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CEA UPDATE 20090130; Issues Involving CopyingTracing, Copying and Other Issues Involving Duplication of Existing WorksCEA UPDATE 20090130; Issues Involving Copying by realitysquared
The Copyright & Etiquette Administration here at deviantART is often presented with challenges, one of the most basic and important of which involves helping artists enforce their rights over their own original work. While this may seem to be a very clear and easy to understand directive it is complicated almost daily by the simple fact that artists copy one another.
It is inescapable that when you gather millions of artists together into a central location which is filled to the brim with their individual ideas and creativity several things are going to happen; separate artists will submit similar things without ever having heard of the other, artists will inspire other artists who will then make similar looking works, and some artists will blatantly copy other artists.
The last situation is one which causes many in the community some concern.
Deliberate copying can take many forms; direct tracing, painti