realitysquared, Director of Policy Enforcement, sent me this:
"Since deviantART is a 'for profit' website offering a range of products for sale we cannot be considered a simple 'fan-site' as most corporations would define them.
In addition it is our policy to require explicit written permission for the use of third party materials- the quote which you provided is an unofficial implied permission which we do not acknowledge.
FAQ #8: What does deviantART consider to be Art Theft? explains out stance."
So... Even a quote I provided from a source from a rep. of LucasFilm is "unofficial" and "implied". I wonder who has their head high up in the clouds now... And the last time I checked, TheForce.Net, one of the biggest Star Wars websites out there, is a 'for profit' website. Guess what? They let artwork be posted there. They even have a gallery. Wonder why it's ok there, but not here.
I guess this is the final word then.
It is sad all things must have an end. But this end came too quickly. If they did this to everyone, not just "picking and choosing", I might be able to grasp it better.
I encourage all of you to try to protest against this in any way. I for one am leaving the site. I will have one more artwork posted here, but it will not be for me. It will be for the community. If you have any Star Wars, LOTR, or any other artwork (including icons) that is picked on by the admins here at DA, don't try to fight it. I did. I provided good arguments, but they weren't good enough. I even found a quote. Doesn't matter. My work here was deleted, sent into the void. Yet others still have their work out...
I don't need to spend time here at a hypocritical site like this one, that won't stand by their policies 100%, and "picks and chooses" their victims. I am starting my own website to post my work at. I will leave the link here when I am finished creating it. I encourage all of you to do the same, before (and if) your work is deleted.
To those on my watched list: I will still continue to view your work. Some of your works have inspired me to try out different things. I also really enjoyed talking to you all, by way of comments and such. I won't be leaving the internet: if you want to talk to me, send me an IM. I'll be around.
Once again, I am sorry it had to come to this. I would like to say I'll miss it, but I probably won't. Not with the trouble this site has caused.
Until next time.