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Storing images from DA: Copyright violation or not? 

54%
520 deviants said Of course not. As long as you don't do anything else but viewing them.
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162 deviants said Since when is storing pictures a copyright violation? Read DA's Copyright Policy for enlightenment: about.deviantart.com/policy/co…
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100 deviants said No big deal. If people don't want their pictures to be stored they shouldn't make them available in the first place.
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81 deviants said It's fine ONLY when the artist provided the download of the file. Otherwise saving is not right.
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46 deviants said It's close to art theft if there is no written permission to save a copy. And an enabled download doesn't mean you are allowed to have a copy of the file. A download on DA simply directs you to the original image source, not the saving procedure.
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28 deviants said Yes. You can't simply save anything from the web unless it's explicitly marked as free stock or wallpaper.
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27 deviants said Other.

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:iconvashtastic:
Vashtastic May 29, 2011   Digital Artist
saving without any kind of redistribution is fine by me
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:iconwtfgirl:
WTFgirl May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I know I've save images to my computer to set as wall papers just because of how awesome they are. I also know it's probably something I shouldn't do ><;
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:iconthunderstatement:
Thunderstatement May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
people who think downloading images from dA is a copyright violation have to, in their own logic, consider themselves as well as any visitor of dA copyright violators too because anybody who loads up any page containing any sort of deviation images downloads them onto their computer simply by loading the page.

what you see in your browser resides on your computer. it's been downloaded and is stored.

it doesn't matter how it's done, be it automatically or by clocking a button. downloading and storing is downloading and storing.

the notion that downloading and storing an image is a copyright violation is just completely wrong.
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:iconmikiv26:
Mikiv26 May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's fine as long as you don't sell it or say "ITS MINE!!"
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:iconhazel23:
Hazel23 May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's like going to an art museum and taking photos of the images. As long as it's only for your veiwing, and as long as you don't try to distribute or sell, I think it's ok.
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:iconphydeau:
phydeau May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's comparable to music files. If an artist makes a low-quality version available on their myspace page, and people download it for their own listening, that's fine. It's when you get into the illegal distribution of CD-quality files that it's bad. It's even worse if someone, say, makes a film and uses that music without permission.
As someone pointed out, your computer already stores images on your hard drive in the cache. I don't see a problem as long as it isn't re-uploaded, or in any other way re-distributed free or commercially, even if adapted or modified.
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:iconlyricanna:
Lyricanna May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saving a copy isn't an issue, but use or redistribution without the artist's explicit permission is a huge issue in my opinion.
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:iconarmonah:
Aw, damn. I misread the question and voted wrong >_>

No, I don't think there's anything wrong with storing pictures from dA and using them as reference or inspiration.
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:iconjotepaine:
No, this isn't infringement as long as people do not use the work and claim it as their own. The image storing can however be considered 'piracy' because you're taking an image and not paying for it (for example: a watermarked version viewable on dA may also be available without the watermark when purchased).
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:iconplumbunnies:
plumbunnies May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Save images on your computer if you really would like to collect. (That is, if you are not willing to put them back out online. That's the issue.)
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