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PSA : Art Theft



Due to an influx of art-theft issues, we wish to make an announcement of zero tolerance.

As per the Terms of Service:

"Users posting any form of content on accept responsibility for all liability for content they have posted. Users who steal art, writing, or otherwise claim the work of others will be permanently banned."

Examples of what we consider art theft to be:
- Tracing artwork and/or markings that are not 100% your own work
- Taking edits and/or markings from other users' pets and applying them to your pet without permission
- Heavily referencing photos, art, or other sources, so closely that when overlaid they look like they could have been traced
- Using "free" lines, art, and patterns from sources outside of Aywas
- Using "free" lines, art, or patterns that were not made for Aywas users
- Manipulating photos, or art, and then applying it to your pet

These rules apply to anything that is submitted for both personal use and site use, including but not limited to: Edit Repository, Site Coloration submissions, Item submissions, and Customs (both G1 customs made with a custom-making item and offspring via breedings).

The only allowed use of free material from sources outside Aywas are
listed in the KB.

Brushes that are "free use", including for commercial use and that clearly come from a reputable source may be used, but you still must disclose and give credit for those brushes. The only exceptions are default brushes in art programs such as, but not limited to, Photoshop, Sai, Gimp, Procreate, and so on, or brushes you hand-make yourself.

When in doubt, message a moderator with a link to your image/pattern/brush rules and they will let you know if you can use it.

If you have accidentally broken these rules, reach out to a moderator right away to resolve the issue.

We wish to make it clear that if staff finds you have broken the art theft rules and you did not come forward, you will be permanently banned.

Suspicious that someone might be using an image without permission? Contact a moderator with a link to the pet or thread and Staff will look into it.

Art theft is not only wrong, but it is also illegal, and puts the site in danger!

Posted by Aywas Official (#2) on Mon Feb 20, 2023 9:51pm

Comments: 14

Xenephos (#55335)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 6:17am

For ER bases, if we used an ER base/etc. made by someone else that was found to be stolen/traced/etc., I’m guessing we can’t keep the pet. What happens in that situation? Do the pets just get poofed? Or is there a chance for the owner to revise it? Just curious since I’ve used ER bases before and see a lot of bases were removed.

vladthebad (#8672)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 7:11am

Oh no, ER bases have been removed? Any idea which ones? I have a few pets on ER bases, and some in my 'to make' pile, so hopefully they're not affected!

Xenephos (#55335)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 7:27am

vladthebad (#8672) They were mostly Safuoi bases so I'd double check those with staff

vladthebad (#8672)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 7:56am

Thank you, Xene!

Elisabeth (#35631)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 8:37am

I know that user and I have at least one by them. I'll scan for more.

Prince [Hiatus] (#12687)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 10:00am

Xenephos (#55335) - Your pet will be overlaid and the maker refunded to you. If you paid for the art (via commission for example) you will get reimbursed if there's proof of the transaction. - TJ

vladthebad (#8672)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 10:39am

Awesome, TJ. I'm assuming if we have any pets that are affected we'll be contacted? Hopefully all my babies are clear. Obviously the site has to crack down on any kind of theft or infringement.

Elisabeth (#35631)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 12:02pm

I was, Vlad. For a Faux I had. They let me know that an artist re-did it. Now the Safuois are different because the Faux box obviously didn't refund me anything from the Faux box since there is no "maker".

Hiiro (#755)

Posted on: Tue Feb 21, 2023 12:53pm

vladthebad (#8672) staff are attempting to contact users, but if you haven't been contacted yet, then fell free to contact staff to let them know you have an affected pet.

Stein (semi-active) (#103)

Posted on: Wed Feb 22, 2023 11:05am

Quick question on this sentence:

"Using "free" lines, art, and patterns from sources outside of Aywas, or made for Aywas users"

I'm not quite understanding what this means. So lines, art and patterns made to be used by Aywas players, for free, are not allowed? Like lines from the "Free Custom PSDs" forum?