Ok so I have been here for over 8 years now and when I started posting my stuff here I actually did read the submission policy BUT I don't remember reading anything about the fact that DeviantArt has all the rights to my art when I submit them here!!? I just came across this info and I am shocked! According to this www.deviantart.com/submit/agre…
I have given some rights to everything I have been submitting here for years. Every single one of my photos and other art. They can publish your art in any media, use it to showcase their website or even promote certain groups without your knowledge (it could be literally anything). They can edit, change, or otherwise modify your artwork in any way they want, as well as sublicensing it to third parties (such as Hot Topic where I have been seeing some art from here). By posting on DA, you forfeit your right to dispute any third party profits or copyright infringements upon your art.
So all my watermarks don't mean shit or the copyright text I add on the description box. They don't mean shit here. DA can still use my stuff as they please because fuck you.
"the right to sublicense to any other person or company any of the licensed rights in the Artist Materials, or any part of them, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Artist acknowledges that Artist will not have any right, title, or interest in any other materials with which Artist Materials may be combined or into which all or any portion of Artist Materials may be incorporated."
I seriously don't know what to say... I know I still "retain all rights" to my art but this has some major blackholes in it that I don't feel comfortable with. They could have been using my art for anything this whole time... my art is literally the only thing I'm proud of and I want to protect it...why would I give away any of my rights to something like that. My stuff is not free and I never intended it to be used freely for what ever. I'm seriously deleting my account. That's it.