*nod* Well I hope that's not an issue in the future. Art theft is totally lame. I always use paypal for payments, the points system is kind of annoying, I think Deviantart likes having it's fingers in that a bit too much for my taste.
You have got a point there, i don't know yet if there is a paypal option for this. Would have to check it out. Yeah Art Theft sucks, but we probably just have to live with it. A model who I have worked with also got someone acting like here and coping her portfolio as a model. That was also new for me.
I don't think it's official on DA, I just say "Takes paypal for payment" and send people bills depending on what they are getting. What does copying someone even achieve? A tiny bit of fandom among a small group of people? It's not like you're posting new photos before the artist's official website does... Iiii just don't get it really. Sees more than odd and stupid to me.