by actual DMCA legislation, the same rules and principles apply. The only difference is that DMCA laws can get you fined with real life law violations.

Gossip About How We Treat You Unfairly

If you feel like you have been treated unfairly then you may send a message [ here ], Submit a support ticket [ here ], or privately message us in case you weren't banned (2 weeks or permanently.) We have a dedicated administrative team so hopefully you'll feel comfortable PMing one of us or sending message to one of our Administrators or Global Moderators so they can further assist you.

Create an Alt Account or Use Someone Else's Account

If you create an alternate account of any sort you will be permanently IP banned from GASR. If you use a friend's account to access GASR, you not only will be permanently IP banned, but you risk jeopardizing your friend's account as well.

GAINING BACK YOUR LOST WARNING BARS

Click [ here ] to find out more information on how the warning bar system works and the process to gain back any bars you may have lost.

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