Case Studies/DeviantArt Study

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Image, MovingImage, Other
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art socialnetwork


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deviantArt is an international online artist community that strives to provide a place where anyone can exhibit artistic works.

As you can guess, we have a large community of digital artists which means we also have a large group of people who do photomanipulation. Having Creative Commons licences makes it so much easier for people to be able to see exactly how they can use stock resources and photos for their own work. Richard Hartley, Director of Community Development


deviantArt is an online artist community that encourages free form expression of ideas through user submitted content. This content ranges includes "photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking and skins for applications. The site also has extensive downloadable resources for use by creators such as tutorials and stock photography. wikipedia

License Usage

CC license options are built into deviantArt's UI, allowing users to set the permissions they want their works to carry. Naturally, different users choose different options for their works, including All Rights Reserved.


The motivation for using CC licenses is simple and two-fold. Firstly, it is a clear and simple way for users to see what they can and can't do with other works on deviantArt. Secondly, it gives legal credibility to deviantArt's ethos of community sharing.