We have found in the past that naming and shaming has caused upset and flaming(even amongst those not accused), especially when the accused is in fact innocent. We aim to have a more welcoming attitude and thus we discourage the naming and shaming policy.
Wolfhome also has the policy that users deserve privacy, even when breaking a rule. It makes our job harder as admins if the user has been accused outright, as they may remove the images or any evidence of stolen works. While we do see the bonuses of it being pointed out in public, it can cause even more issues if it is left unchecked in the public domain. Due to the high volume of posts and threads made everyday some may be missed, sadly we cannot always keep up with everything on the boards. Contacting us directly will ensure that the art theft will be stopped ASAP.
There are many ways to report art theft, the quickest of which is to PM/send an in chat message to a member of the ART or Forum Department. A list of admins and their rolls can be found here. Other methods include emailing the ART directly at wolfhomeart @ yahoo.com (no spaces), contacting an ART or forum member in chat or sending in a problem ticket.
The actions taken against an account when committing art theft will happen as follows:
- A stern warning on the first offense and removal of all offending works from public view on the forums/chat.
An immediate three day ban should there be a second offense and removal of all offending works from public view on the forums/chat.
A two week ban on the third offense and removal of all offending works from public view on the forums/chat.
A permanent ban will be placed if any further offenses happen and removal of all offending works from public view on the forums/chat.
Any art theft hosted on photobucket, deviantart, sheezyart, furaffinity or similar websites is not something we can stop/remove! As Wolfhome admins we cannot do anything about art theft on other websites other than report it. It must be reported directly to the staff of the site which the theft is found. Please let the website you found the theft on know!
Some sites like photobucket will only take action should the creator of the work come forward. PMing the artist of stolen works is sometimes useful aswell in situations where websites ask that the copyright owner of an image come forward about it being stolen.
As a little end note, I'd like to thank the userbase on behalf of the ART and all of the admins for remaining vigilant and reporting things that they find, even if it is just a slight suspicion! Your efforts are pretty priceless when it comes to art theft, and all the help we get is very much appreciated :). Thankyou for reading.