Ya'll know Hot Topic is riddled with art thievery, right? Well, turns out it isn't thievery. You know the Terms and Conditions rule, right; you never read them, it's just click and agree. Well. We should have read them.
THIS IS WHAT YOU AGREE TO WHEN YOU SUBMIT WORK:
Turns out, by accepting DeviantArt's terms and conditions, you are giving them permission to sell any art you post on this website to any third party, WITHOUT ROYALTIES. That's right, not only are they going to be selling your art, but you won't receive a penny or even a notice. A lot of people find out that their art has been taken when people show them off their own backs. The second that picture is posted on this website, it is no longer yours, it belongs to DA and can be sold as such, and it is allowed to be edited. It can be cropped and resized as the new owner pleases.
Also, once it is sold, DeviantArt can NO LONGER BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. As soon as it's been sold then it's up to you to sort it out, which won't be possible as the art has been brought from its "rightful owner" and legally purchased. Basically, the only way you'd be able to stop your art being mass produced on clearance sale T-shirts is to appeal to a company's better nature, and I'm pretty damn sure Hot Topic doesn't have one.
I think it's foul. I thought this was just a lovely website where artists could post their work and meet friends, and that profit was gained through premium memberships and print buying. Nope. It's just another profit website and I am...well. DA used to be my favourite place, but now, I'm not so sure.
People in the XS fandom should be pretty much safe. We're a small fandom and not exactly a popular thing to wear on cheap black shirts, so we should be fine. But fan art isn't safe, especially when it's drawn in vector and easily resized.
Though I'd say we're all gon b k, I would recommend watermarking or logo'ing your work, just to be safe. You never know when something's suddenly going to come into style or become popular. The biggest shit going down, I've noticed, is Disney art and Adventure Time. So, if you post anything like that, just stay safe, and don't let anything be taken from you.
AND IF THIS DOES HAPPEN TO YOU then remove the art from the website and make it an illegitimate sale. Become a Fuck U-nicorn.