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Storing images from DA: Copyright violation or not? 

54%
521 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 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Digital Artist
saving without any kind of redistribution is fine by me
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:iconwtfgirl:
WTFgirl Featured By Owner 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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:iconmidnightexigent:
MidnightExigent Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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:
Armonah Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
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:
JotePaine Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
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 Featured By Owner 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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:iconangelstained:
angelStained Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Writer
I use dA for hosting images, honestly, but not often- once in three months? I mean, if copyrighted devIDs are allowed, hosting should be.
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:iconalavna:
Alavna Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I was younger I used to save images that I liked so I wouldn't lose them.
Now with all the favouriting and bookmarking you can do in browsers and websites the only image downloading I do is for computer backgrounds.. otherwise they just take up space on my computer.
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:iconantique-unicorn:
Antique-Unicorn Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I save images because so many great tutorials and drawings have been taken off the interwebs :(
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:iconacoustiquerain:
AcoustiqueRain Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
agree! the tutorials are very helpful, and i only save images to view them and show the amazing art (and artists) to my friends and family. they are like little inspirations for me to get better at my own art. i have a specific folder marked "deviantART - borrowed" so that i know exactly where it came from and who to give credit to if i do use it as a reference. but never to reproduce or copy or sell. that is not right or proper. and i'm sorry for any artists who have come across problems with people using or stealing their art :[
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:iconantique-unicorn:
Antique-Unicorn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student General Artist
My folder is labeled Admired Art :D I have a seperate folder for tutorials and they're all organised by subject.
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:iconacoustiquerain:
AcoustiqueRain Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exactly, and i don't see anything wrong with that at all. :]
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:iconm-snark:
m-snark Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Assuming browser cache images on HDD and these files may be stored for months.. I don't see saving as a problem, as long as it's for "view" purpose.

DA offer nice fav system, but many sites does not, and sometimes saving image is the easiest way not too loose it.

My two eurocents :)
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:iconsupergeek17:
supergeek17 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't see saving as a problem, as long as it's for "view" purpose.

This is what I came to post, really.
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
:nod:
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