100 deviants saidNo big deal. If people don't want their pictures to be stored they shouldn't make them available in the first place.
81 deviants saidIt's fine ONLY when the artist provided the download of the file. Otherwise saving is not right.
46 deviants saidIt'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.
28 deviants saidYes. You can't simply save anything from the web unless it's explicitly marked as free stock or wallpaper.
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.
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.
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).