It recently came to our attention that a website called Art4Love.com was offering prints for sale, some based off of deviations also found on deviantART.com (and perhaps other works by artists not on deviantART). Art4Love.com is currently offline, but was up long enough to make some artists very understandably upset, as neither the artists (we are told) nor deviantART ever gave permission for Art4Love.com to sell these prints.
We've been tracking the exchanges of comments and journals about all possible infringing activity and are ready to provide information from our side that would help legal action that any of the affected artists decide to bring. We will also fully cooperate with any government agency that may become involved because of consumer complaints against this apparently infringing website and the people running it. We would also happily cooperate with any possible fraud investigations.
As a note of caution, we don’t have all the facts. For example, there is not yet confirmation that any prints were ever sold; there is a lot of speculation about who the person or people might be behind the website; the images actually visible on the website were only thumbnails and we have no understanding how the people running that business could have gained access to large enough files to make prints; and so forth.
Thank you to all deviants who brought this matter to the attention of deviantART's administrators. We've been working on this issue for several days and will continue to closely monitor the situation. We ask that deviants please keep level heads during this ongoing process. If you have additional, specific, details to provide on the matter, please contact me via note.
~$HeidiVice President of Marketing