I was kicked out of a group because I asked if the artist (Masashi Kishimoto) ever stated that it's OK to colour or trace his manga pages.
They replied telling me he hasn't, but they don't consider it copyright theft unless he specifically says "no".
I informed them that this is not how it works, it's copyright theft unless he specifically says "yes", and they refused to acknowledge that they may be committing this theft (their entire gallery is filled with traced/coloured manga pages). I even linked them to dA FAQs that explained my point fully, but they ignored my points and said they consider it a form of "appreciation" for the series.
I don't know, but it'd frustrate me if that was my work people took and coloured.
I think cosplay and fan art's a lovely form of appreciation for the series, direct art theft is a little too much and is rather insulting? It suggests that you think you can do it better than the original artist or something.
Anyway, so when they replied to me, I said 'perhaps you're inclined to defend this practice since you're a culprit of it' and they banned me from the group.
A little brash for something personal, right? I'm in groups that hosts artwork from people I personally don't get on with, I don't kick them out because I have a personal issue with them.
Even so, whatever. If they didn't kick me out, I'd have left anyway because I want no part of a group that supports art theft.
Anyway, I sent dA's Customer Service report and I hope they do something about this - Maybe having their artwork removed or their account banned might make them realise they're wrong.
Every artist starts somewhere. I fucking suck at art but I don't go around stealing other people's, even back when I did solely focus on my sketching abilities. I traced, sure, but none of my traced work ever saw the light of day because I did it to try and develop my own way of drawing - I wouldn't claim the traced stuff as 100% my own, or even majorly my own. It's barely 10% my own work.
I would name and shame this group, but apparently that's classed as hate cultivation and I could get banned for it. P.S.
I will be using this awesome skin, created by SimplySilent, until I can be bothered/feel inspired to make my own.