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Guys please, please, when you’re reblogging fanart, take an extra second to check the source of the image. Reposting of fanart has gotten really really bad all of a sudden and I’d like to ask everyone to take an extra second and make sure that when you reblog a post with art, it’s one that’s properly sourced. If you see it on your dash and there’s no source listed on the left or there’s no clickthrough to a pixiv or deviant page, then it’s more than likely reposted art. (Sidenote: places like zerochan are NOT credible sources; that site is made up entirely of art that’s reposted by people who didn’t make it and might not even know it’s there.)
Imagine if you were an artist who spent all this time on this really nice picture and then someone saved it and reuploaded it without even caring? A lot of artists choose not to watermark because they don’t like it but if this doesn’t stop, we’re going to see a lot of unhappy artists who decide to start putting really big, ugly watermarks on their art or shift fandoms completely because they’re sick of the art theft. I know the pictures are really cute and adorable, but please, please consider checking sources before you just reblog.
And if you’re reposting art because you don’t know where it came from: don’t, because it’s really rude to repost someone else’s stuff and “I didn’t know where it came from” isn’t an excuse, but if you’re going to anyway, at least put a message on the post asking “does anyone know who made this” so someone who knows where the picture came from can properly source it. It’s seriously not okay that it’s gotten this bad; I know “it’s the internet” but there’s no reason that just because it’s just a picture, people shouldn’t be considerate.
You can also use Google’s Reverse Image search or another site like Tineye to find sources on things. If that fails, then yeah, ask, because chances are, somebody knows who did it.
Seriously, though, posting things without credit is not cool.
Okay, so, I read this, and, while I agree it’s important to give an artist credit, I think this is sometimes too server.
Some people just want to browse tumblr and reblog photos of pretty, cute, or otherwise “interesting” things. Sometimes the person who posted them did not include a pixiv or whatever click-through link.
Yes, some people have enough spoons or whatever to go through and search the web, find the original, and add the click-through link.
But others… they just don’t. They are not trying to take credit for others art, they just cannot, for whatever reason, go out of their way to search for sources to things.
They want to share beauty, in whatever shape it takes for them. If you put this constraint, this idea that reblogging without adding a click-through link is “bad”, it is shaming people who cannot do it. It forces them to choose… do I put a lot more effort into sharing this picture, this photo, so that I can be “accepted” and “good”, or am I forced to ignore it, even though it is something I want to share, I can’t, because it would make me “bad”.
So, yes. Again, it is important to add these links when blogging them the first time. It is great to add them when you discover a post which does not have one. But please don’t shame people who, for whatever reason, cannot do more than simply reblog? It’s not their fault the post does not have a link.
Can we please not turn this into a social justice issue? This is not a social justice issue, and grasping at straws to make it into one so your argument can shame people into sympathizing with it is cruel and disgusting to the people dealing with the plights that you’re co-opting.
That said: it takes about as much time to reverse-image search to find a source as it does to make your average post on your blog of choice with content you didn’t create and aren’t crediting. If you can’t find it one day, set it aside to look again another day. If you still can’t find the time or “spoons” to take five minutes of sedentary action to look something up on the internet, then you should really not be blogging with images. It’s unethical and really not ok, regardless of how cool a person wants to look by posting other people’s pretty art on the internet.
To close: stop making
everything this into a fucking social justice issue jfc.
Compare this image (source here):
To this illustration, done years prior (source here, under “Major Arcana”. It’s the Death card.)
Am I wrong to be pissed the fuck off for Margaret Trauth, the original artist? There are too many astoundingly similar elements to the two pictures for it to be coincidence, and coming from a woman that’s demanding that every photographer release the copyrights to any photograph taken of her, doing something as Deviantart-noob low as stealing a concept smacks heavily of some some foul-ass hypocritical bullshit.
EDIT: Just talked to the illustrator of the Death card, and she Ain’t Even Mad™. So everything’s cool.