DeviantART is an art site.
If the only images that were ever posted to dA were screenshots (including collages and photo manipulations of multiple screenshots) from movies, games, shows, etc. then deviantART would NOT
be an art site. Ponder that for a minute. DeviantART is a place for posting original artwork - that is, artwork that is created entirely by the person who posts it.
Basically everyone who ever posts screenshots (and collages of screenshots) on this site DOES NOT OWN THE CONTENT OF THE SCREENSHOTS THAT THEY ARE POSTING.
Ponder that for a minute.
The "fair use" argument doesn't work here because screenshots and screenshot mashups do not qualify as original artwork. They qualify as stolen artwork; someone else - the game developer(s), storyboard artist(s), etc. are the ones who created the characters and scenes in those screenshots. You did not. If you post screenshots from games, movies, shows, etc., you are stealing their work. Common screenshots I've seen lately in some groups I'm a part of:
Screenshots from various movies and shows:
I absolutely hate the "death battle" images because there is NEVER original artwork in them at all:
This person - pokestore - posts nothing but screenshots of shiny pokemon to make money. That's definitely not what dA should be used for:
An image with different screenshot images mashed together: filmcity.deviantart.com/galler…
This person blocked me ages ago when I commented on one of their images once telling them they shouldn't post things that don't belong to them. Their gallery is filled with screenshot mashups and artwork from various other places online that doesn't belong to them.
As you can see, none of the content in any of the images above belong to the people who posted them. This is a widespread problem all over dA, and the site admins have done little to nothing about it. Unfortunately, dA users no longer have the option to report people unless it was their work being stolen. I cannot report any of the above images because none of that work belongs to me; it belongs to the storyboard artists, game developers, etc. This is a huge problem, and I think something needs to be done about it. Of course, the dA admins aren't going to do anything about it right now - so the only thing we can do is spread the word all over dA until the issue is recognized by at least ONE dA admin. If anyone else cares about this, help me spread awareness.EDIT:
Someone in the comments whose account has been deactivated between the time the comment was posted and the time I saw it asked why there is a 'meme' category on deviantART. The meme category is reserved for FREE TO USE ARTIST MEMES, NOT INTERNET MEMES (unless of course you created the internet meme entirely yourself; then it's acceptable).
Here are some examples of artist memes:
The above artist memes are meant to be filled with original artwork - artwork that belongs entirely to the person posting it.
I'm glad I could clear that up for you.EDIT #2:
If anyone else wants to whine about how I'm "making up rules" and "just being dramatic," save your fucking breath. Read the rules: What does DeviantArt consider to be a proper desktop screenshot?
The various screenshots categories which we provide here at DeviantArt are intended primarily for the submission of desktop screenshots. Unaltered, unedited screenshots of video games in-progress are allowed to be placed into your Scrapbook only.
Valid desktop screenshots are those which display your current wallpaper, your desktop icons, your taskbar, and preferably one or more open programs. Screenshots which have been cleared in a manner which leaves only the wallpaper will be considered invalid submissions to these categories and may in fact violate the DeviantArt copyright policy.
All users should be aware that the submission of plain or “cleared off” third party wallpapers, altered or edited video game screenshots, and still frames from television programs or motion pictures can be considered violations of our copyright policy. Likewise screenshots consisting solely of official video game artwork, artwork ‘found’ on other websites and any other material created by another artist can also be removed from this section as violations of our copyright policy if they do not possess the characteristics of a valid desktop screenshot as described above.
None of the screenshot examples I posted in this journal meet the above criteria.