I recently encouraged a deviant to fess up to the crime of blatantly referencing someone's art and calling it their own, and I did it in the nicest way possible. I even tried to encourage him, letting him know it looked like he had real talent and didn't need to do that. (I've seen other hacks steal others art and call it their own, and even their versions were crap.) He had responded to me to apologise and to let me know that he had apologised to the artist he referenced, and that he gave the appropriate credit to that artist, not realising the boo-boo he had made. He was just practicing and didn't give the proper credit to the artist. I completely understood that, and wanted to respond back to him and wish him all the best success.
That's when I find out he had blocked me from any posting, commenting, or even writing notes to him.
Yes, he has that right, and yes, he was probably burned by the mass criticizing he had to endure for the oopsie, but to block people, especially those who had his best interests in mind, tells me maybe he wasn't being completely honest with himself or us. There's an immaturity to this response, and it infuriated me.
This is me just griping, so whether this all makes logical sense wasn't the point. Just venting, and i wanted you to know about it.
If you reference someone's work, then give them credit. If you forget, prepare for the onslaught that is us defending us.
And if you make the mistake, fess up, fix it, and move on. Don't block us because you're afraid of similar repercussions arising again... unless you are foolhardy enough to do it again.
And if you are purposefully ripping off others, we will find you out and you will pay in blood. The artists here are sacrificing their own blood, sweat and tears to create and let you in on it. We don't go for your type here.