For next month's promotions (meaning, December Promotions) and on, anyone who still has those sites on their credit list will not be promoted!
It seems to us that the copyright rules are still not being read sufficiently - which is why we thought this rule would make clear to everyone how important we think this copyright issue is. What we want to see on your credit lists are the original sources of the stock and model pictures you used.
If you used google to find your picture, you don't credit google, but the site/photographer the picture actually comes from. As for weheartit, tumblr and photobucket, it's actually preferable if those sites weren't used at all to find pictures on, but if you use them, always make sure you know for a fact you are allowed to use the picture. If you're unsure on how to do this or unsure on how you can find out the picture is safe to use, I suggest you read the copyright rules posted all over the site.
I can assure you that we will follow through on this - even if it means a lot less people get promoted next time around.
Also, I forgot to add: This also holds true for Staff Artists and Staff Moderators - just because you're not getting promoted anymore doesn't mean the rule isn't applicable to you.